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From: "Caroline DE BRUIN" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Symbols
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 04:06:25 +0200
Sorry i forgot to add the link;
On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 4:05 AM, Caroline DE BRUIN <> wrote:
> Hi, i hope i can join in.
> Here is a French Genealogicul Symbols used here in Europe, but i
> like the South Africain way!
> Its always very interesting to learn how other countries do different things.
> Regards Caroline
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 11:44 PM, Tombi Peck <> wrote:
>> Geoff Chew's explanation that the plus should actually be a cross rather
>> than a plus makes so much more sense!!
>> Glad we were both seeing things from the same point of view!
>> Best wishes,
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "patfryk" <>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 10:27 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Symbols
>>>I have never been able to follow that system, Tombi. I have a couple of
>>> newly researched ancestors who went before the a. I asked once should they
>>> be in reverse like a+ or a minus.
>>> I transpose this kind of info into either a drop down chart which is
>>> instantly visible and traceable but gets clumsy and big, or a descendent
>>> tree because you can then add those who went before without muddling (to
>>> an acceptable word) up the system.
>>> I don't know of others except Heese and Co who use this. Did he invent
>>> it customary in Europe? Or only in SAfrica?
>>> I can see the point of X for marriage or = because it is a symbol and not
>>> abbreviation therefore comprehensible in any language. But it would have
>>> be a universal global system.
>>> It's the a, b, c, d which I have to keep referring to in the notes.Takes
>>> From: "Tombi Peck" <>
>>>> The South African symbols are so odd....why have a + for a
>>> > Surely it would have been more logical to have a + for a birth and a -
>>> for a
>>>> death....who decided on these symbols?!!!!
>>>> How long has this system been in place...
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