Glossary of Genealogy Terms

Glossary of Genealogy Terms beginning with M :

Compiled by Daniel H. Burrows
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MAIDEN NAME - A girl’s last name or surname before she marries

MANUSCRIPT - A composition written with the hand as an ancient book or an un-printed modern book ormusic

MARRIAGE BOND - A financial guarantee that no impediment to the marriage existed, furnished by the intended bridegroom or by his friends

MATERNAL - Related through one’s mother, such as a Maternal grandmother being the mother’s mother


Link - 7.92 inches
Chain - 100 Links or 66 feet
Furlong - 1000 Links or 660 feet
Rod - 5 1/2 yds or 16 1/2 ft (also called a perch or pole)
Rood - From 5 1/2 yards to 8 yards depending on locality
Acre - 43,560 square ft or 160 square rods

MESSUAGE - A dwelling house

METES & BOUNDS - Property described by natural boundaries, such as 3 notches in a white oak tree, etc.

MICROFICHE - Sheet of microfilm with greatly reduced images of pages of documents

MICROFILM - Reproduction of documents on film at reduced size

MIGRANT - Person who moves from place to place, usually in search of work

MIGRATE - To move from one country or state or region to another (Noun: migration)

MILITIA - Citizens of a state who are not part of the national military forces but who can be called into military service in an emergency; a citizen army, apart from the regular military forces

MINOR - One who is under legal age; not yet a legal adult

MISTER - In early times, a title of respect given only to those who held important civil officer or who were of gentle blood

MOIETY - A half; an indefinite portion

MORTALITY - Death; death rate

MORTALITY SCHEDULES - Enumeration of persons who died during the year prior to June 1 of 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 in each state of the United States, conducted by the bureau of census

MORTGAGE - A conditional transfer of title to real property as security for payment of a debt

MOTHER-IN-LAW - Mother of one’s spouse

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Essential Business Letters Index

Glossary of Genealogy Terms

Letter Asking A Donation
Letter Asking A Favor
Letter Asking for More Details
Letter Asking for Donations
Letter Denying of Dealership
Letter for Change of Address
Letter for Distributorship
Letter for Employment
Letter for Hotel Reservation
Letter for Letter of Credit
Letter for Line of Credit
Letter for Product Launch
Letter for Promotion
Letter for Retirement Congrats
Letter for Scholarship
Letter for Settlement of Bill
Letter for Tender
Letter for Testimonial
Letter of Agreement
Letter of Assurance
Letter of Credit
Letter of Enquiry
Letter of Order
Letter of Persuasion
Letter of Sympathy
Letter Offering Discount
Letter Related to Advertisement
Letter Related to Despatch
Letter Related to Training
Letter to A Foreign Buyer
Letter to Pen-Friend
Letter to Police
Letter with Order
Letter with Quotation
Letter Writing
Letters about Company Shares
Letters by Clubs and Societies
Letters by Landlords & Tenants
Letters for Appointment of Dealers
Letters for Business Relations
Letters for Buying and Selling
Letters for Credit & Collection
Letters for Foreign Travel
Letters for Lease & Tenancy
Letters for Loan & Borrowing
Letters for Transfer & Assignment
Letters for Insurance
Letters Noting Discrepancy
Letters of Condolence & Sorrow
Letters of Regret
Letters Regarding Maintenance
Letters Regarding Payment
Letters Related to Employees
Letters to Local Corporation
Letters to Postal Authorities
Letters to The Editor
Letters Used in Real Estate
Letters With Postal Department
Letters With Railways Authorities

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