Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Common Genealogical Abbreviations

Within genealogy there is an extensive use of abbreviations which the family historian must become acquainted with. So in order to assist in this I have listed the main ones in current use.

Admon Letter of Administration
Ag lab Agricultural Labourer
AGRA Association of Genealogists and Record Agents
BAHL British Association of Local History
BL British Library
BMD Births, Marriages and Deaths
BNL British Newspaper Library
Boyds Boyds Marriage Index
BT’s Bishops Transcripts
CofE Church of England
CP Civil Parish
CRO County Record Office
DNB Dictionary of National Biography
FFHS Federation of Family History Societies
FHG Fellow of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies
FHS Family History Society
FSG Fellow of the Society of Genealogists
FWK Framework knitter
GLRO Greater London Record Office
GRO General Record Office
GSU Genealogical Society of Utah
IGI International Genealogical Index
Illeg Illegitimate
IOL India Office Library
IRC International Reply Coupon
ISBN International Standard Book Number
ISBGFH International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (USA)
JP Justice of the Peace
LDS Church The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints
MIs Monumental Inscriptions
Mss Manuscript
NGD National Genealogical Dictionary
NLW National Library of Wales
Notp Not of this Parish
NRA National Register of Archives
ONS Office of National Statistics
OPR’s Old Parish Registers
Otp Of this Parish
PCC Prerogative Court of Canterbury
PCY Prerogative Court of York
PLU Poor Law Union
PPR Principal Probate Registry
PR Parish Register
PRO Public Record Office
QS Quarter Sessions
RD Registration Districts
RO Record Office
RO Removal Order
SAE Stamped Addressed Envelope
SC Settlement Certificate
SE Settlement Exam
SF Society of Friends
SLC Salt Lake City
SoG Society of Genealogists
Soj Sojourner
SRO Scottish Record Office (Now the National Archives of Scotland)
Tp This Parish
TS Typescript
VCH Victorian County Histories
W.Meth Wesleyan Methodists
WO War Office
Yeo Yeoman

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