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Obituaries have been published in Illinois since the mid-nineteenth century. Obituaries may provide information such as the age of the deceased, birth date and place, names of living relatives and their residences, maiden name, occupation, death date, cause of death, and place of burial. Deceased family members are frequently mentioned. Obituaries may also mention previous places of residence, immigration information, religion, and any social organizations or activities in which the deceased was involved.  
 
Obituaries have been published in Illinois since the mid-nineteenth century. Obituaries may provide information such as the age of the deceased, birth date and place, names of living relatives and their residences, maiden name, occupation, death date, cause of death, and place of burial. Deceased family members are frequently mentioned. Obituaries may also mention previous places of residence, immigration information, religion, and any social organizations or activities in which the deceased was involved.  
  
The "[[United States Obituaries|Obituaries]]" and "[[United States Newspapers|Newspapers]]" sections of the United States Research Outline list sources for finding obituaries and the newspapers that published them.  
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Generally, the first step to obtaining an obituary is to find the death date of the person so that the obituary can be more easily found in a newspaper. Death dates may be obtained from the [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases.html Illinois Statewide death index,] or [[Illinois Cemeteries|cemeteries]] in the local area where the person is believed to have died. Once a death date is known, the local library in the area may be contacted to learn whether or not they have newspapers for the time period needed, and if someone is willing to look for an obituary in that newspaper. If the newspapers are not held at the library, the local newspaper office may also be contacted to learn where older editions of the newspaper are kept. Some libraries and even newspaper publishers keep obituary files.
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=== Obituary Resources On Line  ===
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*A new [http://www.illinoishistory.gov/lib/obit_finder.htm Obituary database] is available through the [http://www.illinoishistory.gov/lib/default.htm Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.] This database is a collection of obituary citations compiled from the ALPL Newspaper Microfilm Collection. You will not find the actual obituary, but citations for the obituary which will indicate the newspaper in which it is located along with the date, page and column.
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*The [http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/il/ilobits.htm Illinois Obituary Project] is a part of the USGenWeb Archives.
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*[http://browning.evcpl.lib.in.us/ Browning Genealogy: Evansville Area Obituary Search]: Query results for Illinois: 2547 records matched. Even though this resource is based in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, the number of Illinois references, makes this resource helpful for Illinois researchers.
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*The [http://www.archive.org/details/centralillinoiso00cus Internet Archive] may occasionally have published books which include a collection of obituaries. To search this archive, type ''Illinois Obituaries'' in the search box.
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=== Additional Obituary Resources  ===
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*The "[[United States Obituaries|United States Obituaries]]" and "[[United States Newspapers|United States Newspapers]]" Wiki articles list sources for finding obituaries and the newspapers that published them. Also, see the "[[Illinois Newspapers|Illinois Newspapers]]" section for additional sources and how to locate newspapers.
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*For Illinois, some obituaries have been published and indexed in genealogical periodicals. Many of these are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index ([[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERSI]]) which is described in the "[[Illinois Periodicals|Illinois Periodicals]]" section.
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*Military Order of the Loyal legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Illinois. ''Memorials of the deceased companions of the Commandery of the state of Illinois, Military order of the loyal legion of the United States (December 1901),'' [http://www.archive.org/details/memorialsofdeceav1mili Volume 1.] (Internet Archive)
  
For Illinois, some obituaries have been published and indexed in genealogical periodicals that are available in the Family History Library. These are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index ([[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERSI]]) which is described in the "[[Illinois Periodicals|Periodicals]]" section. See the "[[Illinois Newspapers|Newspapers]]" section for additional sources and how to locate newspapers.  
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*Military Order of the Loyal legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Illinois. ''Memorials of the deceased companions of the Commandery of the state of Illinois, Military order of the loyal legion of the United States (December 1901),'' [http://www.archive.org/details/memorialsofdeceav2mili Volume 2.] (Internet Archive)
  
Obituary files may also be kept in local public libraries and by newspaper publishers.  
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*Brieschke, Walter L. ''Index of obituaries printed in the Southern Illinois Herald newspaper, 1893-1922'' (Murphysboro, Illinois&nbsp;: Jackson County Historical Society (TN), 1985) {{FHL|482367|item|disp=FHL book 977.3994 V4}}
  
Obituaries and indexes from a few individual newspapers can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a&nbsp;Place Search under:  
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*Custer, Milo, ''Central Illinois obituaries, 1848-1870'' (Bloomington, Illinois: Bloomington - Normal Genealogical Society, 1980.) {{WorldCat|9922698}}; {{FHL|1840629|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 V4c}}
  
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*Custer, Milo, ''Central Illinois obituaries, 1871-1880'' (Bloomington, Illinois&nbsp;: Bloomington - Normal Genealogical Society, 1969.) {{WorldCat|14189333}}; {{FHL|71758|item|disp=FHL book 977.3 A1 no. 219}}
  
ILLINOIS, [COUNTY]- OBITUARIES
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Obituaries and indexes from a few individual newspapers can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
  
ILLINOIS, [COUNTY], [TOWN]- OBITUARIES  
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
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http://www.ancestorhunt.com/illinois_newspaper_obituaries.htm
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*[http://www.distantcousin.com/obits/il/ Distantcousin.com]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/illinois/index.html Deathindexes.com]
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*[http://oa.newsbank.com/oa-search/we/Archives/?p_action=keyword&s_search_type=keyword&p_product=OBAR&p_theme=obar&s_sources=location&s_place=&f_clearSearch=yes ObitsArchive]<br>Offers a free, every name index of a large collection of obituaries and death notices. Copies of the articles can be obtained for a fee ($).
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*[http://obituarieshelp.org/illinois_newspaper_obituaries.html ObituariesHelp.org]
  
http://www.distantcousin.com/obits/il/
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
  
http://www.deathindexes.com/illinois/index.html
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[[Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the Pekin Times (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
http://www.genealogybuff.com/il/
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Obituaries have been published in Illinois since the mid-nineteenth century. Obituaries may provide information such as the age of the deceased, birth date and place, names of living relatives and their residences, maiden name, occupation, death date, cause of death, and place of burial. Deceased family members are frequently mentioned. Obituaries may also mention previous places of residence, immigration information, religion, and any social organizations or activities in which the deceased was involved.

Generally, the first step to obtaining an obituary is to find the death date of the person so that the obituary can be more easily found in a newspaper. Death dates may be obtained from the Illinois Statewide death index, or cemeteries in the local area where the person is believed to have died. Once a death date is known, the local library in the area may be contacted to learn whether or not they have newspapers for the time period needed, and if someone is willing to look for an obituary in that newspaper. If the newspapers are not held at the library, the local newspaper office may also be contacted to learn where older editions of the newspaper are kept. Some libraries and even newspaper publishers keep obituary files.

Obituary Resources On Line

  • A new Obituary database is available through the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. This database is a collection of obituary citations compiled from the ALPL Newspaper Microfilm Collection. You will not find the actual obituary, but citations for the obituary which will indicate the newspaper in which it is located along with the date, page and column.
  • Browning Genealogy: Evansville Area Obituary Search: Query results for Illinois: 2547 records matched. Even though this resource is based in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, the number of Illinois references, makes this resource helpful for Illinois researchers.
  • The Internet Archive may occasionally have published books which include a collection of obituaries. To search this archive, type Illinois Obituaries in the search box.

Additional Obituary Resources

  • For Illinois, some obituaries have been published and indexed in genealogical periodicals. Many of these are referenced in the "Places" section of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) which is described in the "Illinois Periodicals" section.
  • Military Order of the Loyal legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Illinois. Memorials of the deceased companions of the Commandery of the state of Illinois, Military order of the loyal legion of the United States (December 1901), Volume 1. (Internet Archive)
  • Military Order of the Loyal legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Illinois. Memorials of the deceased companions of the Commandery of the state of Illinois, Military order of the loyal legion of the United States (December 1901), Volume 2. (Internet Archive)
  • Brieschke, Walter L. Index of obituaries printed in the Southern Illinois Herald newspaper, 1893-1922 (Murphysboro, Illinois : Jackson County Historical Society (TN), 1985) FHL book 977.3994 V4

Obituaries and indexes from a few individual newspapers can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:

ILLINOIS - OBITUARIES
ILLINOIS, [Name of County] - OBITUARIES
ILLINOIS, [Name of County], [Name of Town] - OBITUARIES

Web Sites

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the Pekin Times (FamilySearch Historical Records)