A-Z of Genealogy – All about the Q’s

This week it’s all about words and phrases found in genealogy, family and house history research beginning with the letter Q.

QUANDOCUMQUE – whenever, as often as

QUANDOQUIDEM – since, seeing that

QUANTOPERE – how greatly

QUARENTENE – a linear measure, a furlong

QUARTER DAYS – 25th March (Lady Day); 24th June (Midsummer); 29th September (Michaelmas); 25 December (Christmas)

QUARTER SESSIONS – General sessions court of the peace for the county, held quarterly dealing with both criminal matters (until 1971) and administrative business (akin to local government before they were established in the 1880’s)

QUASI – as if, just as

QUERELA – plea, suit, legal action; fine paid by tenants

QUERELO – to bring a legal action; to complain


QUILIBET/WUELIBET/QUODLIBET – anyone at all, anyone you like; each; everyone whosoever

QUIS/QUID – who? what? which?; anyone, anything; someone, something

QUIT CLAIM – release and disclaimer of all rights, interest and potential legal actions from a grantor to a grantee

QUIT RENT – annual payment to the Lord in lieu of services due

QUITTANTIA – immunity, discharge, quittance

QUO – where, whither; so that

QUOD – because; that; which, what

QUO WARRANT – a legal documtn requiring someone to prove their right to a claim of office or franchise

QUONDAM – formerly, in the past

QUONIAM – since, whereas

QUOQUE – also

QUOTIENSCUMQUE – as often soever as, whensoever

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

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