Germany, Westfalen, Minden, Index to Funeral Sermons (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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The collection consists of an index to funeral sermons from the city archives in Minden for the years 1580 to 1740.

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"Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden, Verzeichnis der Leichenpredigten 1580-1740." Images. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. Stadtarchiv Minden (Minden Municipal Archives).
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