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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
 
This Collection will include records from 1879 to 2007.<br>
 
  
 
The collection consists of images of card indexes from the Decatur Public Library. The records include:  
 
The collection consists of images of card indexes from the Decatur Public Library. The records include:  
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Newspapers included obituaries from their beginning issues.  
 
Newspapers included obituaries from their beginning issues.  
  
For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fcollection%2F1447337%2Fwaypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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|title=Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007
 
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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| text=Illinois, Macon County, Records from Decatur Public Library. Decatur Public Library, Decatur, Illinois.}}  
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[[Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
These obituaries generally contain the following information:  
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The '''obituaries''' generally contain the following information:  
  
 
*Name of deceased  
 
*Name of deceased  
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*Date and place of burial
 
*Date and place of burial
  
The World War I Soldiers Cards contain:  
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The '''World War I Soldiers Cards''' contain:  
  
 
*Names of soldiers and enlistees  
 
*Names of soldiers and enlistees  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Record Catagory ⇒ Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range which takes you to the images.
 
 
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
 
  
 
To begin your search you will need to know the following:  
 
To begin your search you will need to know the following:  
  
 
*The person’s name  
 
*The person’s name  
*The approximate death date  
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*Identifying information such as the approximate death date or their last known residence
*The person’s last known residence
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Once you have located your ancestor’s obituary, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These records are often brief so it can be easy to confuse individuals. Compare what information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
Next, look at the pieces of information given in the obituary for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.  
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To search the collection:<br>⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page<br>⇒Select "Record Catagory" <br>⇒Select "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" which takes you to the images.  
  
For example:  
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Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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=== Using the Information  ===
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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. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:  
  
 
*Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.  
 
*Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.  
 
*Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.  
*Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.  
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*Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
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*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
 
*Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.  
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*If the person was in the military use the listed information to locate their military records
 
*If the person was in the military use the listed information to locate their military records
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
*Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|Illinois, Macon|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[Illinois Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this county see the wiki article [[Macon County, Illinois]].}}
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.decatur.lib.il.us/ Decatur Public Library]
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[http://www.decatur.lib.il.us/ Decatur Public Library]  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Illinois|Illinois]]  
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*[[Illinois Genealogy|Illinois]]  
*[[Macon County, Illinois|Macon County, Illinois]]
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*[[Macon County, Illinois Genealogy|Macon County, Illinois]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citations for This Collection ==
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.  
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Decatur Public Library, Decatur, Illinois.}} <br><br>
  
"Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007" &nbsp; digital images, ''FamilySearch''(https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 24 February&nbsp;''2012). ''Adolph G. Schwertd, drafted May 27, 1918; WWl Soldiers&gt;World War l soldiers card file, 1918, s-z&gt;image 45; Decatur Public Library, Decatur, Illinois, United States.
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[[Category:Illinois|Vital Records]]
 
[[Category:Illinois|Vital Records]]

Latest revision as of 20:26, 30 April 2015

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of images of card indexes from the Decatur Public Library. The records include:

  • Obituary indexes (1879-2007) - Arranged by year
  • Military indexes (1917-1919)

Newspapers included obituaries from their beginning issues.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007.

Record Content

The obituaries generally contain the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Residence
  • Date and place of burial

The World War I Soldiers Cards contain:

  • Names of soldiers and enlistees
  • Death information

How to Use the Record

To begin your search you will need to know the following:

  • The person’s name
  • Identifying information such as the approximate death date or their last known residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select "Record Catagory"
⇒Select "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

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. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records.
  • Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate church and land records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • If the person was in the military use the listed information to locate their military records

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Related Websites

Decatur Public Library

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Contributions to This Article

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Decatur Public Library, Decatur, Illinois.

Image Citation

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007.


 

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