Thursday, November 20, 2008

Online Genealogy Dictionaries and Lists - from Dick Eastman

Need a genealogy dictionary or word list?? Here's what Dick Eastman had to say recently.

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: (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 Other lists may be found at : and and and

A List of Occupations, many of which are archaic. You can discover what your ancestor really did at: (with emphasis on England and its 16th and 17th century colonies ) and and and and

"Cousinship" - What is a second cousin twice removed? This and other cousin relationships are explained at

Cyndi's List of Medical Terms:

Archaic Medical Terms, Diseases and Causes of Death: and and the MedTerms Dictionary with both modern and obsolete terminology at and and and and

Glossar: Die Familie: An annotated English-German glossary of terms frequently found in genealogy research:

Meanings and origins of first names - an etymology (the origin of words) and list of the most popular names:

Old handwriting in genealogy research (with images of handwriting samples):

Old Style Abbreviations - Proper Names (with images of handwriting samples):

Abbreviations on Gravestones:

Military Abbreviations Found on U.S. Grave Markers:

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:

Where to Write for Vital Records - Addresses and guidelines for contacting each U.S. state or territory for vital records and documents:

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

President Lincoln delivered Gettysburg Address 145 years ago!

1863: President Abraham Lincoln delivered the famed Gettysburg Address today during the consecration of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.

President Lincoln's assassination less than two years later would seal his place in history, yet his address to the crowd in Gettysburg continues to instill hope and pride in Americans to this day.

~The Daily Perspective (R) - 1863: Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address (

Link to Gettysburg Times 1963-11-19

Gettysburg - The Adams Sentinel 1863-11-24

Friday, November 14, 2008

National Day of Listening - Nov. 28, 2008

This Thanksgiving, StoryCorps asks you to start a new holiday tradition—set aside one hour on Friday, November 28th, to record a conversation with someone important to you. You can interview anyone you choose: an older relative, a friend, a teacher, or a familiar face from the neighborhood.

Visit to learn how you can participate.

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Just a brief note to celebrate.
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