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Funeral sermon collections (Leichenpredigten- und Totenzettel-Sammlungen)

Research use: Provides linkage, as deaths are often difficult to identify in church records.

Record type: Collections of funeral sermon summary sheets and death notices.

Time Period: 1518-present.

Contents: Names of deceased, relationships, birth, marriage and death dates, places of death or residence, occupations, family members. Funeral sermon collections are popular in Protestant areas, while death notices were generally a catholic phenomenon.

Location: City and state archives; some in private archives.

Population coverage: 10%. Compiled for selected individuals and locations.[1]


  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Austria,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1987-1999.