Genealogy Jargon Defined | Ancestry

When you first take a DNA test or start building a family tree, it can feel like you are trying to learn a new language. Join Crista Cowan for a quick look at some common genealogy and family history words, phrases, and acronyms. Learn their meanings so you can continue your family history journey with confidence.


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Genealogy Jargon Defined | Ancestry


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19 Responses

  1. Michele Painter says:

    Can you please make a video and go into more details about the bonds in a marriage record?

  2. D. GK ED says:

    Your info is always good and helpful. I still go through your videos even though I have been doing this for 13 years. Currently I'm going over from the beginning my father's line to try to break through my GGgran's brickwall. My grandfather's death certificate has a name, but no one by that name is found in records in the area. Many people online have put down the second wife as his mother with unclear documentation. While my DNA is linked to that family she was far too young to have children(8 or 9) even if they had been married . I am guessing that he re-married back into the same family somehow because another family name similar to the one on the death certificate is linked to the family of the second marriage but I have been unable to find the exact connection so far.

  3. Veronica B Vale says:

    Audio could have been better.

  4. Weeks To Adventure says:

    Thank you Crista! I'm self taught and I have also been doing this since my teenage years. I learned a few new things!

  5. Get Pretty Fit says:

    This video confirmed some terms that I have come across that I didn't know the meaning.

    You didn't include the African American Genealogy Society in your lists of groups.

  6. Mellisa Kuper says:

    I have a prison record for one of my relatives from Pennsylvania but the crime is just listed as DO and they were sentenced 30 days. Any idea what this conviction could be?

  7. Vannah Snuffles says:

    I may be wrong, but I think the closest thing English has to a collective term for Aunts and Uncles is 'Avuncle'. I'm drawing this conclusion from the fact that an incestuous marriage between an Aunt and Nephew or Uncle and Niece is an 'Avunculate Marriage'. Pretty gross concept, but people did find some plural word for it.

    Also, I have discovered I love the word Nibling and need to start using it more often.

  8. Revenge Sneak says:


  9. Braden Rundle says:

    DSP, descessit sine prole/without the death of a child.

  10. Sandi Spring Felch says:

    Very helpful. Thank you!

  11. GetReal521 says:

    I thoroughly enjoy your video presentations. I’ve been listening to them off and on for a long time. Keep up the great work!! You inspire and educate. Thanks!!

  12. Yesterday Once More says:

    What great information! Will be looking forward to next week 🙂

  13. LadyGunfighter45 says:

    Thank you Crista, very informative. Even though I've been doing this since 2002 I learn something new every time I watch your videos! So a Consort can be male or female and does mean spouse. I thought I found something juicy, drat! LOLOL

  14. Angela Jachmann says:

    Thank you Crista, I am sure lots of us have different terms which we are not familiar with. I was surprised that you (and am I therefore assuming Americans) do not use the term fortnight? Certainly a very common term in Australia and England. Just shows how many things we don't know that we don't know.

  15. Robyn Atsidaftis says:

    Hi …I would like to say is a huge thank you for your time and sharing your information. I have just registered a business name… for my Ancestry Journey for others. Funnily enough.. It was looking for that on Fb that I came across you….lol What a fabulous site… I am so excited and unexpected at what I have found … Excitement comes from loving it but also… it confirmed what I am doing…is right on track with what you are saying… phew sooo good to know. I have subscribed here and will look forward to watching your youtubes. So…thanks all the way from Australia… x Robyn

  16. Rosanne Lytle says:

    Thank you Crista, very informative.

  17. Rebbecah Israel says:

    Thanks for the info

  18. Stephanie Perry says:

    Would a my mom's niece be my 1st cousin?

  19. Kandace Gutierrez says:

    I wanted to start off by saying that I love your videos. Very informative. With that said… I think it is sad you needed to create this. At least the first few minutes anyway.

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