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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 Serbian
January januar
February februar
March mart
April april
May maj
June juni
July juli
August avgust
September septembar
October oktobar
November novembar
December decembar
age starost
week 1] sedmica  2] nadelja
day dan
month 1] mesec  2] mjesec
year godina
born rodjen
died umrli
Sunday 1] nedelja  2] ned\jela
Monday 1]ponedeljak  2] poned\jelak
Tuesday utorak
Wednesday 1] sreda  2] srijeda
Thursday "cetvrtak
Friday petak
Saturday subota
father 1] otac  2] roditelj
mother majka
husband mu"z
wife 1] supruga  2] "zena
son sin
daughter 1] k'cerka  2] k'ci  3] 'cerka
brother 1] brat  2] bato  3] braco
sister sestra
grandfather 1] deda  2] d\jed  3] praroditelj
grandmother 1] baba  2] nana
uncle 1] stric  2] ujak  3] tetak
aunt 1] tetka  2] ujna  3] strina
marriage 1] brak  2] svadba  3] ven"canje  4] vjen"canje
here rests Ovde poc'iva
Here rests in the peace of God Ovde poc'iva v miru Bozhijem
Ch. odj. 88 C.H.C
The English equivalent of  the cyrillic C. H. C. is S. P. S., the Srpski Pravoslavni Savez (The Serbian Orthodox Federation). 

Ch.= C'len = member
Odj. = local chapter 


So the person was a member of local chapter 88 of the Srpski Pravoslavni Savez  (also called Srbobran) "The Serbian Orthodox Federation" founded in McKeesport, Pa.
In 1929 the S.P.S. turned into the Srpski Narodni Savez = the Serbian National Federation" with HQ in Pittsburgh



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