THE DE VILLIERS NUMBERING SYSTEM
A short introduction to SA Genealogy, to encourage people to construct their tree based on the de Villiers numbering system which is very simple, with simplified the symbols. Designed so anyone should be able to prepare a tree without the need of highly sophisticated systems. To illustrate the procedures we list one little tree which builds onto the BASSON family. The thing about trees is that it can attract a lot of people because so many surnames get introduced.
[If you want your tree listed on this site, Lois has offered to edit them so they all have the same format.]
South African Genealogy
South African Genealogies (Suid-Afrikaanse Geslagregisters), published initially by the Human Sciences Research Council and more recently by Genealogical Institute of South Africa, provide an invaluable guide to many South African families, particularly those who belonged to the Dutch Reformed Church or the Lutheran Church. Currently there are 14 volumes available, the 14 volume being Va to Vir.
Understandably, there are mistakes in some of the genealogical tables provided, and many family researchers have researched more recent generations than those covered in the volumes. The Genealogical Institute encourages people to send them corrections and additions. However, this website can also make such information available if researchers would like to pass on their information to us.
The volumes use a system of genealogical numbering introduced in the nineteenth century by C C de Villiers and this system is widely used in South Africa for immigrant families. In this system, the first progenitor who came to this country is labeled “a”, his offspring as “b1”, “b2” etc., the third generations as “c” and so it goes on.
Abbreviations commonly used are: * born; ~ baptized; x married; xx second marriage;
÷ divorced; + died; # buried; c about; dg daughter; sn son.
FAMILY TREE – Stephanus Sebastiaan and Joseph Petrus BASSON
Submitted by Lois Harley [firstname.lastname@example.org]
They appear in Volume 1 of the South African Genealogies (page 163) but although their marriages are recorded, no details are given of their descendants, some of which information I have obtained from Death Notices and other sources.
Their father was Stephanus Sebastianus BASSON whose designation is b1c2d6e9f3 * c 1808 ~ 17 Jul 1808, Drakenstein x Catherina Dorothea DÜSING dg Peter Friedich DÜSING and Christina Catherina VIORONI
g1 Stephanus Sebastian BASSON * 3 Mar 1831 Paarl CP ~ 30 Mar Sawrtland + 1 Jun 1864 Uitenhage CP x 2 Jan 1854 Uitenhage CP Johanetta Frederika Louisa OWEN * 16 Jun 1832 Port Elizabeth + 27 Mar 1904 Brandfort OFS dg Robert Paul Loftus OWEN and Helena Elisabeth ZIERVOGEL
h1 Stephanus Sebastian * 28 Jan 1854 Uitenhage CP ~ 16 Apr 1854 Uitenhage CP
h2 Helena Louisa Caroline + 1940 x Sigmund HAAGNER
h3 Catharina Anna Frederika * 17 Dec 1857 ~ 14 Feb 1858 Uitenhage CP
h4 Isabella Catherine * 14 Oct 1858 Uitenhage CP ~ 23 Jan 1859
h5 Anna Susannah * 16 Oct 1860 ~ 2 Dec 1860 Uitenhage CP
h6 Robert Owen *26 Jul 1862 Uitenhage CP ~ 5 Oct 1862 Uitenhage CP + 11 May 1928 Pretoria Tvl. x Johanna Elisabeth Antoinette TEUBES * 19 Jul 1871 Ladysmith, Natal + 22 Aug 1941, Pretoria Tvl. Dg Christian Daniel Dirk TEUBES and Maria MELVILLE
i1 Beryl Iris * 30 Jun 1897 + 1970 Pretoria, Tvl. x c 1925 Ernest Alfred LEVISEUR * C 1890 Bleomfontein OFS + 1976 Pretoria Tvl.
j1 Joan LEVISEUR
j2 Jill Pauline Elizabeth LEVISEUR
j3 Elsa LEVISEUR
i2 Leila Esme * 20 Sep 1899 Pretoria Tvl. + May 1983 Johannesburg Tvl. x Vivian HARLEY * c 1897 Bloemfontein OFS + 13 Jun 1965 Durban Natal ÷ 1943 sn Raymond Niepoth HARLEY and Catherine Elisabeth WESSELS
j1 Fleur HARLEY * 26 May 1926, Pretoria, Transvaal + Jul 2005, Johannesburg, Gauteng x Roelof VAN RYNEVELD ÷ xx Ludi FERRI ÷
j2 Vivienne aka Brownie aka Cheryl HARLEY
j3 John HARLEY * 19 Jan 1929, Pretoria, Transvaal + 1 Sep 1974, Pretoria, Transvaal x Shirley ORR-SIMPSON ÷ xx 25 Jul 1959, Johannesburg, Transvaal, Lois LABURN
j4 Ann aka Melody HARLEY
i3 Arthur Owen * 29 Jul 1901 Uitenhage CP x Olga NN
j Robert * c 1950 (adopted child)
h7 Henry Price * 17 Jun 1864 Uitenhage CP ~ 28 Aug 1864 Uitenhage CP
g3 Joseph Petrus Carel Christian * c 1830 x 5 Jan 1855 Helena Dorothea OWEN * 8 Feb 1834 Port Elizabeth CP + 20 Apr 1875 Uitenhage CP dg Robert Paul Loftus OWEN and Helena Elisabeth ZIERVOGEL
h1 Helena Elizabeth Louisa * 6 Oct 1855 ~ 11 Nov 1855 Uitenhage CP
h2 Catherine Anna Frederika * 17 Dec 1857 ~ 14 Feb 1858 Uitenhage CP x 30 Nov 1880 Hendrik Petrus van Gelden NOOME * 31 Dec 1852 ~ 6 Feb 1853 Graaff Reinet CP sn Meyndert NOOME and Anna Maria JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
h3 Joseph Sebastian * 4 Jul 1859 ~ 16 Aug 1859 Uitenhage CP
h4 Louisa Maria * 22 Dec 1860 ~ 20 Jan 1861 Uitenhage CP + 1944 Tvl. x 29 Dec 1881 Myndert NOOME * 24 Jun 1855 ~ 16 Sep 1855 Graaff Reinet CP sn Meyndert NOOME and Anna Maria JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
h5 Caroline Josephine * 10 Jul 1862 ~ 21 Sep 1862 Uitenhage CP
h6 Loftus Owen * 28 Oct 1863 ~ 6 Dec 1863 Uitenhage CP
h7 Charles Ernest Owen * 23 Aug 1865 ~ 17 Sep 1865 Uitenhage CP + 31 Dec 1935, Pretoria, Transvaal x Josina Maria STRAUSS * c Jan 1874, Pretoria, Transvaal + 25 Sep 1955, Pretoria, Transvaal (Information provided by Brian MARGETSON)
i1 Clifford Louis Owen + 21 Dec 1955 x V Maryna LAUBSCHER
i2 Elna Owen + Nov 1953 x NN DASHWOOD
i3 Beatrice Owen + in childhood
i4 Frederick Owen
i5 Charles Ernest Owen * c Apr 1902, Pretoria, Transvaal + 2 May 1952, Pretoria, Transvaal x Gladys Morwen HUGHES
j1 Allan Owen * 23 Sep 1934
j2 Joan Ethne Owen * 13 Dec 1939
i6 Iris Owen + + 1959
i7 Angus Loftus Owen + in childhood
i8 Helena Doreen Owen
h8 Emily Beatrice *7 Aug 1867 ~ 8 Sep 1867 Uitenhage CP
h9 Anna Bertha * 8 Nov 1869 ~ 9 Jan 1870 Uitenhage CP
h10 Elizabeth Sophia * 15 Oct 1871 ~ 31 Nov 1871 Uitenhage CP