Acronyms & Abbreviations
Morris Co. Up


The following tables are some of the organization, acronyms and abbreviations that I have encountered.
If you know of any others that you think should be included, send me an email so we can update the list.

Organizations

This table is a list of some of the organizations that I have found in my reading. While not all inclusive, it is a start.
One of the main sources that I used for the list was The Encyclopaedic Dictionary, edited by Robert Hunter and Prof. Charles Morris; Philadelphia, Pa., Syndicate Publishing Company, 1898, Volume VI pp5358-59.

You may also want to check out the links on Cyndi's List.

R.S.M.Royal & Selected Masons

I.O.K.S.B.

Independent Order of Kescher Schel Brazel  
(a Jewish benevolent association 1860-1903)
Jehuda Lodge No. 37 
I. O. K. S. B. 
100 Market Street
Newark, NJ

AMDAllied Masonic Degree
 

American Authors' Guild. Founded 1892

ABAAmerican Benefit Association

AFL

American Federation of Labor. Founded 1876

ALOH

American Legion of Honor. Founded 1878

APA

American Protective Association. Founded 1887

 

American Protestant Association, Junior. Founded 1890

 

American Protestant Association. Founded 1849

ASPCA

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Founded 1866

 

Ancient and Illustrious Order of Knights of Malta. Organized in its modern form in Scotland in the eighteenth century; introduced into American in 1870
The sisterhood was known as the Dames of Malta

AAONMS

Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Masonic)

AASRAncient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Masonic)
AOD

Ancient Order of Druids. Founded (England) 1781; introduced into United States 1839

AOF

Ancient Order of Foresters. Founded (England) 1745; introduced into United Sates 1832

AF&AM

Ancient Order of Free and Accepted Masons. Founded (in its modern form) early in the eighteenth century; introduced into United States in 1733

A.O.H.
L.A.O.H.

Ancient Order of Hibernians. Founded 1836
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians aka Daughters of Erin

AOUW

Ancient Order of United Workmen. Founded 1868

 

Artisans' Order of Mutual Protection. Founded 1873. Principally in Philadelphia.

 

Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Founded 1888

 

Aztec Club of 1846. Founded (City of Mexico) 1847; incorporated 1892

BYPU

Baptist Young People's Union of America. Founded 1891

BPOE

Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. Founded 1866

 

Brotherhood of Christian Unity. Founded 1893

 

Brotherhood of Philip and Andrew. Founded 1888

BRT

Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen

 

Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Founded 1883

CBL

Catholic Benevolent Legion. Founded 1881

CK of A

Catholic Knights of America. Founded 1877

CMBA

Catholic Mutual Benefit Association. Founded 1876

 

Catholic Total Abstinence Union. Founded 1872

 

Children of the Confederacy. Founded at Alexandria, Va. April, 1896

 

Christian Alliance. Founded 1887

 

Colonial Order of the Acorn. Founded 1892; members less than 100

 

Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Founded 1892; members limited to 100 resident and 20 non-resident

 

Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo. Founded 1891

CSSIW

Continental Society Sons of Indian Wars

DoL

Daughters of Liberty. Founded 1875 (An outgrowth of the United American Mechanics)

 

Daughters of Rebekah (Women's Branch of the Odd Fellows). Founded 1850

DAR

Daughters of the American Revolution. Founded 1890

 

Daughters of the Cincinnati. Founded 1894

 

Daughters of the Confederacy. Founded 1894; State chapters probably in all the Southern States

 

Daughters of the King. Founded 1885

 

Daughters of the Revolution. Founded 1891

 

Descendants of the Pioneers of America. Founded 1893

 

Empire Knights of Relief. Members (as of 1894) 1401

 

Epworth League. Founded 1889

EAU

Equitable Aid Union. Founded 1879

 

Foresters of America. Introduced from England about 1874, severed from English society 1889

 

Fraternal Legion

FOE

Fraternal Order of Eagles

 

Fraternity of Modern Woodmen of America. Founded 1883

F&AM

Free and Accepted Masons

 

Gaelic Society. Founded 1879

 

General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Founded 1862

 

General Society of War of 1812. Founded 1814

GAR

Grand Army of the Republic. Founded 1866

 

Grand Fraternity. Founded 1885

 

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows of America (Colored branch). Founded 1843

 

Grangers. (See Patrons of Husbandry)

 

Greek Letter College Societies. Kappa-Alpha, the oldest in United States, founded 1825

 

Holland Society of New York. Founded 1875

 

Home Circle. Founded 1879

 

Huguenot Society of America. Founded 1883

 

Improved Order of Heptasophs. Founded 1878

I.O.R.M

Improved Order of Red Men. Founded 1771; reorganized under present (1894) title 1834
The precepts of the Order are Freedom, Friendship and Charity
Independent Red Men's Hall Association 
154 Market Street, Newark, NJ

 

Independent Order of B'rith Abraham. Founded 1859

IOF

Independent Order of Foresters

 

Independent Order of Mechanics. Founded 1868

IOOF

Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Founded (England) about 1745; introduced into United States 1819; independent of English order 1842

 

Independent Order of Rechabites. Founded (England) 1835; introduced into United States 1842

 

Independent Order of Sons of Benjamin

IOGT

International Order of Good Templars. Founded 1851

IOJD

International Order of Job's Daughters

 

Iowa Legion of Honor

 

Irish Catholic Benevolent Union. Founded 1869

J.O.A.M.

Junior Order of American Mechanics

J.O.U.A.M.

Junior Order of United American Mechanics. Founded 1853

 

Knights and Ladies of Honor. Founded 1877

 

Knights and Ladies of the Golden Star

K. of C.

Knights of Columbus

 

Knights of Honor. Founded 1873

 

Knights of Labor. Founded 1869

K.O.T.M.Knights of the Maccabees

K of P

Knights of Pythias. Founded 1864

 

Knights of St. John and Malta. Founded in its modern form in Scotland; introduced into United States in 1874

 

Knights of the Golden Eagle. Founded 1873

 

Knights of the Golden Rule

 

Knights of the Maccabees. Founded 1881

 

Knights of the Mystic Chain. Founded 1871

K.T.

Knights Templar - Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem

 

Kriegerbund - German-American organization of veterans from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. At the turn of the century, 1900's, there was one in Youngstown and one in Akron, Ohio. 

 

League of American Wheelmen. Founded 1880

 

Legion of the Red Cross. Founded 1885

 

Loyal Order of Moose  http://www.mooseintl.org/

 

Medal of Honor Legion. Founded 1890

 

Military and Naval Order of the United States. Founded 1894

 

Military Order of the Loyal Legion. Founded 1865

 

Military Society of the War of 1812. Founded 1826

 

Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons (Colored branch). Founded 1784

 

Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Founded 1854

 

National Association of Naval Veterans. Founded 1887

 

National Cymrodorion Society. Founded 1890

 

National League for Good Roads. Founded 1892

 

National Mary Washington Memorial Association. Founded 1890

 

National Provident Union. Founded 1883

NSDAC

National Society Daughters of the American Colonists

 

National Society of Children of the American Revolution. Founded 1895

 

National Society of New England Women. Founded 1895

 

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Founded 1890; societies 14 (in original States and District of Columbia)

NSSDP

National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims

 

National Union. Founded 1881

 

Naval Order of the United States. Founded 1890

 

New England Order of Protection. Founded 1887

 

Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (Composed of Knights Templars and thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Masons.)

 

Northwestern Legion of Honor

 

Order of Chosen Friends. Founded 1879

 

Order of Mutual Protection

 

Order of Scottish Clans. Founded 1878

 

Order of the Golden Chain. Founded 1881

 

Order of United American Mechanics. Founded 1840

 

Order of United Friends. Founded 1881

 

Order of Washington. Founded 1895

 

Patriotic Order of Sons of America. Founded 1847

 

Patriots of America (advocates of Free Silver). Founded 1895

 

Patrons of Husbandry. Founded 1867

 

Patriotic Order Sons of America

 

Protected Home Circle

 

Regular Army and Navy Union. Founded 1888

 

Republican Club

RA

Royal Academy

RA

Royal Arcanum. Founded 1877

R.A.M.

Royal Arch Masons (York Rite masons, seventh degree)

 

Royal Knights of America. Founded 1890

 

Royal League

 

Royal Society of Good Fellows. Founded 1882

 

Royal Templars of Temporance. Founded 1878

 

Salvation Army. Founded (England) 1865

 

Scotch-Irish Society of America. Founded 1889

 

Select Friends

 

Senate of Sparta. Founded 1879

 

Shield of Honor

SCW

Society of Colonial Wars. Founded 1892; State societies 13

 

Society of Mayflower Descendants. Founded 1894

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Founded (Paris) 1833

 

Society of the Army of Georgia. Founded 1868

 

Society of the Army of the Cumberland. Founded 1868

 

Society of the Army of the Tennessee. Founded 1865

 

Society of the Army of West Virginia. Founded 1871

 

Society of the Cincinnati. Founded 1783.

 

Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Founded 1891; societies 14 (in original States and District of Columbia)

 

Society of the Foreign Wars of the United States. Founded 1894

SCVThe Sons of Confederate Veterans Founded 1896
 

Sons of Jonadab. Founded 1867-1870 (Temperance organization)

 

Sons of Temperance. Founded 1842

SAR

Sons of the American Revolution. Founded 1889

SR

Sons of the Revolution. Founded 1876

SUVCWSons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, founded 1881, legal successor to the GAR (by Congressional charter in 1954), The SUVCW is one of five Allied Orders of the GAR. The other four Orders are: Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
 

Sons of Veterans, U.S.A. Founded 1879

 

St. Nicholas Society of the City of New York. Founded 1835

 

The Eclectic Assembly. Members (as of 1894) 178

 

The Fraternal Mystic Circle. Founded 1884

 

The Pilgrim Society. Founded 1820

 

Theosophical Society. Founded 1875

 

Tribe of Ben Hur. Founded 1894

 

Union Veterans’ Union. Founded 1886

 

United American Veterans. Founded 1893

 

United Confederate Veterans. Founded 1889

 

United Order of Pilgrim Fathers. Founded 1879

 

United Order of the Golden Cross. Founded 1876

 

United Society of Christian Endeavor. Founded 1881

 

United States’ Daughters, 1776-1812. Founded 1892

 

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Founded 1874

 

Woman’s Relief Corps. Founded 1883

 

Woodmen of the World. Founded 1890

YMCA

Young Men's Christian Association. Founded (England) 1844; introduced into United States 1851

YWCA

Young Women's Christian Association. Founded 1857

Some Abbreviations used in Genealogy

afsdaforesaid

aka

Also known as
abt.about
aeaged
aft.after
agtagainst
ante.before, prior to
b.born
b.p.birthplace
b.pl.birthplace
bapt.baptized
B.L.Wt.Bounty Land Warrant
B.L.M.Bureau of Land Management
bef.before
betw.between
Bp.Baptized
Bro.brother
bur.buried
c. or ca.circa (about)
cem.cemetery
ch.church; children
chr.christened
co.county
d.died
dau.daughter
D.B.deed book
decd.deceased
desc.descendant
doditto
d/odaughter of
d.s.p.died without issue (Latin: descessit sine parole)
d.y.died young
EodEodem (on the same date)
est.estate
et al.and others (et alia)
f/ofather of
fa.father
Foliopage
g.s.gravestone
gdn.guardian
grdau.granddaughter
grdsn.grandson
h., hus.husband
h/ohusband of
IGIInternational Genealogical Index
inf.Infant or Infantry
impImprimis (in the first place)
inst.The abbreviation “inst.” stands for instant, or this month—within the same month.
int.intestate (without a will)
inv.inventory; invalid
J.P.Justice of Peace
LC or LOCLibrary of Congress
LiberBook or Volume
lic.license
m.male, married, month, mother
m/omother of
n.d.no date
n.f.r.no further record found
n.p.no place
n.publ.no publisher
n.s.new style date
nr.near
o.s.old style date
o.s.p.died without issue
obit.obituary
poss.possible, possibly
prprobate record
prob.probably
pub.published
rec.record
res.resides, residence
Rel. or Relictwidow or widower (relicta/relictus)
s.son
s/oson of
sic.thus (exact copy as written)
twp.township
ult.The abbreviation “ult.” stands for the Latin “ultimo,” or last—a date last month, during the preceding month. The abbreviation “ult” is often found in pre-1900 correspondence and in other early sources.
unm.unmarried
unpub.unpublished
viz.namely (videlicet)
w.wife
w/owife of
wid.widow; widower
yryear

 

Abbreviations of Given Names

This list is not all inclusive, and in many instances their are numerous abbreviations for a Given name.

AbraAbraham
BenjBenjamin
ChsCharles
ChasCharles
EdwdEdward
ElizElizabeth
JasJames
JnoJohn or Jonathan
MattMatthew
RebRebecca
RboRobert (this one is seldom seen)
RobtRobert
SamlSamuel
ThosThomas
ThomThomas
WmWilliam
XtophChristopher

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