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From: "Tombi Peck" <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Symbols
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 10:27:56 +0100
References: <20080820060934.70A352458@ctb-mesg4.saix.net>
In-Reply-To: <20080820060934.70A352458@ctb-mesg4.saix.net>


Once the + had been explained as actually being a cross it all made
sense....it was the + sign everyone uses which threw me.
Best wishes,
Tombi Peck
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Sterne" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 7:09 AM
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] Symbols


> Hi,
> I don't know if Heese thought up the symbols but the plus sign is actually
> supposed to be a crucifix, but on the computer it's easier to use a plus.
> For a grave or burial the Omega sign is used.
> The baptism sign is actually 2 wavy lines but it's easier to use an equals
> sign when typing. Divorce is indicated by a division sign.
> Hope this helps.
> jenny
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: patfryk [mailto:]
> Sent: 19 August 2008 23:28 PM
> To:
> 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
> use
>
> an acceptable word) up the system.
> I don't know of others except Heese and Co who use this. Did he invent
> it?Is
>
> 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
> to
> be a universal global system.
> It's the a, b, c, d which I have to keep referring to in the notes.Takes
> forever.
> Patricia
>
> -----
> From: "Tombi Peck" <>
>> Hi,
>> The South African symbols are so odd....why have a + for a
>> death!!............
> > 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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