List of Abbreviations and Acronyms

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This article originally appeared in "Appendix A: Selected Abbreviations and Acronyms" in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy

AASLH American Association of State and Local History
ABI American Biographical Index
ACPL Allen County Public Library of Fort Wayne, Indiana
AG Accredited Genealogist
AGBI American Genealogical and Biographical Index
ALA American Library Association
AGS American Genealogical Society
APG Association of Professional Genealogists
APGQ Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly
ARS Automated Records System (General Land Office)
ASG American Society of Genealogists
BCG Board for Certification of Genealogists
BGMI Biography Genealogy Master Index
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BYU Brigham Young University
CAILS Certified American Indian Lineage Specialist (obsolete)
CALS Certified American Lineage Specialist (obsolete)
CDA Colonial Dames of America
CG Certified Genealogist
CGC Council of Genealogy Columnists (obsolete; now ISFHWE)
CGI Certified Genealogical Instructor
CG-Intern Certified Genealogist-Intern (obsolete)
CGL Certified Genealogical Lecturer
CGRS Certified Genealogical Record Searcher (obsolete)
CIG Computer Interest Group
DAC National Society, Daughters of the American Colonists
DAR National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
DCW National Society, Daughters of Colonial Wars
DFPA National Society, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America
DLP Hereditary Order of the Descendants of Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution
DUV Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
FASG Fellow, American Society of Genealogists
FGS Federation of Genealogical Societies, (publishes FORUM)
FHC Family History Center (branch of the Family History Library)
FHL Family History Library
FHLC Family History Library Catalog
FNGS Fellow, National Genealogical Society
FORUM Federation of Genealogical Societies Forum
FUGA Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association
GEDCOM Genealogical Data Communications
GIMA Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (University of Illinois at Springfield)
GJ Genealogical Journal (of the Utah Genealogical Association)
GLO General Land Office
GPAI Genealogical Periodical Annual Index
GSG Genealogical Speakers Guild
GSMD General Society of Mayflower Descendants
GSU Genealogical Society of Utah
IAJGS International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies
ICAPGen International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists
IGHR Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama)
IGI International Genealogical Index
IGS Institute of Genealogical Studies (Dallas Genealogical Society, Dallas, Texas)
ISBGFH International Society for British Genealogy and Family History
ISFHWE International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
JGS Jewish Genealogical Society
LDS Latter-day Saints (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
NARA National Archives and Records Administration
NEHGR New England Historical and Genealogical Register (publication of NEHGS)
NEHGS New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston, Massachusetts)
NGS National Genealogical Society
NGS/CIG Nation Genealogical Society Computer Interest Group; publishes the NGS/CIG Digest
NGSQ National Genealogical Society Quarterly
NHS National Huguenot Society
NIDS National Inventory of Documentary Sources
NIGR National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, D.C.)
NSCD-17 National Society, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century
NSCD National Society, Colonial Dames of America
NUCMC National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
NYG&B New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
NYGBR New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record
NYPL New York Public Library
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
OFPA Order of the Founders and Patriots of America
PAF Personal Ancestral File
PERSI Periodical Source Index
PLA Public Library Association
RG Record Group
RIN Record Identification Number
RLIN Research Libraries Information Network
SAR National Society, Sons of the American Revolution
SASE Self-addressed, stamped envelope
SC The Society of the Cincinnati
SCV Sons of Confederate Veterans
SCW Society of Colonial Wars
SSDI Social Security Death Index
SLIG Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
TAG The American Genealogist
TG The Genealogist
UDC United Daughters of the Confederacy
UGA Utah Genealogical Association
USD 1812 National Society, U. S. Daughters of the War of 1812


This list is excerpted from Kip Sperry's Abbreviations and Acronyms, rev. 2nd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2003). Refer to that book for a more complete list.

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