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Canon Law refers to Laws of the Church.
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Affidavit refers to a written and signed statement sworn in front of a court officer.
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An Administrator is an appointee of the court who settles the estate of a deceased who died without leaving a will.
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A Collateral Ancestor is an ancestor NOT in the direct line of ascent, but coming from the same ancestral family.
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Consanguinity means blood relationship.
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D.S.P. (died sine prole) means died without offspring.
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ae. or aet. is the Latin abbreviation meaning "at the age of".
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a.k.a. or aka is the abbreviation for "also known as".
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An "alien" is a foreign-born resident of a country who has not been naturalized.
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An atlas is a collection of maps.
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In early American history, a cousin was a relative by blood or marriage of any degree outside the immediate family.
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In early American History, a daughter-in-law was a step-daughter or the wife of their son.
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A Gazetteer is a geographical dictionary.
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Genealogy is the study of the origins and descent of families.
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Lineal descendant means being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor.
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French Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries were known as Huguenots.
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A primary source is a record created at the time of, or shortly thereafter, an event or circumstance occurred.
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The term "relict" refers to a widow or widower.
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The Latin word "sic" used in a transcription indicates the preceding word has been transcribed exactly from the original.
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Source - a person, place, or thing from which something originates.
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A secondary source may be material copied or compiled from other sources or written at a later date from memory.
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Provenance - the history of ownership of a valued object, often including the origin, date of manufacture or creation, and full description. An item's chain of ownership.
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Genealogy Research Plan - is an overall research strategy and/or a written course of action for conducting a specific search.
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Citation - a reference to the origin of the information pointing directly to the exact materials consulted.