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A BASIC guide to common words and phrases commonly found on Tombstones,

translated from languages likely to be encountered while researching in Pennsylvania.

Anyone who can contribute translations into additional languages,

or have additional phrases to be included, should contact


Ellis Michaels



English German
January Januar
February Februar
March Marz
April April
May Mai
June Juni
July Juli
August August
September September
October October
November November
December Dezember
age alter
week woche
day tag
month monat
year jahr
born 1] betragen 2] geboren
died 1] gestorben  2] starb
Sunday Sonntag
Monday Montag
Tuesday Dienstag
Wednesday Mittwoch
Thursday Donnerstag
Friday Freitag
Saturday Samstag
father vater
mother mutter
husband ehemann
wife 1] frau  2] weib
wife of gattinvon
son sohn
daughter tochter
brother bruder
sister schwester
grandfather 1] gro▀vater 2]opa
grandmother 1] gro▀mutter 2] oma
uncle onkel
aunt tante
marriage verbindung
here rests hier ruht
rest gently ruhe sanft
rest in peace ruhe in frieden
they brought a life of  (they lived to the age of) sie brachte ihr leben auf
here rests the bones of the deceased hier ruhen die gebeine des verstorbenen




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This page was updated 27 Apr 2011 and is maintained by Ellis Michaels


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