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From: "Teresa Elliott" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Abbreviations
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 17:13:35 -0500
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This non professional hates to write out place names. <G> If I were going
to send the data to a professional organization, I would have to do more
editing than changing TN to Tennessee (where LA means Lower Antioch.) With
genealogy and word processor programs, one can easily make those changes at
editing time. For my family, I only need to say Rockvale, or Murfreesboro,
or Holt's Corner, and they know exactly where I mean. I think it would
depend on the audience. IF I were sending a report to a friend I met online,
then I would want to be more specific with places than I have to be with my

Now I am not saying you shouldn't spell out the names, just that I rarely
bother. <G>

Teresa Ghee Elliott

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On Behalf
Of mikemore
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 3:45 PM
Subject: [TMG] Abbreviations

To quote from Elizabeth Shown Mills 'Professional Genealogy': "Most
professionals prefer to write out place names, rather than abbreviate them;
and style manuals routinely frown on abbreviations amid text....Because
genealogists work across national and linguistic boundaries, avoiding
abbreviations ensures greater comprehension and fewer errors of
interpretation...If we abbreviate names of states and provinces, we should
use the standard abbreviation - not the two- or three-letter postal codes
rendered in full capitals."

Mike More

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Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 06:51:05 -0700
From: "martysgenes" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Abbreviations
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In some parts of the country, LA is Lower Alabama! <vbg>
Marty in AZ

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On Behalf
Of DeAnna Burghart
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 12:35 AM
Subject: Re: [TMG] Abbreviations

I use the common names, mostly for ease of reference and ease of reading.

I've never seen St. Louis spelled any other way, at least not that I can
readily recall. Likewise St. Paul, and Mt. Harris (Colorado). However, Los
Angeles is never L.A. (which could be mis-read as Louisiana), and New York
City is spelled out in full. I've never seen anyone else write Fort
Lauderdale as Ft. Lauderdale, so I don't either. Granted, my experience may
be limited. For items like these, though, I write them as I would want to
read them.


DeAnna Burghart
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