By: Pycroft  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Society of Genealogists

These codes are used widely throughout the world in various forums. Also page vi of "Family Research Directory 2000" by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) contains ALL the world's codes.
  • num Street, Suburb/Parish, Town/City, County, Country.
  • 11 Union St. St. Marys, Southsea, HAM, ENG.
  • St. Michaels Church, Christchurch, CBY, NZ.
  • Example 2
  • Country, County, Town/City, Suburb/Parish, num Street.
  • ENG, HAM, Southsea, St. Marys, 11 Union St.
  • NZ, CBY, Christchurch, St Michaels Church.
  •       They describe the location in full so the is no possible way of identifying the wrong place. Also other readers get a better idea of exactly where the location is. 'I' might know, but do my readers? Separating the parts with commas and using a consistent style makes readability and sorting easy when in a list. I use <F8> extensively in BK5 & BK6 to make sure I repeat the same spelling mistakes and typographical errors. Only ONE location is ever entered - once. Using the Chapman Codes makes for consistent abbreviations and reduces the space needed in database fields of limited length. It also reduces database size, more so since there are no duplications. Both COUNTY, and COUNTRY. codes are always in upper case font with Commas & Periods as shown. in Brothers Keeper. Observe that some locations are duplicated and others not conforming
    How should one write up their Locations?       Here are my examples.
    Example 1

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    CHAPMAN CODES     - ( B.S.S. 6879:1987)
    England (ENG) Before 1974:-
    BDF Bedfordshire   HRT Hertfordshire    SOM Somerset
    BRK Berkshire     HUN Huntingdonshire   STS Staffordshire
    BKM Buckinghamshire  KEN Kent         SFK Suffolk
    CAM Cambridgeshire  LAN Lancashire      SRY Surrey
    CHS Cheshire     LEI Leicestershire **  SSX Sussex
    CON Cornwall     LIN Lincolnshire     WAR Warwickshire
    CUL Cumberland    LND London        WES Westmorland
    DBY Derbyshire    MDX Middlesex      WIL Wiltshire
    DEV Devonshire    NFK Norfolk       WOR Worcestershire
    DOR Dorset      NTH Northamptonshire   YKS Yorkshire
    DUR Durham      NBL Northumberland    ERY East Riding Yorkshire
    ESS Essex       NTT Nottinghamshire   WRY West Riding Yorkshire
    GLS Gloucestershire  OXF Oxfordshire     NRY North Riding Yorkshire
    HAM Hampshire     RUT Rutland       IOW Isle Of Wight
    HEF Herefordshire   SAL Shropshire      IOM Isle Of Man

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    Wales (WLS) :-        ** since changed from LEI to LEC
    AGY Anglesey     DEN Denbighshire     MON Monmouthshire
    BRE Breconshire    FLN Flintshire      MGY Montgomeryshire
    CAE Caernarvonshire  GLA Glamorganshire    PEM Pembrokeshire
    CGN Cardiganshire   MER Merionethshire    RAD Radnorshire
    CMN Carmarthenshire

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    Scotland (SCT) :-
    ABD Aberdeenshire   FIF Fifeshire      PEE Peebleshire
    ANS Angus (Forfar)  INV Inverness-shire   PER Perthshire
    ARL Argyllshire    KED Kincardineshire   RFW Renfrewshire
    AYR Ayrshire     KRN Kinross-shire    ROC Ross & Cromarty
    BAN Banffshire    KKD Kircudbrightshire  ROX Roxburghshire
    BEW Berwickshire   LKS Lanarkshire     SEL Selkirkshire
    BUT Bute       MLN Midlothian      SHI Shetland Isles
    CAI Caithness     MOR Moray        STI Stirlingshire
    CLK Clackmannanshire NAI Nairnshire      SUT Sutherland
    DFS Dumfriesshire   OKI Orkney Isles     WLN West Lothian
    ELN East Lothian                WIG Wigtownshire
    Channel Isles (CHI) ** :-    ** since changed from CHI to CHA
    ALD Alderney     GSY Guernsey       SRK Sark
    JSY Jersey

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    Ireland (IRL) :- 
    CAR Carlow       LEX Leix (Queens)    WAT Watford
    CAV Cavan        LIM Limerick       WEM Westmeath
    CLA Clare        LOG Longford       WEX Wexford
    COR Cork        LOU Louth        WIC Wicklow
    DON Donegal       MAY Mayo
    DUB Dublin       MEA Meath        N.Ireland (NIR) :-
    GAL Galway       MOG Monoghan       ANT Antrim
    KER Kerry        OFF Offaly (Kings)    ARM Armagh
    KID Kildare         Queens (See Leix)  DOW Down
    KIK Kilkenny      ROS Roscommon      FER Fermanagh
      Kings (see Offaly) SLI Sligo        LDY Londonderry
    LET Leitrim       TIP Tipperary      TYR Tyrone
      Note the two parts of Ireland - IRL and NIR.

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    AKDAucklandKCYKing CountryTNKTaranaki
    BOPBay of PlentyMWTManawatuTPOTaupo
    CBYCanterburyMBHMarlboroughTVYThames Valley / Coromandel
    NCYNorth CanterburyNLNNelsonWKTWaikato
    SCYSouth CanterburyNLDNorthlandWRPWairarapa
    ECPBay of PlentyOTGOtagoWANWanganui / Rangitikei
    HBYHawkes BaySLDSouthlandWTNWellington

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    ACTCapital TerritoryQLDQueenslandVICVictoria
    NSWNew Soth WalesSASouth AustraliaWAWestern Australia
    NTNorthern TerritoryTASTasmania - -

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    You may print this page for your future reference. It is useful to use these codes on your genealogy program locations to help abbreviate the length of the location, and maintain consistency with your references. A disiciplined style makes for easier reading, sorting and searching.
    These codes are used widely throughout the world in various forums. Also page vi of "Family Research Directory 2000" by the New Zealand Society of Genealogists (NZSG) contains ALL the world's codes.

    Copyright © 06-02-2004. - B.E.PYCROFT.        Previous change 21-11-2002

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