The Germantown Mennonite burial ground contains about 200 graves dating back to the early 1700s. Many of those buried here were members or relatives of the Mennonite congregation, but it was also used by other members of the community. The last burial in the cemetery was in the 1950s.
The cemetery is open to the public and may be accessed at any time by entering through the wrought iron gate on Germantown Avenue. Most of the gravestones are fragile, so please treat them with care and respect.
Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust does not maintain records or resources for genealogical research. We suggest using the following resources instead:
Germantown Historical Society
(215) 844-1683, firstname.lastname@example.org
5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144-2225
Hours: Tuesdays 9 AM - 1 PM, Thursdays 1 PM - 5 PM, Sunday hours by appointment.
Mennonite Heritage Center
(215) 256-3020, email@example.com
565 Yoder Road, Harleysville, PA 19438
Hours: Tues - Fri: 10 AM to 5 PM, Sat: 10 AM to 2 PM
Some grave listings can be found by searching the "Germantown Mennonite Cemetery" section of the site:
Reconstructed Ship Passenger Lists 1683-1819
The Palatine Project is an ongoing effort, using sources from German speaking countries as well as early colonial American sources, to annotate and/or reconstruct the passenger lists of Germans who came to America in the first large wave of emigration in the 18th century, beginning with the first thirteen German families who settled Germantown in 1683.
Original 13 Email List
This email list is a dialogue between descendents and genealogy seekers of the Original 13 founding families of Germantown. To subscribe, send an email to ORIGINALfirstname.lastname@example.org with the word 'subscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message
1983 Burdge/Ulle Compilation
In 1983, Edsel Burdge and Deborah Ulle compiled a list of extant gravestones in the Germantown Mennonite Burial Ground which they compared to the list published in the 1913 Mennonite Year Book. Their compiled list includes only people born before 1780 and buried in the cemetery, and was published in the Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage magazine. Download it here.
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