have found deaths being denoted by "fl." rather than the usual "d." abbreviation; what is this please?

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WikiTree profile: Mary Lane
in Genealogy Help by Mark Edwards G2G Crew (370 points)

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"Fl." is not a denotation of death, but a common denotation for research in times when birth and death dates are hard to find! "Fl." is an abbreviation for Floruit - the period that someone is known to have flourished (that is, mentioned in deeds etc.).

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floruit .

by Willem Vermeulen G2G6 Mach 3 (32.1k points)
selected by Michel Vorenhout
So ... denotes a period "known to be alive". Thank you.
Would a correct usage therefore require 2 dates? A single date doesn't really denote a "period" of time at all.
While a date range is preferable, you have to use what you have got.  eg. The only thing I know about the father of my great aunt, who was born illegitimate, is her father's name and the date she was born (ie. I know he was alive about 9 months earlier, but I have no idea how old he was, etc).  Despite quite a few hours spent trying to find out more aboute him the only thing I can say with certaintly about Charles Ferris is: "fl. 1934".
Most often you would indeed end up with a range of dates (first record - last record), but sometimes you end up having only one record for one person.

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