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* Latin terms

As you read older records, you may come across some Latin terms. Below is a list of commonly used Latin words. If the word that you have come across is not in this list, try consulting a Latin dictionary.

Anno Domini (A.D.) - in the year of our Lord
circa, circiter (c., ca., circ.) - about
connubium - marriage
et - and, both
et alii (et al.) - and others
et cetera (etc., &c.) - and so forth
familia - household
filiam - daughter
filium - son
item - also, likewise
mater - mother
materfamilias - (female) head of household
mensis (menses) - month(s)
nepos - grandson. Also meant "nephew" in some records.
neptis - granddaughter. Also meant "niece" in some records.
nota bene (N.B.) - take note
obit - (he or she) died
obit sine prole (o.s.p.) - (he or she) died without offspring
pater - father
requiescat in pace (R.I.P.) - rest in peace
sic - so, thus
testes - witnesses
ultimo (ult.) - last
uxor (ux, vx) - wife
Verbi Dei Minister (V.D.M.) - minister of the word of God
videlicet (viz, vizt) - namely

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