Language of its own
Genealogy has a language of its own, and unlike most hobbies has more than its fair share of abbreviations. It is quicker to record someone was ‘b.’ in 1850 and ‘d.’ in 1910 rather than using ‘born’ and ‘died’. With the printing of family trees it makes it easier for one to include extensive information with each entry. Some abbreviations like ‘m.’ for ‘married’ are obvious, whereas others like ‘asr.’ for assessor are less obvious. Check the Abbreviations ‘dictionary’ at Rootsweb.com for an extensive list of abbreviations.