Lexicon of terms and concepts used in the genealogical domain
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AIIM.md
ANSEL.md
ANSI.md
APG.md
API.md
ASCII.md
Ancestral Quest.md
BCG.md
BDM.md
BMD.md
BetterGEDCOM.md
CURIE.md
DAG.md
DBMS.md
DNA.md
DOI.md
DST.md
DTD.md
Dublin Core.md
E-C.md
EAV.md
ER.md
Evidence Analysis Process Map.md
FGS.md
FHL.md
FOAF.md
FTM.md
FamilySearch Developers Network.md
FamilySearch certified.md
FamilySearch wiki.md
FamilySearch.md
GEDCOM.md
GPS.md
GROS.md
Genealogical Proof Standard.md
Gramps.md
IETF.md
INCITS.md
IRI.md
ISO.md
LAC.md
LDS Church.md
LFT.md
Latinization.md
Lifelines.md
Makefile
Master Source List.md
NARA.md
NGS.md
NISO.md
NoSQL.md
PAF.md
PFACT.md
PRO.md
ProGen.md
QName.md
QUAY.md
RDF.md
README.md
RFC.md
RM.md
Relax NG.md
Reunion.md
Romanization.md
SOURCES.md
SQL.md
STEMMA.md
SVO.md
SoG.md
TMG.md
TNA.md
TNG.md
TZ.md
URI.md
URL.md
URN.md
UTC.md
UTF-8.md
UUID.md
Unicode.md
Web 2-0.md
XML.md
Y-DNA.md
abstract entity.md
abstract.md
accession.md
accurate.md
acronym.md
address.md
agnatic line.md
ahnentafel.md
aide.md
analysis.md
anglicisation.md
annotation.md
arrangement.md
artifact.md
assertion.md
assumption.md
attested copy.md
attribute.md
author-date system.md
authored work.md
best evidence.md
beyond reasonable doubt.md
bibliography.md
bride.md
broadside.md
bundle.md
calendar.md
call name.md
celebrant.md
character set.md
circumstantial case.md
circumstantial evidence.md
citation element.md
citation mode.md
citation reference.md
citation style.md
citation template.md
citation.md
claim.md
clear and convincing evidence.md
clergy.md
clerks copy.md
cohort.md
collection.md
compatible evidence.md
conclusion person.md
conclusion-only model.md
conclusion.md
confirm.md
conflicting evidence.md
controlled vocabulary.md
copyright.md
correlate.md
correlation.md
cote.md
credibility.md
custom.md
dAboville.md
data model.md
data type.md
database.md
dataset.md
date entity.md
date string.md
date value.md
date.md
daylight saving time.md
deduction.md
deep semantics.md
definite source.md
definitive source.md
derivative record.md
derivative source.md
description.md
diplomatic transcription.md
direct evidence.md
directed acyclic graph.md
discursive note.md
document label.md
document type definition.md
document.md
documentation.md
double dating.md
dower.md
dowry.md
drill down.md
dual dating.md
duplicate original.md
edge case.md
edition.md
element.md
emancipation.md
endnote.md
entity-relationship model.md
entity.md
ephemera.md
epoch.md
estray book.md
event constraint.md
event role.md
event type.md
event.md
eventa.md
evidence and conclusion model.md
evidence and conclusion process.md
evidence books.md
evidence person.md
evidence.md
examined copy.md
exhaustive search.md
exhibition copy.md
extract.md
facsimile.md
fact.md
factoid.md
fair copy.md
fair use principle.md
family history.md
family name.md
family.md
feme covert.md
feme sole.md
field.md
first reference note.md
folio.md
fonds.md
footnote.md
fraktur.md
free papers.md
full reference note.md
genealogy.md
geocode.md
georeference.md
granularity.md
groom.md
group.md
headline style.md
hearsay.md
hierarchical data model.md
hierarchical event.md
hypothesis.md
ibid.md
identity.md
image copy.md
image.md
imprecision.md
indefinite source.md
independent information items.md
independent sources.md
indeterminable.md
indirect evidence.md
indirect source.md
inference.md
informant.md
information.md
inheritance.md
initialism.md
interlinear notes.md
interpretation.md
intralinear notes.md
layered citation.md
legajo.md
letterpress copy book.md
liber.md
location.md
long-form citation.md
maiden name.md
manuscript.md
marginalia.md
markup.md
marriage bann.md
marriage bond.md
marriage contract.md
marriage inquisition.md
marriage.md
matrilineage.md
matrix.md
matronym.md
medium.md
metadata.md
micro-history.md
microformat.md
minutes.md
mitochondrial DNA.md
monographs.md
morganatic marriage.md
namespace.md
negative evidence.md
negative findings.md
negative search.md
op cit.md
original record.md
original source.md
parameter.md
parameterization.md
parenthetical reference.md
partially controlled vocabulary.md
patronym.md
peer review.md
person.md
persona group.md
persona.md
personal name.md
physical source.md
place hierarchy path.md
place hierarchy.md
place name hierarchy.md
place name.md
place type.md
place.md
plagiarism.md
preponderance of the evidence.md
presentments.md
presumptive evidence.md
prima facie evidence.md
primary information.md
primary object.md
primary source.md
printed primary source.md
profile.md
proof argument.md
proof statement.md
proof summary.md
proof.md
property.md
prototype subject.md
protracted event.md
prove.md
provenance.md
published source.md
quality.md
reasonably exhaustive research.md
record copy.md
record.md
reference list.md
reference note.md
related information.md
related sources.md
relationship.md
reliability.md
repository.md
research question.md
research.md
resolution.md
resource.md
role.md
scholarly genealogy.md
secondary information.md
secondary object.md
secondary source.md
semantic web.md
sentence style.md
separation of bed and board.md
separation of property.md
serialization format.md
shallow semantics.md
short note.md
short-form citation.md
sic.md
simple event.md
site.md
source format.md
source label.md
source list entry.md
source list.md
source of the source.md
source-list citation.md
source.md
speculation.md
standard.md
structured narrative.md
subject entity.md
subject reference.md
subsequent reference note.md
supra.md
surety.md
surname.md
synchronized dates.md
tag.md
tertiary information.md
theory.md
thesis.md
time zone.md
timestamp.md
transcription.md
translation.md
transliteration.md
typescript.md
unpublished source.md
user story.md
uterine lineage.md
verify.md
vertical file.md
vetting.md
vide infra.md
vital records.md
vocabulary.md
witness.md
working source list.md

README.md

Lexicon Exploratory Group

This Lexicon comprises a set terms & concepts that are currently in use in the genealogical domain by various parties, including its software designers, researchers, archivists, transcribers, etc. If there are different terms for the same concept, or different meanings for the same term, then all would be included together with information about where each definition/usage originated.

The requirement for a Lexicon is the result of FHISO including members from quite different disciplines. Although software vocabularies are constantly evolving, the usage of established terms from other disciplines by all parties was not always accurate, and so had the potential to cause confusion.

A "preferred vocabulary" will eventually be needed before FHISO can publish material for external consumption, and ANSI/NISO Z39.19 may be relevant to that end. The interesting thing about a genealogical data standard is that there is no precedent, and hence no obvious place to insert it in the current classification of standards (see ICS). This implicitly means FHISO will need some terms for which there is no standard set or authoritative source.

In the meantime, the goal of the Lexicon is collect together the various terms currently in use, and differentiate them when there are different meanings/nuances, and correlate them when there are different terms for the same concept.

To request an addition to this Lexicon, please contact the editors by email at lexicon@fhiso.org, preferably indicating a source for its definition/usage if one is known.

Alternative collections of terms that have not been assimilated: