The use of abbreviations has been minimized on this website in an effort to reduce confusion and misinterpretation.   In those instances where abbreviations are used, the guide below may be of assistance.

 Abbeviations for the various US States, UK Counties, Canada Provinces, etc. can be found under the MAPS tab above.  Click on the appropriate country, then scroll below the map for the abbreviations.


néeindicates the maiden name [birth name] of a woman
Mrs.indicates the married name of a woman
c or circa (date)indicates date is close, but not exact, usually within 1-4 years
say (date) or
est (date)
this date indicates an estimate based on other events in order to establish a reasonable timeline for planning purposes.
A semi-educated guess, it could be off as many as 10-15 years.
CensusPopulation Schedule
EDEnumeration District number from census
dwl or hhdwelling or household number from census
famfamily number from census
sh or pghand written sheet or page number on census
[###]stamped sheet or page number on census sheet
[abc]added comments by the compiler are in square brackets