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Headstone Abbreviations

Below is a list of common headstone abbreviations




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AASR         Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Masonic)

AF&AM        Ancient Free and Accepted Masons

ALOH         American Legion of Honor

AMORC        Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (Rosicrucians)

AMOS         Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans (see IOOF)

AOH          Ancient Order of Hibernians

AOUW         Ancient Order Of United Workmen

AUM          Ancient Order of Mysteries (Masonic)

AUSA         Association of the United States Army

AUV          Association of Union Veterans

B of RTM     Brotherhood of Rail Road Track Men

BAY          Brotherhood of American Yeomen

BLE          Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers

BLF&E        Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Engineers

BPOE         Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks

BPOEW        Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World

BRT          Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen  

CAR          Children of the American Revolution

CSA          Confederate States Army

DAR          Daughters of the American Revolution

D.O.A./DA    Daughters of America

DAC          Daughters of the American Colonists

DAV          Disabled American Veterans

DOKK         Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan (Knights of Pythias)

DoL          Daughters of Liberty

DOLLUS       Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States

DON          Daughters of the Nile (Masonic)

DUV          Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War

FAA          Free and Accepted Americans

FAM          Free and Accepted Masons

FCB          Knights of Pythias

FLT          Independent Order of Odd Fellows

FMF          Fleet Marine Force

FOAST        Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers

FOE          Fraternal Order of Eagles

FOF          Fraternal Order of Firefighters

FOP          Fraternal Order of Police

GAR          Grand Army of the Republic

GALSTPTR     German American Legion of St. Peter

GLAUM        Grand Lodge Ancient Order of Mysteries-Masonic Order

GUOOF        Grand United Order of Odd Fellows

IOOF         Independent Order of Odd Fellows

IOOF-PM      Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Past Master

IORM         Improved Order of Redmen (Sons of Liberty)

ISDA         Italian Sons and Daughters of America

ISH          Independent Sons of Honor

K.of C.      Knights of Columbus

K.of P.      Knights of Pythias

K.T.         Knights Templar

KHC          Knights of Holy Cross

KKK          Knights of Klu-Klux Klan

KM           Knights of Malta (Masonic)

KT           Knights of Tabor

KT           Knights Templars (Masonic)

LAOH         Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

LGAR         Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic

LK of A      Loyal Knights of America

LOL          Loyal Order Orange Lodge (The Orange Order){Orange Men}

L.O.M        Loyal Order of Moose

LOOM         Loyal Order of the MOOSE

LOVUS        Legion of Valor of the United States

M.W.A.       Modern Woodmen of America

MAW          Marine Air Wing

M.W.A.       Modern Woodmen of America

MBS          Mutual Benefit Society

MCL          Marine Corps League

MOLLUS       Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

MOOSE        Loyal Order of the Moose

MOPH         Military Order of the Purple Heart

MOVPER       Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Mystic Realm (Grotto)

MRA          Royal Arcanum

NCOA         Non-Commissioned Officers Association (Military Society)

NEOP         New England Order of Protection

NL           Navy League

NOK          New Order Knights (see KKK)

NSDAR        National Society Daughters of American Revolution

NSDAR        National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

NSSUP        National Society Sons of Utah Pioneers

NU           National Union

O of A       Order of Amaranth (Masonic)

O of UF      Order of United Friends

OES          Order of the Eastern Star

OGC          Order of the Golden Cross

OSC          Order of Scottish Clans (St. Andrew's Societies)

PF of A      Patriotic Friends of America

PH           The Order of Patrons of Husbandry (The Grange)

PM           Patriarchs Militant (Independent Order of Odd Fellows)

RA           Royal Academy

RA           Royal Arcanum

R.A.M.       Royal Arch Masons

RMOKHSJ      The Religious and Military Order of Knights of the Holy 

             Sepulchre of jerusalem

RO-AUM       Rosicrucian Order (Masonic)

RSGF         Royal Society of Good Fellows

RSM          Royal and Select Masons

S.A.L.       Sons of the American Legion

SAR          Sisters of the American Revolution

SAR          Sons of the American Revolution

S.A.W.V.     Spanish American War Veteran

SCV          Sons of the Confederate Veterans

S.C.V.C.W.   Sons of the Conferderate Veterans of the Civil War

S of E       Sons of England

S.F.W.C.     Supreme Forest Woodmen Circle

SMAA         Scandinavian Mutual Aid Association

SNA-AUM      Shrine of North America (Masonic)

S.O.C.V.     Sons of the Confederate Veterans

SR           Scottish Rite (Masonic)

ST           Sons of Temperance


SUVCW  Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

S of St.G    Sons of St. George

S.S.M.A.     Soldiers & Sailors Memorial  Association

S.U.V.C.W.   Sons of the United Veteran's of the Civil War

SV           Sons of Veterans

SV           Sons of Veterans of the United States of America

TH           Temple of Honor and Temperance-Independent Order of Odd


TH           Temple of Honor-Independent Order of Odd Fellows

TPLF         Temple of Honor and Temperance, IOOF

TROA         The Retired Officer's Association

U.S.A.       United States Army

U.S.A.F.     United States Air Force

U.S.M.C.     United States Marine Corp

U.S.N.       United States Navy

UAOD         United Ancient Order of Druids

UCV          United Confederate Veterans

UDC          United Daughters of the Confederacy

UFL          Union Fraternal League

UOPF         United Order of Pilgrim Fathers

UR           The Uniform Ranks designation found on many

VFW          Veteran's of Foreign Wars

WKSC         White Knights of the Southern Cross (See KKK)

YMCA         Young Men's Christian Association

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