A-Z of Genealogy – All about the I’s

This week it’s all about words and phrases found in genealogy, family and house history research beginning with the letter I’s (not to be confused with J’s).

Iacentem – in Lying in

Iaceus – Lie (as in lying in/situated in)

ibidem – there, in the same place

Ibidem tente – Held there

Idem – The same (person or thing)

Ideo – therefore

Ille/illa/illud – That, he, she, it

IMPRIMIS – Firstly, in the first place


INCUMBENT – Parish priest

in cuius reite testimonium – In whose testimony

in cuius testimonium huic presenti carte sigillum meum apposui – in witness of which i have attached my seal to this present charter

INDENTURE – contract between two parties in which each kept and was half-cut along an indented line

inhumebat – buried

INGANENTHIEF – Jurisdiction over a thief caught in the Lord’s manor; right to try and fine such a thief

ingressus/us – entry(ies)

in dei nominee amen – in the name of god amen

in manus domini – into the hands of the lord

in manus domini manerii predicti – into the hands of the lord of the manor aforesaid

in matrimonium duxit – has married

innupta – female unmarred when she died

in perpetuum/ imperpetuum – forever

in plena curia – in open court

in primis/imprimis – firstly

in propria persona sua – in his own person

inquisitio/onis (INQUISITION) – inquiry

in respectu ad proximam curiam – adjourned until the next court

INTERREGNUM – The period when a throne is vacant between monarchs (due to death or abdiction before accession successor) i.e. period between the execution of Charles I in 1649 and the restoration of Charles II in 1660

interruit – buried

in tumulo sep – buried

INVENTORY – List of goods and chattels inc. tools of the trade and can include room by room descriptions of items drawn up on the death of an individual most likley to be found between 1530 and 1732 when they were compulsory

Ipse – Self, he himself, she herself, itself

Iste/ista/istud – this

Item (It/Itm) – Likewise, also, moreover

I would love to hear what obscure words and phrases you have found in your research – sarah@spfhhistory.co.uk

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