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The Online Genealogist: Gravestone abbreviation - Æt.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question: I am brand new to genealogy and I am puzzled by an abbreviation.  I went to an old cemetery looking for an ancestor's gravestone.  Once in awhile I saw the abbreviation AET - with the AE next to each other.  What does this represent?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Answer: This abbreviation Æt. stand for the word Aetatis "at the age of."  An inscription might read - John Smith died February 19, 1784, Æt. 74 years.  John therefore died at the age of 74 years.

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