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Genealogy Terms

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Glossary

Decedent: Person who has died.
Dower: Share of husband’s real estate to which the widow is entitled.
Estate: The total property held by an individual and available after death.
Grantee: Recipient of proper either through purchase, gift or request.
Grantor: Individual who sells or gives property to another person.
Ibid: Same location. Identifies a document that has already been quoted.
Infant: A person below the age designated as adulthood.
Intestate: Died without leaving a will.
Issue: Offspring.
Nee: Identifies a woman’s maiden name.
Posthumous: After death.
Proximo: Used in dates for next, usually refers to the following month.
Relict: Widow of particular individual.
Sic: Shows that an incorrect fact has been copied faithfully.

Common Abbreviations

b. or bn. - Date of birth.
b. or bur. - Date of burial.
C. - abbreviation of latin word “circa” meaning an approximate date or time.
d. - Date of death.
dsp - Abbreviation of a latin term meaning died without issue.
et. al. - Abbreviation of latin term meaning others, indicating the presence of other names not listed on the document.
JP - Justice of the Peace.
m., m1, m2 - Marriage date, numbers indicate first, second marriage.
n.d. - No date known.
ob. - Abbreviation for the latin term “obit” meaning deceased.
Tutor - Guardian of underage person or minor.
Unm. - Unmarried.


Family Relationships

uncle: the brother of your father or mother.
Aunt: the sister of your father or mother.
Sibling: your brother or sister.
Cousin: the son or daughter of your uncle or aunt.
Second cousin: the son or daughter of either parent's first cousin.
Nephew: the son of your brother or sister.
Niece: the daughter of your brother or sister.
Grandfather: the father of your father or mother.
Grandmother: the mother of your father or mother.
Grandson: your child's son.
Granddaughter:your child's daughter.
Great grandfather: the father of one of your grandparents.
Great grandmother: the mother of one of your grandparents.
Great uncle: the uncle of one of your parents.
Great aunt: the aunt of one of your parents.
Father-in-law: the father of your spouse.
Mother-in-law: the mother of your spouse.
Stepson: the son of your spouse's former marriage.
Stepdaughter: the daughter of your spouse's former marriage.
Stepmother: your father's second (or subsequent) wife.
Stepfather: your mother's second (or subsequent) husband.
Half-brother: the male offspring from the remarriage of one of your parents.
Half-sister: the female offspring from the remarriage of one of your parents.
 

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