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November 17, 2008
Online Genealogy Dictionaries and Lists
I have been collecting URLs (Web addresses) of various online dictionaries and lists that are useful to genealogists. These are useful when trying to decode foreign or obsolete words often found in genealogy work. Here are a few of my favorites:
The Encyclopedia of Genealogy: http://www.eogen.com (Disclaimer: This is a site that I created but the data has been created by many different people. In fact, you can also add data to the Encyclopedia of Genealogy.)
Abbreviations Found in Genealogy: FamilySearch has an extensive list at https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Abbreviations_Found_in_Genealogy_Records. Other lists may be found at : http://www.rootsweb.com/~rigenweb/abbrev.html and http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sam/abbr.html and http://www.genealogy.com/Glossary/glossary.html and http://www.geisheimer.org/info/gene/abbr.htm
A List of Occupations, many of which are archaic. You can discover what your ancestor really did at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dav4is/Sources/Occupations.html (with emphasis on England and its 16th and 17th century colonies ) and http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/ocupaton.html and http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~genepool/jobs.htm and http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wiashlan/occupations.html and http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/occupations.shtml
"Cousinship" - What is a second cousin twice removed? This and other cousin relationships are explained at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2008/02/what-is-second.html
Cyndi's List of Medical Terms: http://www.cyndislist.com/medical.htm
Archaic Medical Terms, Diseases and Causes of Death: http://www.antiquusmorbus.com/Index.htm and http://rmhh.co.uk/illness.html and the MedTerms Dictionary with both modern and obsolete terminology at http://www.medterms.com/script/main/hp.asp and http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~billingh/disease.htm and http://cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk/omd/ and http://www.neonatology.org/classics/old.terms.html and http://www.genealogy-quest.com/glossaries/diseases1.html
Glossar: Die Familie: An annotated English-German glossary of terms frequently found in genealogy research: http://german.about.com/homework/german/library/blfamilie.htm
Meanings and origins of first names - an etymology (the origin of words) and list of the most popular names: http://www.behindthename.com
Old handwriting in genealogy research (with images of handwriting samples): http://www.amberskyline.com/treasuremaps/oldhand.html
Old Style Abbreviations - Proper Names (with images of handwriting samples): http://www.amberskyline.com/treasuremaps/x-prop.html
Abbreviations on Gravestones: http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/misc/grave_symbols.shtml
Military Abbreviations Found on U.S. Grave Markers: http://genealogy.about.com/od/military_records/a/abbreviations.htm
Cemetery Junction Directory - A directory of more than 20,000 cemeteries, arranged by state. Search by cemetery and family name. Links to obituaries and genealogical societies in the U.S, Australia, and Canada: http://daddezio.com/cemetery
Where to Write for Vital Records - Addresses and guidelines for contacting each U.S. state or territory for vital records and documents: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm
There are many, many more such lists online. You should be able to find them with any search engine. However, the above is a list of the ones I keep handy.
The following article is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com.