- abbreviated transcription of a document or record
that includes the date of the record, every name appearing therein, the
relationship (if stated) of each person named and their description
(ie., witness, executor, bondsman, son, widow, etc.), and if they signed
with their signature or mark.
- ad litem
- legal term meaning in this case only. For
example, "George Thomas, duly appointed by the court, may administer ad
litem the settlement of the estate of Joseph Thomas, deceased."
- adm. (abbreviation)
- administrator, administration.
- admin. (abbreviation)
- administrator, administration.
- admon. (abbreviation)
- letters of administration.
- a court action used to settle the estate of a person who died without
leaving a will, or a person who left a will that the court disallowed,
or where the executor appointed by the deceased refuses to serve in
- a written or oral statement made under oath.
- ancestor table, tabulates the ancestry
of one individual by generation in text rather than pedigree chart
format. A comprehensive ahnentafel gives more than the individual's
name, date and place of birth, christening,marriage, death and burial.
It should give biographical and historical commentary for each person
listed, as well as footnotes citing the source documents used to prove
what is stated.
- ahnentafel Number
- the unique number assigned to each
position in an ancestor table is called an ahnentafel number. Number
one designates the person in the first generation. Numbers two and
three designate the parents of number one and the second generation.
Numbers four through seven designate the grandparents of person number
one and the third generation. As the ahnentafel extends by generation,
the number of persons doubles.
- also known as; alias.
- a citizen of another country.
- a person from whom you descend;grandparents,
great-grandparents, 2nd great-grandparents (also called great great-
grandparents), 3rd great-grandparents, etc.;direct-line ancestor;
- Ancestral File
- a genealogical system developed ty the
Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (LDS Church), links individuals to ancestors in pedigree, family
group, and descendant formats. It contains genealogical information
about millions of people from many nations.
- denotes all of your ancestors from your parents
as far back as they are traceable. Estimates suggest that everyone has
approximately 65,000 traceable ancestors, meaning ancestors whose
existence can be documented in surviving records.
- anon. (abbreviation)
- interpretation, explaination, clarification,
definition, or supplement. Many types of genealogical presentations
contain statements, record sources, documents, conclusions, or other
historical information that require an annotation. Generally,
annotations appear in footnotes, end-notes, or in the text itself.
Genealogical software provides a field for documentation, comments,
notes, and analysis. Genealogists use annotations to explain
discrepancies between two or more documents, to add information from
another source to support a statement or conclusion made in a different
record, and other difficult to interpret situations.
- appr. (abbreviation)
- appraisal; appraisment.
- grant of property or a legal right, benefit, or
privilege to another person.
- prove a document is not a forgery.