Glossary

Word, phrase, symbol or notation Explanation Example
plus.gif (845 bytes) Indicates that there is more information available.   Click on the plus.gif (845 bytes) symbol once to expand the entry and view the additional information.  Click on the plus.gif (845 bytes) symbol again to collapse the entry and hide the additional information. plus.gif (845 bytes)  Death Certificate for Hendershott, Carl Sumner, (06 September 1935).
" (Double quotation mark).  Indicates parts of a person's name that are not part of the person's full legal name, such as nicknames like "Groucho" or alternate forms of a name such as "Betty", "Beth" or "Liz" for Elizabeth.  The person's full legal name excludes name parts shown in double quotes. Maria N. "Mida" Hendershott (full legal name is Maria N. Hendershott), Elizabeth Anne "Betty" Montgomery (full legal name is Elizabeth Anne Montgomery).
' (Single quotation mark).  Indicates parts of a person's name that are a part of the person's full legal name and commonly used in place of their first name.  The person's full legal name includes name parts shown in single quotes. Wendell 'Lee' Hendershott.
+ Indicates that this child has his or her own biographical entry elsewhere in the work.  This symbols reflects the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) format for genealogies. +  21.  iii.  Hendershott, Carl Sumner...
    22. iv.  Hendershott, Jay...
* Married name.  Indicates that the last name shown is a woman's married name because her maiden name is not known. Hendershott*, Mary
Twnsp. Township. Mayville Twnsp., Kidder Co., NY
Co. County.  Could also mean "Company", but the author strives to not use it as "Company." Bismarck, Burleigh Co., ND
ND State.  The author uses the USA's customary two-letter state abbreviations, i.e. AL (Alabama), AK (Alaska), AR (Arkansas), AZ (Arizona), etc. ND (North Dakota)
USA United States of America. USA
e.g. exempli gratia (Latin, "for example")  
i.e. id est (Latin, "that is")  
et al. et alii (Latin, "and others")  
etc. et cetera (Latin, "and so forth")  
[ ] Square Brackets (definition 1).  Indicates text added by the author to make quoted text clearer. "She [Mary] was a child [ten years old] in 1873."
[ ] Square Brackets (definition 2).  Indicates that, in the opinion of the author, any one of the letters listed within the brackets are possible in the spelling of a word or name. H[ao]lshter.  (Spelling could be Halshter or Holshter.)
[sic] sic.  Indicates that, in the opinion of the author, the immediately preceding word is misused or improperly spelled in the original text. "They had ducks and rabits [sic] as pets."

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