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Abbreviation Meaning
AGRA Association of Genealogists & Researchers in Archives
BMD Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates
CE Church of England
CRO County Record Office
FFHS Federation of Family History Societies
FHS Family History Society. A county based organisation set up to promote the research of Family History and Genealogy.
FHS’s Family History Societies, see FHS above.
GEDCOM Genealogical Data Communication. A standard file format for transfer of genealogical data from one computer package to another.
GENfair GENealogical Fair
GENUKI Genealogy for UK and Ireland. Found at
GIF Graphics Interchange Format. Computer file format.
GRO A 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.
HGS Hampshire Genealogical Society
IGI International Genealogical Index
JPEG, JPG Joint Photographic Experts Group. A computer file format well suited to storing scanned images of photographs.
Kew Public Record Office located at Kew, London, England
LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also known as “The Mormon’s”. Their web-site is located at
MI Monumental Inscriptions, Members Interests.
ONS Office for National Statistics. See FRC above.
OS Ordnance Survey
PAF Personal Ancestral File. An excellent computer package produced by the LDS available as a free download from: Now at version 5.
PRO (now TNA) Public Record Office (Now ‘The National Archives’)
RC Roman Catholic
RO Record Office
SA Seventh Day Adventist
SAE Self Addressed Envelope
SSAE A 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.)
SOG Society of Genealogists
TNA All census returns and wills can be found through The National Archives website.
WEA Workers Educational Association

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Wield MI Correction

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Come and see us Friday 25th and Saturday 26th April at Family Tree Live at the Alexandra Palace, London. We are on Stands 37-38a where we will have a wide selection of HGS Publications, Maps, Genealogy Source Guides as well as Local History books and information for the whole of Hampshire.

New Winchester Group

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Empshott village booklet now available

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