Abbreviations in Genealogical Records

One real challenge for the reader of documents is the frequent use of abbreviations. Words, including names and places especially, are often abbreviated in the documents. You may refer to the following list of common abbreviations for help in deciphering some of the abbreviations you come across.

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Given Names

Use this list to learn the many abbreviations of given names.


Look up abbreviated surnames.

Common Words

French script is 
full of abbreviations. Use this list 
to learn many of them.

1031 Joseph F. Smith Building

Provo, UT 84602

Phone: 801.422.1968