Saturday, August 31, 2013

Valerie Eichler Lair, guest blogger

A family historian just starting out posted on The Organized Genealogist Facebook group page that she was confused by all of the acronyms we were using.  I mentioned that I should write about this on the blog and Valerie Eichler Lair volunteered to cover the topic for me in a guest blog.  Val is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is the proprietor of Val’s Roots Professional Genealogy Services in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  She is also the author of four books and many articles including ones published in the Association of Professional Genealogy Quarterly.  No list can be all inclusive but Val’s list will give you a great start.

Genealogy Alphabet Soup
Valerie Eichler Lair
Professional Genealogist

From the moment I started teaching genealogy classes in 1989, I gave my students in the Beginner Genealogy Course a basic introduction to Genealogy Alphabet Soup. There are many people starting out in their family history journey who do not know the lingo. This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it’s a good start. Feel free to pass this along to others and to add your own alphabet to the soup recipe.

Abt. or abt. About
Aft. or aft. After
AG Accredited Genealogist
APG Association of Professional Genealogists
APGQ Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly
BCG Board for Certification of Genealogists
Bef. or bef. Before

British Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research


Bureau of Land Management

ca. Circa
CAFG Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (Dallas)
CAR National Society, Children of the American Revolution
Cath. Catholic
CDA Colonial Dames of America
CDAXVII Colonial Dames of the 17th Century
Cem. Cemetery
Census abbrev.: Do---=Ditto;  Al=Alien;  Pa=Papers;  Na-Naturalized
CG Certified Genealogist
CGL Certified Genealogical Lecturer
Ch. Church
Co. County
DAC National Society Daughters of the American Colonists
DAR Daughters of the American Revolution
DCW Daughters of Colonial Wars
EE Evidence Explained (book by Elizabeth Shown Mills)
et al. Latin meaning “and others”
et uxor/et ux. Latin meaning “and his wife”

Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists

FGS Federation of Genealogical Societies
FHC Family History Center
FHL Family History Library
FHLC Family History Library Catalog

Fellow of the National Genealogical Society

FTM Family Tree Maker (software program)

Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association

GRIP Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh
GSG Genealogical Speakers Guild
Hosp. Hospital

Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (at Samford Univ.)


International Genealogical Index

ILL Interlibrary Loan
ISBGFH International Society for British Genealogy and Family History
LOC Library of Congress
Luth. Lutheran
NARA National Archives and Records Administration
NEHGS New England Historic Genealogical Society
NGS National Genealogical Society

National Institute on Genealogical Research (at National Archives)


National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)


National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)

NUCMC National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

NYGBR New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record

Personal Ancestral File (software program)

PERSI Periodical Source Index
ProGen* Professional Genealogy (book compiled by Elizabeth Shown Mills)

New England Historical and Genealogical Register


Sons of the American Revolution

SCV Sons of Confederate Veterans
SLIG Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
SUVCW Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
TAG The American Genealogist
TMG The Master Genealogist (software program)
Twp. Township
UDC United Daughters of the Confederacy
UGA Utah Genealogical Association

* If you see ProGen with a number behind it like ProGen 18, this is a study group based on Elizabeth Shown Mills’ book.  You can read more about this at ProGen Study Groups. If you are ready to take your research to the next level I highly recommend it [comment added by Michele]

If there are other abbreviations that you think are important, add them to the comments section.

Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis

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