Germany, Saxony, Freiberg, Funeral Sermons (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Freiberg, Saxony, Prussia,  Germany
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Current Location
Saxony is located in Germany. Freiberg is located in Germany.
Record Description
Record Type Funeral Sermons
Collection years: 1614-1661
Languages: German
Title in the Language: Deutschland, Sachsen, Freiberg Leichenpredigten
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This collection will include records from 1614 to 1661.

This collection includes funeral sermons (Leichenpredigten) housed in the Andreas-Möller Bibliothek in Freiberg, Saxony, Germany. These sermons were generally prepared and given by ministers at the grave site for the wealthier and some middle class people. They usually contain information such as names, dates, places, relatives, life histories, and sometimes pedigrees for many generations. The information is subject to error as it was reported by relatives who did not always remember facts accurately. Sermons (talks) were written to honor a dead person and were adapted to the family and social context; it contains a vita, also called curriculum vitae (Personalschriften), meaning a brief biographical sketch. Sermons were printed privately and distributed to commemorate the deceased person. These sermons are oftentimes handwritten.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Names
  • Dates
  • Places
  • Relatives
  • Sometimes a pedigree

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

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How Do I Analyze the Results?

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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 the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age in the citizen 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 moved, been recruited or lived 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
  • When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

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, either German Civil Registration records or German Church records may be more useful
  • While searching, it is helpful to know such information as the ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as an ancestor and that the ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times
  • Keep in mind that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • 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
  • Search the indexes and records of local genealogical societies

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"Deutschland, Saxony, Freiberg, Leichenpredigten 1614-1661." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Andreas-Moller Bibliothek, Freiberg (Andreas Möller Library, Freiberg).
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