The study of genealogy demands that a person become
familiar with the precise terminology of other professions and periods
of time, as well as the terminology of genealogy itself. Whether
one comes upon an unfamiliar phrase in an ancestor's will, in a
published genealogy, or in a research report from a genealogical
research service, we offer the following glossaries for easy reference.
A list of common abbreviations used in genealogy.
A list of by-gone and technical medical terms such as
one might find on a death certificate, military medical record or other
A list of wars involving the United States military throughout history.
While not a glossary as such, this list of known
epidemics that swept areas of the United States makes a handy reference
when seeking out individuals whom disappear suddenly and seemingly
without a trace.
Here we include useful words and phrases for latin,
the language of the church and the law, a very useful reference when
working in older records for the first time.
Old Time Occupations
The names of many occupations and professions have
changed through the years. This list attempts to bridge the gap
for modern researchers.
This is a generic list of terms encountered in a
variety of genealogical areas.
Many military graves are inscribed with abbreviations
that denote the unit of service, rank, medals, or other information on
the military veteran. Many may also be marked with bronze or stone
placques provided by the Veterans Administration. This list
includes some of the most common abbreviations.
German-English Genealogy Symbols and Abbreviations
A list of German genealogy symbols and abbreviations
with English translation.
Proper Name Abbreviations
Often times, due to limited space, proper names were
abbreviated. This fact coupled with the old style handwriting made
deciphering the correct first or given name a problem. This
article will help the researcher solve that problem.
Place Name Abbreviations
As above, due to limited space, place names were
often abbreviated. This fact coupled with the old style
handwriting made deciphering the correct place name a problem.
This article will help the researcher solve that problem.
Deciphering Old Handwriting
While this article is not a glossary it will be
helpful to the researcher in deciphering old style handwritten
abbreviations. From a genealogy course taught by Sabina J. Murray.