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From: "Viv Kymdell" <>
Subject: Brown Look-ups - Pat Fryk 3
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 08:57:25 +0200
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Hi Pat,

You wrote:
> I still find it very difficult to get the hang of the SA system of showing
> generations. the b make sense but then pick up any on c or d and there is
> clear way of finding which of the b's child/grandchild it is.

The bcd system is the most popular in SA and is really very easy to use.
The progenitor is sometimes shown as A, but is mostly shown with an
invisible A, in other words he stands above the main body of the genealogy.
Then, as you know, follow all the b's which are his children. All the
c,d,e,f,g's etc below b1, say, are his descendants. To read the system,
simply go to the next b - b2 - and all the c,d,e,f,g's etc below b2 will be
b2's descendants. The c's are b's children [the progenitor or A's
grandchildren], the d's are c's children, [the progenitor or A's great
grandchildren and therefore b's grandchildren] and so on. Say, for
example, you are interested in a certain d on page 2, backtrack upwards on
the page from that d to the c above him - that will be his father, backtrack
further to the next b and you will have his grandfather, the A or progenitor
will be his great grandfather.

I really hope this helps you as this system is quite fundamental and is one
of the first things learnt in reading most SA compiled genealogies.


Viv Kymdell

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