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					                                                                 ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
                                                                    For Genealogists and Family Historians

This is a list of acronyms and abbreviations that may be useful to anyone researching the family tree at QFHS. Its purpose is simply to assist you with your research and is in
no way intended to serve as a definitive list. Those having an asterisk (*) have relevance only within QFHS circles.

AAGRA         Australasian Association of Genealogists &     bur            buried                                         FTM             Family Tree Magazine [a monthly periodical
Record Agents                                                c              child                                          - England]
Admons        (Wills and) Letters of Administration          chn            children                                       FTM             Family Tree Maker [a computer program for
AFFHO         Australasian Federation of Family History      CEG*           Central European (Special Interest) Group      organising FH data]
Organisations                                                cert/s         certificate/s                                  FTMU*           Family Tree Maker User (Special Interest
Aft           after (prefixed to a date)                     chr            christened                                     Group)
AFTC          Australian Family Tree Connections [a          circa/ ca/ c. about [applied to dates/year]                   GBPC*           George Bond Photographic Collection
monthly periodical]                                          Col Sec        Colonial Secretary (of NSW)                    GEDCOM          Genealogical Data Communication - a type
ag lab        agricultural labourer                          CWGC           Commonwealth War Graves Commission             of computer file which allows for the transfer of data from
AGRA          Association of Genealogists & Record           CRO            County Record Office [England]                                 one family history program to a different one
Agents [England]                                             Cross (†)      died                                           GOONS           Guild of One-Name Studies
AIGS          Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies   d.             died                                           GRD             Genealogical Research Directory
[in Melbourne]                                               dau            daughter                                       GRO             General Register Office [BMDs for England
AKA / aka     also known as                                  DC             death certificate                              & Wales at the FRC qv; part of ONS]
ASRAM*        Adoption Scheme for Remote Area                d/o            daughter of                                    GSQ             Genealogical Society of Queensland
Members                                                      DOB / dob      date of birth                                  GSV             Genealogical Society of Victoria
Asterisk (*) born                                            Equal sign (=) spouse of/married to                           HAGSOC          Heraldry and Genealogy Society of
AWM           Australian War Memorial                        EWC*           English West Country (Special Interest)        Canberra
b.            born                                           Group                                                         IGI             International Genealogical Index
bapt.         Baptised                                       FFHS           Federation of Family History Societies         IHGS            Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical
bef           before (prefixed to a date)                    [England]                                                     Studies [England]
BC            birth certificate                              FH             family history                                 IIG*            Irish (Special) Interest Group
BDMs          births, deaths, marriages [may be used in      FHC            Family History Centre/s [of LDS qv -           IRCs            International Reply Coupons [exchanged at
various connections/combinations]                            worldwide] – also known as FHL=FH Library                     post office for payment in kind/reply postage]
BHG           Brisbane History Group                         FHS / FHG Family History Society or Group – generic           ISBN            International Standard Book Number
BIBL*         Software program used to organise QFHS         terms                                                         JLS*            Journal Loan Scheme
catalogue on computer                                        FHW*           Family History Writers (Special Interest       JOL             John Oxley Library [Queensland section of
BigR          British Isles Genealogical Register            Group)                                                        SLQ qv]
BK            Brothers Keeper [a shareware computer          fiche          microfiche                                     L/A*            Library Assistant
program for organising FH data]                              FoTC           Friends of Toowong Cemetery                    LDS             Latter Day Saints [The Church of Jesus
BMDs          births, marriages, deaths [may be used in      FRC            Family Records Centre (GRO at                  Christ of Latter-Day Saints]
various connections/combinations]                            Angel/Islington, London)                                      LRC*            Library and Resource Centre
BTs           Bishops’ Transcripts                                                                                         m (1)           first marriage
m (2)          second marriage                             prev           previous          name, not to be confused    RO             Record Office [may be used in various
m.             married                                     with née)                                                    connections]
MC             marriage certificate                        PRO            Public Record Office [This might be used      SAE or sae self-addressed envelope
MC*            Management Committee                        with a place name, such as Victoria or Ireland.]             SAG            Society of Australian Genealogists
MI             monumental inscription                                     [The England and Wales PRO was                SAGHS          South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry
microform      includes microfiche and microfilm           renamed The National Archives in April 2003.                 Society
Mormons        The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day                   It is located at Kew. One branch is the FRC   SG             Scottish (Special Interest) Group
Saints [also called LDS]                                   qv.]                                                         SIG*           special interest group eg Irish, Scottish,
NAA            National Archives of Australia              PRONI          Public Record Office of Northern Ireland      Central European etc
National Archives The National Archives - prev k/a PRO     QALFHS         Queensland Association of Local and           SLQ            State Library of Queensland
(Eng). See also NAA                                        Family History Societies (now History Queensland)            s/o            son of
née            born (applied to a woman’s maiden           QFH*           Queensland Family Historian [QFHS             SoG            Society of Genealogists [England]
surname)                                                   quarterly journal]                                           SRS*           Special Records Scheme
NLA            National Library of Australia               QFHS*          Queensland Family History Society Inc         SSAE or ssae stamped, self-addressed envelope
NMO*           New Member Orientation                      QGMI*          Queensland Genealogical Master Index – a      St Caths       St Catherine’s House – former home of Civil
NMW*           New Member Welcome                          QFHS initiative                                              Registration in England & Wales, now k/a GRO
ONS            Office of National Statistics [England]     QPOD           Queensland Post Office Directory              stray          someone who is born in one place, & turns
OPR            Old Parish Registers [Scotland]             QPS            Queensland Pre-Separation [separation of      up as having married/lived/died in another place
PAF            Personal Ancestral File [a free LDS         the Colony of Queensland from New South Wales (NSW)]         TFHS           Tasmanian Family History Society
computer program for organising FH data]                   QSA            Queensland State Archives                     TMG            The Master Genealogist [a computer
Plus sign (+) applied as a suffix to date meaning “after   QSL            a former acronym for SLQ - State Library of   program for organising FH data]
the quoted year”                                           Queensland                                                   UQ             University of Queensland
POD            Post Office Directory                       QSPI*          Queensland School Pupils’ Index [a QFHS       unm            unmarried
PCC            Prerogative Court of Canterbury [England]   publication]                                                 WAGS           Western Australian Genealogical Society
pre            prior to/before [applied date/year]         QU             used by some as an acronym for University     WW 1 or I      World War 1914-1918
Pre-Sep*       Pre-Separation [relating to what is now     of Queensland                                                WW 2 or II     World War 1939-1945
Queensland, prior to Dec 1859]                             qv             which see
                                                           RHSG           Royal Historical Society of Queensland