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What is in a name? How to Decipher Name Abbreviations

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What is in a name. You’ll never know if you can’t decipher the abbreviation.

what is in a nameThe parish record says your great great grandfather’s first name is “Xpr,” can this be right? What about a name like “Jno” or ‘Ptk” or “Hy,” also found on the record. Before you decide to name your child after great great grandfather “Xpr” there’s something you need to know! You should know what is in a name.  “Xpr” is really “Christopher” and you are dealing with an abbreviation!

Just as “Jno” stands for “John,” “Ptk” means “Patrick,” and “Hy” is really “Henry,” names were often abbreviated on various types of records to save space and paper. Even census records are known to contain abbreviated names. Becoming familiar with the abbreviations for common names can save a researcher a lot of time and confusion. And it can save a great great grandchild from bearing the name “Xpr” for the rest of his life!

For more information and a comprehensive list of common name abbreviations, visit http://www.genealogyintime.com/dictionary/list-of-first-name-abbreviations.html

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The key often lies in the records themselves.

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Technology is wonderful, but sometimes old school record searching leads to unexpected success.

recordScience, technology and computers have made life easier for the genealogist, and opened up new information, and provided easier access to old information beyond what we’ve had before. But science, technology and computers are only tools, and we have to learn to work with them to appreciate this outpouring of information. Technology is wonderful… and it has made life infinitely easier for us; but sometimes it takes something more to discover the truth.

Often we don’t take the time to learn the research skills and knowledge of records so needed to accurately determine the truth about our family tree. We have forgotten the day when information could only be found when someone went to the courthouse, pulled out a large book, and searched it page by page for a mention of an ancestor. To be successful in determining the correct pedigree and lineage, people in that day needed to know and understand the records. And this is all the more true for today’s genealogist in this growing world of information and the need for data accuracy.

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Looking for help with hard to find records or genealogical questions? Contact Heirlines Family History and Genealogy, breaking through family history walls for almost 40 years. We professionally identify and document ancestry and kinship relationships and verify and certify the family tree with Certified Family Trees™ and Certified Forensic Genealogy Solutions™. We’re ready when you’re ready!

Give us a call and speak with one of our professional genealogists today.

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