Acronyms and Abbreviations

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There are many acroymns and abbreviated words unique to genealogy and family history research that may not be easily found in any other industry's terminology. Here are some of the more commonly used acronyms and abbreviations:

ACPL 
Allen County Public Library;  library in Fort Wayne, Indiana with extensive genealogy collections.
AF 
Ancestral File; patron-contributed lineage-linked family information submitted to FamilySearch.org prior to 1991.
bap / chr 
Baptized / Christened
BMD / BDM 
Births, Marriages, and Deaths
c / ca. / circa
approximately (ex. "ca. 1535" means "in about 1535")
CNBL 
Cannot Be Located
DAR 
Daughters of the American Revolution; Lineage society for female descendants of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. The DAR Library in Washington, D.C. houses significant genealogical collections and is open to the public.
dob 
Date of Birth
FHC 
Family History Center (to find a Family History Center near you, click here)
FHL 
Family History Library, largest genealogical library in the world.  Located in Salt Lake City, Utah and sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
FHLC 
Family History Library Catalog; searchable catalog of microfilm, fiche, books and periodicals available through FamilySearch.org.
GEDCOM 
GEnealogical Data COMmunications (instustry standard file format used by genealogy software programs to transfer data)
ill. 
Illegitimate (often recorded on birth certificates and other birth records)
IGI 
Inernational Genealogical Index
LDS 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
LOC 
Library of Congress; Research arm of the US Congress. Digital collections include historic newspapers, photographs, family genealogies, biographies and other items of interest to family history researchers.
NARA 
National Archives Records Administration; repository of official US government records including census, military, immigration, and other documents of interest to family history researchers.
NEHGS 
New England Historic Genealogical Society
NGS 
National Genealogical Society; provides education and training in genealogical research methods and works to promote access to and preservation of genealogical records.
PAF 
Personal Ancestral File; freeware genealogy software available at FamilySearch.org.
PRF 
Pedigree Resource File (a database within FamilySearch.org)
PRO 
Public Records Office; National Archives repository for official public records (birth, marriage, death, census, etc.) for the United Kingdom.
SSDI 
Social Security Death Index; master file of US death records reported to the Social Security Administartion available for free on-line through FamilySearch.org, ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com, genealogybank.com and other web sites.

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