Most of the actual source references are pretty easy to understand. Sometimes it is only initials (perhaps with a date) - those usually refer to individuals that often provide information for the site. In the future, I may expand those to full names, after I have consulted with them.
But the first part of the source information line may be a bit more confusing. So here is a list of the common codes (when multiple apply, they may be separated by a slash).
- bp birth place
- bd birth date
- b biography (general, usually means too many items to list separately)
- od ordained deacon
- op ordained priest
- ob ordained bishop
- oXd diocese for whom he was ordained (examples: odd, opd, obd)
- oXp location at which he was ordained (not currently in the databases)
- dd death date
- dp death place
- i installed
- s succeeded
- ab appointed bishop
- r resigned/retired
- c0 bishop who ordained him to the diaconate
- c1 bishop who ordained him to the priesthood
- c2 principal consecrator for his bishop ordination
- cX principal co-consecrator for his bishop ordination (X being any number above 2)
(note the c are often combined, so c2+ means principal consecrators plus co-consecrators)
An example that has several of these is the entry for my own ordinary: Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas.