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

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Tazewell, Illinois, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Obituaries
Collection years 1914-2007
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What is in the Collection?

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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the "Pekin Times", 1914-2007.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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 Do I Search the Collection?

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

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

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select "Surname 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.

With either search 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the Pekin Times, 1914-2007" Database with Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing Pekin Public Library.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the "Pekin Times", 1914-2007.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the "Pekin Times", 1914-2007.

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