- NE is the postal abbreviation for Nebraska, not Nevada
- AK is the postal abbreviation for Alaska, not Arkansas
- Do you mean city or county when you state "cty" and this does cause geographic angst.
- Do you and whoever reads your material in the future know the difference between ms, mss, Miss? [In my world, mss is an abbreviation for manuscript; ms is the postal abbreviation for the state of Mississippi, not Massachusetts; and Miss is a designation for a a non-married female]
- In the rest of my world, b mean born, not baptized. Bap could mean baptized or the person is a Baptist.
- Did you mean buried when you said b 8 May 1901? Or did that mean born? Heck, I think those are very different things.
- Does bp mean birthplace, baptized, or that an ancestor owned stock in a certain fuel company?
- Does an M or m mean married, male or maybe mad at you?
- b by MD? Born by Maryland? A doctor was at the birth? Is MD an abbreviation for someone's name such as Mary Dill, Marvin Dougherty?
- Is Margt an abbreviation for Margaret, Margaretta, or Margaretha?
- What about M. Jos. Lecompte? Marie Josephine? Monsieur Joseph?
You could put a key to abbreviations on your website or in your book or you could avoid abbreviations whenever possible. It's only a few more keystrokes.
FYI, it's not TMI to spell out words. BTW, it's just helping each other. FWIW, remind me if I don't explain an abbreviation. 1ce you do it, it's easy. 2day is OK.
Yes, I do abbreviate words at time, but I am going to strive to be a better non-abbreviator in 2012. 2013? Who knows. ROTFL.