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Access the records: Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the Pekin Times, 1914-2007 .
The collection consists of a name index and images of an obituary card index at the Pekin Public Library. It covers the years from 1914 to 2007.
For an alphabetical list of records currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
Citation for This Collection
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- "Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the Pekin Times, 1914-2007" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Pekin Public Library.
The key genealogical Facts in these Obituary Index cards may include the following information:
- Full name of deceased
- Date of birth
- Date of death
- Date of Burial
- Place of burial
How to Use the Record
To begin your search you will need to know the following:
- The person’s name
- The approximate death date
- The person’s last known residence
Search the Collection
Search the collection image by image
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "Surname Range" category 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 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
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. 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.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
"Illinois, Tazwwell County, Obituary Card Index from the "Pekin Times", 1914-2007" digital images FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org) accessed 21 March 2012). Mrs. Eleanore L. Engel, died July 21 1912; Ellis, Mary-Fornoff, Albert>Image 256; Pekin Public Library, Pekin, Illinois, United States.
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