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German Genealogy Terms and Free Reference Charts

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These translations of common German genealogy terms can be a big help when researching your ancestors, from reviewing documents to looking through an old family journal.

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Numbers
Months and Days
Family Relationships
Essential Genealogy Terms
German Nobility Terms

Numbers

GermanEnglish
einsone
zweitwo
dreithree
vierfour
fünffive
sechssix
siebenseven
achteight
neunnine
zehnten
elfeleven
zwölftwelve
dreizehnthirteen
vierzehnfourteen
fünfzehnfifteen
sechszehnsixteen
siebzehnseventeen
achtzehneighteen
neunzehnnineteen
zwanzigtwenty
dreißigthirty
vierzigforty
fünfzigfifty
sechzigsixty
siebzigseventy
achtzigeighty
neunzigninety
hundertone hundred
tausendone thousand

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Months and Days

GermanEnglish
Jahryear
Monatmonth
Tagday
JanuarJanuary
FebruarFebruary
MarzMarch
AprilApril
MaiMay
JuniJune
JuliJuly
AugustAugust
SeptemberSeptember
OktoberOctober
NovemberNovember
DezemberDecember
MontagMonday
DienstagTuesday
MittwochWednesday
DonnerstagThursday
FreitagFriday
Samstag, SonnabendSaturday
SonntagSunday

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Family Relationships

GermanEnglish
Bruderbrother
Cousin, Vettercousin (male)
Elternparents
Enkelin, Enkelgranddaughter, grandson
Familiefamily
Frau, Gattinwife
Grossmutter, -vatergrandmother, grandfather
Kindchild
Kusine, Basecousin (female)
Mann, Gattehusband
Muttermother
Neffenephew
Nichteniece
Onkeluncle
Schwägerin, Schwägersister-in-law, brother-in-law
Schwestersister
Schwiegermutter, -vatermother-in-law, father-in-law
Stiefmutter, -vaterstepmother, stepfather
Tanteaunt
Urgrossmutter, -vatergreat-grandmother, great-grandfather
Vaterfather
Waiseorphan
Witwe, Witwer
widow, widower

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Essential German Genealogy Terms

GermanEnglish
Aktdocument
Standesamtcivil registry
Taufebaptism
Geburtbirth
Ehe, Hochzeit, Heiratmarriage
Scheidungdivorce
Toddeath
Grabgrave
Bestattungburial
Vornamefirst name
Name, Zuname, Familiennamesurname
Geburtsname, Mädchennamemaiden name
Stadtcity
Dorfsmall town
Landstate
Bezirk, Kreisdistrict
Pfarrei, Kirchspiel, Gemeindeparish

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German Nobility Terms

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