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German (Germanic):
*   means birth
(*)   means illegitimate
+*   means stillborn
~~   means baptism or christening
O   means engaged
OO   means married
O-O   means an unsanctified union
O/O   means divorced
X   can also mean married
+ or a   means death
++   means line is extinct
- (a short black bar)   means burial

There are also two symbols which look like an x with the right side of the x being longer than the left. They are:
    +x   means died of wounds in battle
    x   means died in battle

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