Ooh, I wonder what that might mean….

Trying to find the whys and wherefores as well as the whereabouts of family from years gone by sometimes means delving through old documents.

It often brings up weird and wonderful words or phrases…..unheard- unknown- unseen.

One of my ‘groups’ posted this (very safe) link to a Wiki on Family Search

A Glossary of Genealogical Terms

It’s full of definitions of words and terms that may be useful for some of you

For instance :-

If you’ve an interest in Irish documents you could turn your research around if you discovered the word Acotholicus (Latin for “non Catholic, Protestant”) somewhere.
It could indicate a mixed marriage which could mean researching another church or parish. Even another townland.


Even if you’re not on the hunt for an elusive ancestor or (like me) are just weirdly interested in things, it’s a fun informative read.
Worthy of half an hour or even several hours.
Well I think it is 😊

7 thoughts on “Ooh, I wonder what that might mean….

  1. Last week at my U3A meeting the 10minute member speaker told the group that besides DNA ancestry revealing that his father was still alive, he discovered that he was the eldest of 8 of his offspring. His own mother had divorced his father and married someone else, but sadly she had died when she was 25. His father had married someone else and went on to have quite a string of children. Now what amazed the speaker that he thought he was a single child and suddenly he was coping with 7 other half siblings all in Aussie. Then just he grappled with all that an email from someone from his Mothers’ side and it all geared up again…I believe he met his father in Aussie about 5 years ago but the family tree keeps expanding…


  2. Some day I will get brave enough to explore my father’s side of the family. I say brave enough because I strongly suspect that much of it died in places like Auschwitz.


    1. That would be so hard, Sue. I would just think of them forever as my father’s dear family.


  3. There’s all sorts of scary stuff coming out of the woodwork now that DNA testing has become available to people tracing family members. It is bringing some families together, but tearing many apart. xxx Mr T and F


  4. Hi Cathy…on my paternal side, my grandparents came to Australia in the early 1900s from the township of Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. They settled in Rockhampton. My grandmother was Protestant, and my grandfather was Catholic. She had to turn her beliefs upside down and inside out before they married. I never knew them. My older brother and I never knew our father,, their son, either. He left our family nest when both my brother and I were very young….I was very, very young. So he played no part in our lives whatsoever. We were raised Presbyterian. Nana and Mum were of Scottish descent…Highlanders.


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