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understanding genealogy terms

by Deborah K. Millemaci
(return to genealogy)

Often in our genealogy research we come across words that may be unfamiliar to us. An indispensible resource to make our understanding of these terms easier are "genealogy glossaries". Simply put, these are a collection of words and terminology that describe legal, medical, and occupations, that are relevant in deciphering documents. I have found several websites that are great reference aids that will help you understand many word and phrases contained in documents even if you aren't researching Italian family ancestry.

For those of us who have difficulty in understanding those abbreviations found on Census Records this article on by George G. Morgan will shed some light on it. You can view the article at: Achieving a better comprehension of our genealogy is done by becoming familiar with the terminology found in the records and other data we must research and thus, we have a better awareness of our family history.

©Deborah K. Millemaci - September 2003
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