Symbols in Old Documents

Genealogy and Old Documents – Understanding Symbols

Initials:

  • a.a.s. – died in the year of his/her age (56 years died in 1856) symbols_old
  • d.s.p. – died without issue
  • d.s.p.l. – died without legitimate issue
  • d.s.p.m.s. – died without surviving male issue
  • d.s.p.s – died without surviving issue
  • d.unm – died unmarried
  • d.v.p. – died in the lifetime of his father
  • d.v.m. – died in the lifetime of his mother
  • Et al – and others
  • F.L.T. – friendship, love and truth
  • Inst – present month
  • Liber – book or volume
  • Nepos – grandson
  • Nunc Nun – an oral will, written by a witness
  • Ob – he/she died
  • Rel. or Relict – widow or widower
  • Res. or Residue – widow or widower
  • Sic – exact copy as written Testes – witnesses
  • Ult – late
  • Ux or vs – wife
  • Viz – namely

Trade:

  • Barber – Bowl (for bleeding) Razor
  • Butcher – an axe, steel knife and cleaver
  • Farmer – Coulter (type of hoe), flail (threshing implement), singletree (rod for beating flax), stalk of corn
  • Gardener – rake spade
  • Mason – wedge, level
  • Mariner – anchor, sextant
  • Merchant – scales, sign
  • Minister – Bible
  • Shoemaker – awl, knife, nippers
  • Smith – crown, hammer & anvil
  • Teacher – open book
  • Weaver – loom, shuttle & stretchers
  • Wood Wright – wooden objects they made

Other:

  • 3 Books – Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine & Covenants
  • 3 Rings – the Oddfellows, friendship, love and truth
  • Angel – guardian, spirituality
  • Bible – Christian
  • Chalice – Sacraments
  • Cherub – innocence
  • Crescent – Goddess, Muslim religion
  • Cross – Christian, resurrection
  • Crown – glory of life after death
  • Flame / Light – to be immortal
  • Garland / Wreath – glory, Saintliness
  • Harp – Praise to the God
  • Heart – Catholic, love, suffering of Christ
  • Hearts (2) – marriage Horns – wisdom, rebirth
  • Menorah – Judaism
  • Ring (broken) – family circle has been severed
  • Rod / Staff – comfort Star – spirit that shines
  • Star of David – Judaism
  • Sun – renewed life
  • Swords Crossed – high Military rank
  • Trumpeters – Harbingers of the Resurrection
  • Urn – immortality, remembrance

Animals:

  • Birds – eternal life or resurrection
  • Butterfly – short life
  • Dog – good master
  • Dove – peace & eternal life
  • Lamb – innocence Lion – courage Rooster – awakening, resurrection.
  • Ivy – friendship, immortality
  • Laurel – accomplishment, heroism
  • Lily – innocence, purity
  • Morning Glory – beginning of life
  • Oak, Leaves and Acorn – power, victory
  • Palm Branch – victory, rejoicing
  • Poppy – eternal sleep
  • Roses – completion and the brevity of earthly existence
  • Rose (full bloom) – prime of life
  • Rosemary – remembrance
  • Thistles – remembrance, Scottish descent
  • Tree – life
  • Tree Trunk – short life
  • Tree Sapling – life everlasting
  • Tree Stump stone in Cemetery – Woodmen of the World
  • Wheat – divine harvest Weeping
  • Willow – grief
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