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1C - first cousin (2c, second cousin, etc.)
1R - once removed (2r, twice removed, etc.)
ACW - American Civil War
AFRA - American Family Records Association
AGLL- American Genealogical Lending Library
AGRA - Association of Genealogists and Record Agents (Professional)
APG - Association of Professional Genealogists, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
ASCII - American Standard Code for Information Interchange - type of file on a computer that is usually readable / writable by most word processors
AIS - Accelerated Indexing System
b - born
bap - baptized
bapt - baptized
BBS - Bulletin Board System  Phone dial up connection for PC's.
BK - Brother's Keeper, a genealogy program
BMD - Births, Marriages and Deaths
BMP - Bit Mapped Picture - file format of a computer disk file
Bp - Bishop
bur - buried
C18 - Eighteenth century (etc.)
ca - circa, about, (as in ca. 1840.)
CANINDEX - Index of emigrants from British Isles to Canada and Newfoundland
CC - County Court (USA)
CD -  Compact Disk - An optical disk used with some PC's to store lots of data.
CFI - Computer File Index (precursor of IGI)
chr - Christened.
CW - Civil War
d - died.
DAR - Daughters of the American Revolution
DC - District Court
DOCS - Documents / Documentations
div - divorced.
d.s.p. - died without issue (from Latin: decessit sine prole)
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FFV - First Families of Virginia
FGRA - Family Group Record Archives
FGS - ancestral charts or "Family Group Sheets"
FHC - Family History Center (LDS satellite centers)
FHL - Family History Library (LDS main library in Utah)
FHLC - Family History Library Catalog
FOIA - Freedom of Information Act
FTM - Family Tree Maker, a genealogy program from Banner Blue Software
FTP - File Transfer Protocol (networking, technical)
GEDCOM - GEnealogical Data COMmunications
GIF - A format to hold images on a computer disk file
GIM - Genealogical Information Manager
GOONS - Guild Of One Name Studies
IGI - International Genealogical Index
IOOF - Independent Order of Odd Fellows
ISO - In Search Of
LDS - Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
LOCIS - Library of Congress Information System
NARA - National Archives and Records Administration
NATF - National Archives Trust Fund
NEHGS - New England Historical Genealogy Society
NGC - National Genealogical Conference
NGS - National Geographical Society
PAF - Personal Ancestry File, genealogy program of the Mormon Church (LDS)
ROOTS-L - a mailing list of subscribers who are interested in genealogy
RW - Revolutionary War
SAR - Sons of the American Revolution
SASE - Self Addressed, Stamped Envelope
soc.roots - a Usenet newsgroup for people interested in genealogy
SOUNDEX - A method of translating a name to a one letter code followed by three numerical digits.  The aim of the translation is to render all names which sound alike (or sufficiently similar) to the same code.
TMS - Tiny Tafels Software genealogy program also  Tafel Matching System
WW1 - World War One
WW2 - World War Two



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