Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Königsberg, East Prussia, Prussia,  Germany
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Current Location
Parts of Brandenburg are now in Poland and Russia. Königsberg is now in Russia and is now known as Kaliningrad.
Record Description
Record Type Funeral Sermons
Collection years: 1673-1900
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Preußen, Ostpreußen, Königsberg, Leichenpredigten 1597-1794, Deutschland, Ostrpeußen, Königsberg, Namenskartei zur Leichenpredigten, 1700-1900
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What is in this Collection?

This article describes multiple collections.

The collection "Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Königsberg, Funeral Sermons, 1700-1900" contains funeral sermons containing vital information about the deceased. Records were originally in the University Library in Königsberg, East Prussia; now located in the Staatsbibliothek Berlin.

The collection "Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials, 1700-1900" is a card index to funeral sermons and memorials pertaining to Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany. The original card file located in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

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Card index records may contain the following information:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Death date and place
  • Names of other family members
  • Residences

Funeral sermon records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Birth and death dates
  • Birth and death places
  • Names of family members
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Biographical details such as military service or cause of death
  • Family genealogies


How Do I Search This Collection?

It is helpful to know at least one of the following:

  • Your ancestor's name
  • Residence
  • Age or birth date
  • Names of family members

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

To browse by image for Germany, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials, 1673-1900:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Funeral Sermon Number" which takes you to the images

To browse by images for Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials, 1700-1900:

⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Name Range" which takes you to the images

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials, 1673-1900.
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Germany, East Prussia, Königsberg, Index to Funeral Sermons and Memorials, 1673-1900.

What do I do next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, Now What?

  • Use the age in the marriage records to find an approximate birth year to begin your search in church or civil records.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married or died nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify. Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual. This compiled list can help you identify possible relations that can be further verified by researching vital records in the country.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900. If the officiator of a marriage or death was a minister, you may be able to determine to which religion or congregation your ancestor belonged. Look for church records of the birth, marriage, or death which may provide more information on the family.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, Now What?

  • Switch to a different record collection. Depending on the time period, German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images. Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Deutschland, Preußen, Ostpreußen, Königsberg, Leichenpredigten 1597-1794" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Staatsbibliothek Berlin (Berlin State Library, Berlin)
Collection Citation
"Deutschland, Ostpreußen, Königsberg, Namenskartei zur Leichenpredigten, 1700-1900." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library, Berlin).
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