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{{FamilySearch_Collection|CID=CID1447337 |title=Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007|location=United States}}
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois, United States Genealogy|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Macon County, Illinois Genealogy|Macon County]]''
  
== Record Description ==
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|title=Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007
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|location=Illinois
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| LOC_01 = Illinois
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| LOC_02 = Macon
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| LOC_03 =  Decatur
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| record_type =Public Library Collection
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| start_year = 1879
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| end_year = 2007
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| RW_URL_01 =[http://www.decatur.lib.il.us/ Decatur Public Library]
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This Collection will include records from 1879 to 2007.<br>
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== What is in the Collection?  ==
  
 
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>
 
 
 
{{Collection citation
 
| text=Illinois, Macon County, Records from Decatur Public Library. Decatur Public Library, Decatur, Illinois.}}  
 
 
 
[[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.]]
 
  
== Record Content  ==
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
These obituaries generally contain the following information:  
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Image:Illinois Decatur Public Library Card Indexes DGS 4262068 43.jpg|Library Card Index
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[[Image:Illinois Decatur Public Library Card Indexes DGS 4262068 43.jpg|thumb|right]]
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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  
 
*Death information
 
*Death information
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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To begin your search you will need to know the following:
  
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.
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*The person’s name
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*Identifying information such as the approximate death date or their last known residence
  
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:
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1447337/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<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.
  
*The person’s name
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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:
*The approximate death date
 
*The person’s last known residence
 
  
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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*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.
  
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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== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ==
  
For example:  
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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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== I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now? ==
 
 
*Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
 
*Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
*[http://www.decatur.lib.il.us/ Decatur Public Library]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[Illinois|Illinois]]
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
*[[Macon County, Illinois|Macon County, Illinois]]
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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.
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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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]]. }}
  
{{Contributor_invite}}
 
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
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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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.
  
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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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Decatur Public Library, Macon.}} <br><br>
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''Image Citation'''<br> {{Image Citation Link
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"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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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
[[Category:Illinois|Vital Records]]
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{{Contributor_invite}}

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States
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Flag of Illinois
US Locator Map Illinois Macon.PNG
Location of Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
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Location of Illinois
Record Description
Record Type Public Library Collection
Collection years 1879-2007
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

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.

Collection Content

Sample Image

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 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 their last known residence


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 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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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

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.
  • 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.


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, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Decatur Public Library, Macon.

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, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007.

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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