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Monday, October 31, 2011

What are the Chapman Codes?

Do you know about the Chapman Codes? This code was derived and added to an existing code listing for each British Isles County by Dr. Colin R. Chapman. He enlarged on what had been in existence since about 1923 and by 1979, the Chapman Code as we know it today, was up and running.

This code is universal and accepted by genealogists around the world. If you use the code symbols, everyone will understand what county to which you are referring. This is not the same as a postal code, but a code to indicate the county. There are a number of sites on-line that will have the code, including ISBGFH.

The code will be used for our surname registration project as it is used for other society projects. If you’ve been doing British genealogy for any length of time, you’ve probably already come across the Chapman Codes.

Click here for the ISBGFH listing of the Chapman Codes (opens in PDF - Adobe Reader required).
(Note: links in the message updated 6 July 2012)
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2 comments:

J. Paul Hawthorne said...

Thanks for this great information.

J. Paul Hawthorne said...

Thanks for this great information.