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There are many abbreviated words related to genealogy and family history research. Some are not easily found in many glossaries that are available. Here is a list of a few of these:


ACPL;

Allen County Public Library; public 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
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 (a file format for transferring family history 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.
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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