Terminology Found in Historic Newspapers

Mary Harrell-Sesniak wrote an excellent article for the GenealogyBank blog, posted On February 11, 2013. She deals with a number of terms that are often seen but may not be understood. Following is a list of terms that she explained in detail – with examples:

  • Communicated (often abbreviated Com.)
  • Requests to Insert
  • Mastheads
  • Banns or Bans (or Publishing of the Banns)
  • Consort
  • Relict (relictus)
  • Instant (often abbreviated inst.)
  • Proximo (often abbreviated prox.)
  • Ultimo (often abbreviated ult.)

Ms Harrell-Sesniak also deal with the New and Old Style References for Dates (often abbreviated N.S. and O.S.).

It’s an interesting blog, and I recommend checking it out.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the Heads-Up.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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