These are the Chapman three-letter codes for Country and County (Pre-1974 counties). If you use these codes as a standard then you will be understood by other genealogists world-wide and will avoid confusion with places outside the England which may have the same names, see below (Chapman codes exist for all parts of the UK and Ireland).
ENG ENGLAND ...counties... BDF Bedfordshire MDX Middlesex BRK Berkshire NFK Norfolk BKM Buckinghamshire NTH Northamptonshire CAM Cambridgeshire NBL Northumberland CHS Cheshire NTT Nottinghamshire CON Cornwall OXF Oxfordshire CUL Cumberland RUT Rutland DBY Derbyshire SAL Shropshire DEV Devon SOM Somerset DOR Dorset STS Staffordshire DUR Durham SFK Suffolk ESS Essex SRY Surrey GLS Gloucestershire SSX Sussex HAM Hampshire WAR Warwickshire HEF Herefordshire WES Westmorland HRT Hertfordshire WIL Wiltshire HUN Huntingdon WOR Worcestershire KEN Kent YKS Yorkshire LAN Lancashire ERY Yorkshire - East Riding LEI Leicestershire NRY Yorkshire - North Riding LIN Lincolnshire WRY Yorkshire - West Riding LND London (City only)
Always use a county (shire) code and a country code, as in LIN, ENG.
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