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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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

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

Funeral sermon

  • 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

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  • 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 the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Consult the Germany Record Finder to find other records
  • 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
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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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