Foreign languages found on tombstones
English German Swedish Norwegian Danish Polish French
born geboren fOdd fØdt fØdt urodzony ne
died gestorben dOtt dØd dØd umarl décédé
mother mutter moder mor moder matka mère
father vater fader far fader ojciec père
wife ehefrau maka kone kone zona epouse
year jahr ár ar ar rok annee
age alter álder alder alder wiek age
month monat mánad máned maaned miesiac mois
day tag dag dag dag dzien jour
Source: Branching Out, Twin Cities Genealogy Society, Vol. 17, #4, June 1998
ANCESTRY QUICK TIP 05-25-2001
During this season of decoration of graves, it is vital to get unmarked graves some type of notation. Anyone knowing who these folks are would be encouraged to place some type of marker. I have placed many in these old cemeteries with markers that were very inexpensive to make.
I go to the local Lowes, Wal-mart, etc. and get a one-inch flat solid concrete block, and a landscape block (the one I use if placed upright looks like a small tombstone). Then I'm off to the local Awards company and have a 5"x7" plaque made on stainless steel. Black with silver or gold embossing looks great. I started with plain silver and etching, but these do not show up as well. I glue this engraving to the front of the landscape block with liquid nail. Then attach the block to the flat one-inch concrete block. It is better than having the grave remain unmarked. It costs under $20 to do one of these ,and they are light enough for anyone to place by themselves.
NOTE: Be sure to check with cemetery offices about any restrictions
concerning placement of cemetery markers.
Update: 04-11-2002 - Re: Permission to use..
Wonderful site. Feel free to use the photo along with the message.
Another reader had the idea of making the plaque from black plastic with white lettering, and it shows up a lot better. Plaques can be engraved on other materials. This was my first attempt, and the aluminum does not show as well. Adding decorative items, such as crosses or roses also enhances the plaques.So tickled that folks were interested. Knowing unmarked graves are now being marked makes my day.A lady in CA is using them in her pet cemetery. That was something I didn't even think of.
Thank you so much for putting up, and I hope it will help others. I am in Central AR and can help folks who need these made and placed in the area, if anyone is interested. The main thing is to get these graves marked before it's too late.
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Received from Debra May 03, 2002 along with permission to use.
ANCESTRY QUICK TIP
A family story suggested that my grandfather was buried in his family's traditional plot, but when I visited the family cemetery there was no stone for him. As I wandered among the markers, I passed BEHIND some of them, and discovered my grandfather's name and dates had been added on the back of his mother's stone. Later I learned he had died young, far from home, and his ashes were sent back and buried at his mother's grave (his father was still living at the time). The lesson is to check the BACK of gravestones, even those that appear to have only one face. ...............Janet Wright <Ancestry Daily News, 20 June 2001>