Abbreviation Meaning
AGRAAssociation of Genealogists & Researchers in Archives
BMDBirth, Marriage and Death Certificates.
CEChurch of England
CROCounty Record Office
FFHSFederation of Family History Societies
FHSFamily History Society. A county based organisation set up to promote the research of Family History and Genealogy.
FHS'sFamily History Societies, see FHS above.
GEDCOMGenealogical Data Communication. A standard file format for transfer of genealogical data from one computer package to another.
GENfairFFHS GENealogical Fair
Federation of Family History Societies GENfair
The HGS has a stand on the Federation Online Bookstall allowing anyone with access to the internet to either join the society or to purchase many of our publications using their credit card.
GENUKIGenealogy for UK and Ireland. Found at
GIFGraphics Interchange Format. Computer file format.
GROA visit to the General Register Office website will allow you to search BMD indexes, together with information on adoptions and civil partnerships.
HFH Hampshire Family Historian - the name of the quarterly journal published by the HGS.
HGSHampshire Genealogical Society
IGIInternational Genealogical Index
JPEG, JPGJoint Photographic Experts Group. A computer file format well suited to storing scanned images of photographs.
KewPublic Record Office located at Kew, London, England
LDSChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also known as "The Mormon's". Their web-site is located at
MIMonumental Inscriptions, Members Interests.
ONSOffice for National Statistics. See FRC above.
OSOrdnance Survey
PAFPersonal Ancestral File. An excellent computer package produced by the LDS available as a free download from: Now at version 5.
PROPublic Record Office (Now 'The National Archives')
RCRoman Catholic
RORecord Office
SASeventh Day Adventist
SAESelf Addressed Envelope
SSAEA Stamped Self-addressed Envelope (With enough postage stamps to cover the anticipated return of a query to your country, bearing in mind that heavier packages can cost a lot more than you may first imagine. Please check with your local postal office for further details.)
SOGSociety of Genealogists
TNAAll census returns and wills can be found through The National Archives website.
WEAWorkers Educational Association

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