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Glossaries are lists of terms or abbreviations used in a special subject, field, or area of usage, with accompanying definitions. Some of these are direct links to online websites; others are links to documents we have created by extracting these terms from a variety of sources and making them available here for your convenience.

Other Miscellany are links to miscellaneous genealogy-related items.

GLOSSARIES

 

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List and pictures of tombstone symbols that can be found across the United States and their meanings.   
 

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Tombstone Abbreviations & their Meanings
List and pictures of tombstone abbreviations that can be found across the United States and their meanings.
 

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Land Description - Terms and Abbreviations
List of terms and abbreviations used in land descriptions.
 

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Latin Terms and Phrases.
Latin terms appear often when looking through ancestral records. In particular wills, parish records and land records tend to be full of Latin terms. This dictionary helps you navigate all those unfamiliar terms.
 

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Odd Jobs and Old Jobs -  Medieval Professions
List of jobs and professions in Medieval times
 

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Wills - Terms and Definitions
List of terms used in wills
 

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City Directory Abbreviations
A reference list of the most common abbreviations found in city directories, copied from Genealogy In Time magazine at genealogyintime.com
 

   

 
OTHER MISCELLANY
 

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Cemetery - Terms and Symbols
Symbols of animals, plants, trades, and miscellaneous symbols, along with initials and abbreviations. Not comprehensive.
 

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Civil War Tombstones: A Quick Primer
Pictures of the difference between Union and Confederate tombstones. The difference is the top of the stone. Union tombstones have rounded tops. Confederate tombstones have pointed tops.
     

Last update September 17, 2016


 

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