- b. (abbreviation)
- B (abbreviation)
- black, indicating race.
- public announcement of an intended marriage, generally made in church.
- bapt. (abbreviation)
- a base-born individual was an illegitimate child.
- a bastard is an illegitimate child.
- a biography is a book written about a particular individual. You can
also find compiled biographies, which are books that contain short biographies
of many different people. A compiled biography normally is about a specific
group of people. For example, you can find compiled biographies about
individuals who were involved in a particular profession or who lived
in a particular area. You can usually find the following information
in a biography: occupation, accomplishments, affiliations, and family
- birth records
- a birth record contains information about the birth of an individual.
On a birth record, you can usually find the mother's full maiden name
and the father's full name, the name of the baby, the date of the birth,
and county where the birth took place. Many birth records include other
information, such as the birthplaces of the baby's parents, the addresses
of the parents, the number of children that the parents have, and the
race of the parents, and the parents' occupations.
- bef. (abbreviation)
- term appearing in a will meaning to leave or give property as specified
therein to another person or organization.
- bet. (abbreviation)
- list of writings relating to a specific subject, some of which are
annotated. A bibliographic citation describes and identifies the author,
edition, date of issue, publisher, and typography of a book or other
written material. Generally, bibliographies appear at the end of a publication
to indicate the sources used by the author or to suggest titles for
additional reading. Bibliographic citations appear in footnotes and
end-notes to document the source of a statement made in the body of
- written, binding agreement to perform as specified. Many types of
bonds have existed for centuries and appear in marriage, land and court
records of used by genealogists. Historically, laws required administrators
and executors of estates, grooms alone or with others, and guardians
of minors to post bonds. It is not unusual to discover that a bondsman
was related to someone involved in the action before the court. If a
bondsman failed to perform, the court may have demanded payment of a
specified sum as a penalty.
- pertaining to measuring natural or man-made features on the land.
- bounty land
- land promised as an inducement for enlistment or payment for military
services. A central government did not exist when the Revolutionary
War began, nor did a treasury. Land, the greatest asset the new nation
possessed, was used to induce enlistment and as payment for military
services. Those authorized to bounty land received a Bounty Land Warrant
from the newly formed government after the war.
- bp. (abbreviation)
- bpt. (abbreviation)
- bro. (abbreviation)
- bu. (abbreviation)
- bur. (abbreviation)
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