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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Here is a list of the abbreviations used in the 1972 Postal Guide with an English translation.

Abbreviation Term English Translation
bi bisentral
bo bostad, villa dwelling place
bostr bolistrøk residential area
br bruk/småbruk small farm once part of a large farm
brh brevhus
busst busstoppested bus stop
cpl campingplass camping place
ds damskipsekspedisjon shipping office
everk elektrisitetsverk electric power plant
fyrl fyrlykt light house
gd gard (gardsbruk) farm
gdr garder farms
glh gamleheim/aldersheim old folks home
gym gymnas gym
idrpl idrettsplass/stadion sports field/stadium
jst jernbanestasjon railway station
jstop jernbanestoppested railroad stop
kom kommunelokale community office
lhl landhandleri country store
milit militæranlegg military area
P postadresse postal addres/zipcode
pelsf pelsdyrfarm fur farm
pgd prestegård priests farm
pk postkontor post office
poståpneri rural postal station
rekrhj rekreasjons/rekonvalesenthjem convelescent home
rsk realskole school following grammar school
sk skole, sentralskole school
spsk spesialskole special school
T telegraf og rikstelefonstasjon telegraph and telephone station
tettbeb tettbebyggelse densly populated place
tst telegraf og rikstelefonstasjon telegraph and telephone station
ungdh ungdomsherberge youth hostel
upk underpostkontor post office branch
usk ungdomsskole junior high school

Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.

There are many places within a country with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.

Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:

  • Different religious denominations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
  • The population size.
  • Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
  • Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
  • Longitude and latitude.
  • Distances and direction from other from cities.
  • Schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Denominations and number of churches.
  • Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)