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From: patfryk <>
Subject: Re: [ZA] Deciphering signatures
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2005 05:15:40 +1200
Hi Sarah. I noticed the other day and meant to connect. That HEATH name
I have a death notice for Cecil Edward Goodison Heath.. The Heath part does
not interest me unless his mother was a Goodison.The three first names are
all in my Goodison family. It may be he had something to do with O'okiep? If
so I am on the right track.
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From: "Fulguirinas Sarah Ann" <>
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2005 1:58 AM
Subject: [ZA] Deciphering signatures
> My grandmother I thought was Sarah Athlene, however
> her workcard said Athlene. And it was said that she
> was supposed to have been Serena or Selina but when
> her father went to register her birth it came out as
> Sarah Athlene. He was illiterate. So perhaps that is
> And then again how about the possibility of the
> parents disagreeing over the name. My great-aunt was
> supposed to have Catharina in her name. There was
> confusion as to whether she was Hester Johanna
> Catharina or Hester Catharina Johanna.
> And in SAG there is Elizabeth Rosina HEATH
> twice,(different generations) but in the family bible
> passed down by my great-grandmother the second
> Elizabeth is Elizabeth Cornelia. I wondered if an
> unusual name was converted to one that sounded better
> or better known.
> Then again different members of my grandmother's
> family spelled BURTLES as BYRTLES, BYRTELS, BURTELLS.
> And when looking for things do not forget there are
> transcription errors. If people heard a name and
> never saw it written down or trying to read an old
> document with different handwriting styles, or from a
> different language.
> There have been instances where a child being baptised
> had the name changed somewhat because the minister
> decided the child should have a "proper Christian
> name" from as simple a thing as William becoming
> Willem to a more complex one of Lodewyk becoming
> All part of the fun of discovering one's family
> Researching HEATH, BURTLES, FOURIE, DELPORT, SMAL
>> For years my wife's paternal grandmother was known
>> as Susannah Petronella
>> MARDON, b. BOUCHER, but on obtaining her Death
>> Notice from the Master's
>> office, lo and behold! Susannah Petronella was
>> actually Susanna Luseana, how
>> and why she was called Susannah Petronella no one
>> has a clue.
>> >on Friday, August 19, 2005 6:46 PM, Pat Fryk wrote
>> > Just thought I'd pass this joyful bit on.
>> > For years from four different researchers /and/
>> or/ cousins (pre email
>> > days and digital whatevers) a witness to two
>> weddings and sponsor to
>> > baptisms was a name deciphered as "Lenha" .And
>> how I searched for that in
>> > Ireland and all. Only yesterday with the original
>> docs in my hand did I
>> > instantly see not Lenha but Cecelia!!
>> > Go figure
>> > Pat
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