Banns (or marriage banns): Church-generated documents publicly stating couples’ intent to marry. The custom dates back to Colonial America; banns were posted or read on three consecutive Sundays. (Definition from familytreemagazine.com ) CLICK HERE for a sample of a banns.
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Abstract: An abbreviated transcription of a document that includes the date of the record and every name it contains; it may also provide relationships or descriptions (witness, executor, bondsman, son, widow) of the people mentioned. (Definition from familytreemagazine.com ) You’ll usually get abstracts on familysearch.org