15 October 2008

Fraternal Society Acronyms

If you've ever found yourself puzzled over the meaning of abbreviations in some obituary and death notices the following list, distributed by Glenn Wright for his presentation at September's BIFHSGO conference, may be helpful. A few links are added.

Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (AF & AM)

Ancient Order of Foresters (AOF)

Ancient Order of Foresters (AOOF)

Ancient Order of United Workmen (AOUW)

Canadian Order of Foresters (COF)

Canadian Order of Home Circles (COHC)

Canadian Order of Odd Fellows (COOF)

Catholic Mutual Benefit Association (CMBA)

Celtic Benefit Association of Ottawa (CBAO)

Daughters and Maids of England Benevolent Society (DMEBS)

Emerald Benefit Association (EBA)

Independent Order of Foresters (IOF)

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)

International Order of King’s Daughters (IOKD)

Knights of the Golden Eagle (KGE)

Knights of the Maccabees (KOM)

Order of Chosen Friends (OCF)

Order of Fraternal Guardians (OFG)

Order of Owls (OOO)

Royal Arcanum (RA)

Sons of Canada (SOC)

Sons of England Benefit Society (SOEBS)

Sons of Scotland Benefit Society (SOSBS)

Woodmen of the World (WOW)

1 comment:

Will said...

How can I learn more about the Celtic Benefit Association of Ottawa (CBAO)? My g-g-grandfather was president for a while. Thanks, Will