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Guide to Abbreviations in Quaker Meeting Notes

Posted by Marney Yaniv on July 9, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Quick Guide to Abbreviations in Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly Meeting Notes

b. born

bur. buried.

cert. Certificate: a statement issued by a monthly meeting to a person (or persons) transferring their membership to another monthly meeting. Also a marriage certificate.

ch. child, children.

co. chosen overseer(s): selected for an important office of responsibility in the meeting.

com. complained, complained of: a person could be complained of for an act that was contrary to the rules and advices as outlined in the Discipline. Unless the member could satisfy the monthly meeting of his or her innocence or repentance, the next step was usually disownment.

con. condemned: an act of confession and repentance by a member who had been "complained of" ("reported") or even "disowned" for a violation of the Discipline. When a person "condemned" his or her own misconduct, the monthly meeting might then restore him or her to membership.

d. died.

dec. deceased.

dis. disowned, disowned for: removed from membership for violation of the rules or advices in the Discipline; does not imply exclusion from worship, but only the right to participate in decision making. Unless the person later repented and "condemned" his or her own misconduct and was later readmitted into membership, he or she would not be mentioned again in the minutes.

dt. daughter, daughters.

fam. family.

form. formerly.

gc. granted certificate: permitted to move one's membership.

gct. granted certificate to: permitted to move one's membership to a particular meeting.

gl. granted letter: permitted to move one's membership to a church of another denomination.

h. husband.

jas. joined another (religious) society (denomination).

ltm. liberated to marry, left at liberty to marry: permitted to marry.

m. marry, married, marrying, marriage.

mbr. member.

mbrp. membership.

mcd. married contrary to disciple: married another Friend, but in a civil ceremony (usually resulting in disownment); sometimes used interchangeably with "married out of society" or "married out of unity".

MH. meetinghouse: the church building.

MM. monthly meeting: the lowest administrative unit of Friends, originally comprising of several particular or "preparative" meetings (congregations) that met together monthly to transact church business.

mos. married out of society: married a non-Friend, usually resulting in disownment; sometimes used interchangeably with "married contrary to discipline" or "married out of unity".

mou. married out of unity: married to a non-Friend, usually resulting in disownment; sometimes used interchangeably with "married contrary to discipline" or "married out of unity."

mtg. meeting: may refer to a Friends religious service ("meeting for worship"), and administrative meeting ("meeting for business," "monthly meeting," etc.), or the congregation itself.

prc. produced a certificate: transferred membership.

prcf. produced a certificate from: transferred membership from one meeting to another.

QM. quarterly meeting: the second administrative level of Friends, comprising of several "monthly" meetings that met together quarterly to transact church business.

rec. receive, received (into membership).

recrq. received (into membership) by request, rather than by transfer of membership from another Friends Meeting.

relfc. released from care for: no longer under consideration for a disciplinary offense; acquitted.

relrq. released by request: withdrew from membership in the Society of Friends, unless reinstated, this person would not be mentioned again in the minutes.

rem. remove, removed: move or moved to another location and/or meeting.

rm. reported married: the marriage certificate was not included in the minutes, but the fact that the wedding took place and the name of the marriage partner were noted.

roc. received on certificate: membership transferred from another Friends meeting.

rol. received on letter: membership transferred from a church of another denomination.

rolf. received on letter from: membership transferred from a particular church of another denomination.

rpd. reported: complained, complained of for an act contrary to the rules and advices as outlined in the Discipline. Unless the member could satisfy the monthly meeting of his or her innocence or repentance, the next step was usually disownment.

rq. request, requests, requested.

rqc. requested certificate: requested a transfer of membership.

rqct. requested certificate to: requested a transfer of membership to a particular Friends meeting.

rqcuc. requested to come under care (of a meeting): requested to be considered for membership.

rst. reinstate, reinstated.

s. son, sons.

uc. under care (of a meeting) for membership.

w. wife.

YM. Yearly Meeting: the highest administrative level of Friends, comprising of several quarterly meetings that met together annually to conduct business.


Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy William Wade Hinshaw, a guide to finding and reading Quaker MM Notes http://www.grimshaworigin.org/Webpages2/EncyAmerQuakerGeneal.htm


 


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