Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records)

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.pngMacon County

Access the Records
Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007 .
CID1447337
{{{CID2}}}
{{{CID3}}}
{{{CID4}}}
{{{CID5}}}
{{{CID6}}}
{{{CID7}}}
{{{CID8}}}
{{{CID9}}}
This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States
Illinois flag.png
Flag of Illinois
US Locator Map Illinois Macon.PNG
Location of Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
US Locator Illinois.png
Location of Illinois
Record Description
Record Type Public Library Collection
Collection years 1879-2007
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites



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.

To Browse this Collection

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

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

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 name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of death.
  • The last known residence of 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 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.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

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 relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative’s names to locate 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.
  • 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 Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?

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.