Some Hints on using South African Materials

If you are lucky enough to connect to an earlier published genealogy your work will be reduced substantially in that you would be able to research your family from the present until a connection can be found to an earlier ancestor in a published genealogy, perhaps as late as 1830, taking your information back to the earliest settler, perhaps as early as 1652.

It stands to reason that you will be consulting published genealogies and I would like to mention some of the standard genealogical symbols used in South Africa to make your task easier:

SymbolMeaning

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Born

~

Christened or Baptized

x

Marriage

xx

Second Marriage, etc

+

Died

÷

Divorced

a.

Arrival

c.

Circa (about)

d.o./d.v.

daughter of

s.o./s.v.

son of

NN

Nomen Nescio (Name Unknown)

Wid

Widow or Widower