Fortunately, there are extensive lists of different abbreviations available on the Web. The first source is RootsWeb.Ancestry.com's Abbreviations Found in Genealogy. This is an alphabetical list of hundreds of abbreviations. However, these are all English language abbreviations. Another English-based list is found on Geni at Abbreviations & Acronyms for Genealogy - The Accepted. Here is a list of other places you might want to visit for abbreviations:
- Common Genealogical Acronyms -http://austega.com/familyhistory/courses/acronyms.htm
- Association of Professional Genealogists: Abbreviations and Acronyms -http://www.apgen.org/resources/aa.html
- Genealogical Acronyms and Glossary -http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~jimella/acronyms.htm
- The A to Z of British Genealogical Research (The Emery Paper): Abbreviations -http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/EmeryPaper.html#Abbreviations
- International Society of Genetic Genealogy's: DNA - Newbie Glossary -http://www.worldfamilies.net/glossary.html
- List of abbreviations for English given names - Wikipedia -http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Abbreviations_for_English_given_names
Genline.com has a list of Swedish abbreviations. See Dictionary & Abbreviations.
There is also a book by Kip Sperry. See:
Another rather extensive list of abbreviations and a dictionary of obscure terms is found in the following book:
I might have made you go look at the book to find out what a zax is but I took pity and will tell you it is a tool used by a slater. But you will have to look up slater for yourself. I suggest that if you run into abbreviations in a language other than English, you try searching for the word for abbreviations in that language with the word for genealogy.