Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007
This article describes a collection of records at
Decatur, Macon, Illinois, 
United States
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Location of Decatur, Macon County, Illinois
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Record Description
Record Type Public Library Collection
Collection years 1879-2007
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
Decatur Public Library

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of images of card indexes from the Decatur Public Library. The records include:

  • Obituary indexes, Decatur Daily Review, 1879-2007
  • World War I deaths, 1917-1918
  • World War I enlistees, 1917-1918
  • World War I Soldiers, 1916-1918

The collection covers Christian, Coles, Douglas, Effingham, Fayette, DeWitt, Logan, Marion, Moultrie, and Montgomery counties. Newspapers included obituaries from their beginning issues.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]


  • Name of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Residence
  • Date and place of burial

World War I Soldiers Cards

  • Names of soldiers and enlistees
  • Death information

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record
  2. Select the Record Type, Volume, and Year Range to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for a death certificate
  • Use the information from the obituary index to obtain the actual obituary
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search for service and pension records if the individual served in the military

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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 localities
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Illinois.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.