What are Some Commonly Used Genealogical Abbreviations?


ABI - American Biographical Index
AFRA - American Family Records Association
AIS - Accelerated Indexing System
APG - Association of Professional Genealogists
ASG - American Society of Genealogists
BK/BroKeep - Brother's Keeper (computer software)
CAR - Children of the American Revolution
CDA - Colonial Dames of America
CFT - Corel Family Tree (computer software)
CG - Certified Genealogist
CRA - Church Records Archives
DAC - Daughters of American Colonists
DAR - Daughters of the American Revolution
DCW - Daughters of Colonial Wars
DFPA - Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America
DLP - Descendants of Loyalists and Patriots
DSL - Digital Subscriber Line
DUV - Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
FARC - Federal Archives and Records Center
FEEFHS - Federation of East European Family History Societies
FGS - Federation of Genealogical Societies
FHC - Family History Center (over 2,500 located in LDS churches)
FHL - Family History Library (in Salt Lake City, UT)
FreeBMD - Free Birth, Marriages, and Deaths Project
FreeREG - Free Registers Project
FTM - Family Tree Maker (computer software)
GAR - Grand Army of the Republic
GEDCOM - Genealogical Data Communications
GPAI - Genealogical Periodical Annual Index
GSMD - General Society of Mayflower Descendants
GSU - Genealogical Society of Utah
IGI - International Genealogical Index
JGS - Jewish Genealogical Society
LDS - Latter Day Saints (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)
LOC - Library of Congress
NARA - National Archives and Records Administration
NEHGR - New England Historical and Genealogical Register
NEHGS - New England Historical and Genealogical Society
NGS - National Genealogical Society
NHS - National Huguenot Society
NSCD - National Society, Colonial Dames of America
NSCD-17 - National Society Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, Inc.
OFPA - Order of Founders and Patriots of America
PAF - Personal Ancestral File (computer software)
PERSI - Periodical Source Index
SAR - Sons of the American Revolution
SASE - Self-addressed, stamped envelope
SCV - Sons of Confederate Veterans
SCW - Society of Colonial Wars
SSDI - Social Security Death Index
TAG - The American Genealogist
TMG - The Master Genealogist (computer software)
UDC - United Daughters of the Confederacy
UG - Users Group
UGA - Utah Genealogical Association
USCT - United States Colored Troops
USD 1812 - Daughters of the War of 1812


DIH - Drop-in Hours (an unhosted chat)
SIG - Special Interest Group (another term for the chats)

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