Nova Scotia Genealogy Glossary
AF = Ancestral File - a database of genealogy information submitted by other researchers, available through the LDS, in pedigree format
BMD = Birth, Marriage and Death - an abbreviation used to indicate birth, marriage and death records or information
FHC = Family History Center - smaller branches of the FHL found worldwide
FHL = Family History Library - located in Salt Lake City, this main library of the LDS (Mormon) Church contains over 2 million rolls of microfilmed records, 400,000 microfiche, and 300,000 books
GEDCOM = acronym for "GEnealogical Data COMmunication.
A file containing information on a family, in a specific format. Usually a GEDCOM file is produced by entering data into a genealogical database program and then outputting the results in GEDCOM format
IGI = International Genealogical Index - database of names that have been extracted from various original records from all over the world and is available on computer via the LDS (Mormon) Church
LDS = Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ("Mormon Church") - known for their large collection of genealogical records
NA = National Archives of Canada - a repository for Canadian records located in Ottawa, Ontario
NARA = National Archives and Records Administration (U.S.) - a repository for United States Census records, passenger lists, naturalization records, etc.
NEHGS = New England Historic Genealogical Society - a repository for New England genealogical data
PAC = Public Archives of Canada - former name for the National Archives of Canada
PANS = Public Archives of Nova Scotia - a repository for Nova Scotia records and family histories
SSDI = Social Security Death Index - index of Social Security Death Benefit records in the U.S.
= a summary of important points such as you will find in a land
deed, will, or title
= the person, a man, assigned by the court to settle the
estate of a person who died without a will
= the person, a woman, assigned by the court to settle the
estate of a person who died without a will
= aged / age
= a table of one's ancestors, from the German Ahnen (ancestor) and Tafel (table or list)
= abbreviation for "also known as"
= a person from whom you are descended from in a direct line
Ancestor Chart (Pedigree Chart)
= a chart or form used to show your direct
line of ancestors. This would be you, your parents, grandparents, great
grandparents, great grandparents, and so forth
= a place where documents or records of a government or
organization are kept
= a bound collection of maps and charts
= abbreviation for "born"
bap. or bpt.
= abbreviation for "baptism"
= word used to give personal property by means of a will. The
property given in this manner is called a bequest
= a list of books about a specific subject, person, area,
or other topics
c. or ca.
= abbreviation for "circa". Circa is Latin for meaning about,
approximately and is used in front of a date or year on genealogical forms
= this was/is the official enumeration, listing, or counting of
persons, done every so many years
= page or section reference of a source
= relatives descended from the same stock, but in a different
line (aunts, uncles, cousins) and are not in your direct line
= one shared by any two people
= abbreviation for "County"
= abbreviation for "died"
= used in land records and is the transfer of property of ownership
from one person or more to another
= one who is descended from a specific ancestor, and those who will come after you, such as children and grandchildren
= descent from an ancestor through succeeding children
= died young
= on who emigrates from, or leaves, a country or region to settle
in another. This is not to be confused with immigrant who removes from a
= the property (real or personal) and debts of a deceased person
= the Latin term for "and others". This is found often in court
= a person, a man, named in the deceased's will to settle an
= a person, a woman, named in the will
Family Group Sheet/Record
= the chart commonly used to record the family
unit (husband, wife, and their children) in keeping track of names, dates,
events, places, occupations, etc.
= history of a family in context of the places and times
in which they lived
= a number stamped on every other page in a census and is the page number found in all census indexes. Sometimes only stamped on every fourth page. A census page will have more than one page number on it but the folio number is stamped in the upper right corner
= study of the origin and descent of families
= one's "first name" given at the time of birth or
= one who buys property or makes a grant in land records
= one who sells property or makes a grant in land records
= heir / heiress
= one who moves into one country from another
= the condition when one dies without leaving a will
= children (as in "no issue")
= living or lived
m. or md.
= the abbreviation for "married". May also be seen as an "=" sign to indicate a marriage between two individuals
= a woman's surname prior to marriage. You always use the
female's maiden name on all of your genealogical forms
= relating to a person's mother. Your maternal line would be
the ancestors of your mother
= a sheet containing greatly reduced reproductions of documents,
records, and books
= a roll of film containing greatly reduced reproductions of
documents, records, and books
= abbreviation for "no date" given
= no issue
= a term for an illegitimate child (as in "natural son of...
= the notice of a person's death, usually containing brief
biographical information that is published in newspapers or church
= relating to a person's father. Your paternal line would be
the ancestors of your father
= a chart which includes the direct ancestors (parents, grand-parents, etc.) of an individual. Does not include brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles or other relatives
= the record created at or near the time of an
= the proving of a will or now referred to as the settling of
an estate when a person dies
= place where a source can be found
= all other records that were not created at
or near the time of an event. These records were created or copied from other
= a Latin abbreviation for "thus". Used to show that a mis-spelled
word was transcribed as it appeared in the document or record
= a card index system that contains the names arranged by letter
and number codes according to the sounds of their consonants (U.S. only)
= a record or person that supplies information
= a term for an illegitimate child (as in "spurious son of...")
= the last (or family) name that a person bears in common with
others in his or her family, as distinguished from a given or Christian
= the condition when one dies leaving a will
= abbreviation for "township"
= ultimo (last)
= the civil records of birth, marriage, and death
= widow or widower
= a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposition
of his or her property (real and personal) or estate after death
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