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

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Collection Time Period

The collection covers the years 1914-2007.

Record Description

The collection consists of images of obituaries and a card index from the Pekin Public Library in Pekin, Illinois.

Record Content

The key genealogical Facts in these Obituary Index cards may include the following information:

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  • Full name of deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Burial
  • Place of burial

How to Use the Record

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

  • The person’s name
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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 you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

Record History

Newspapers included obituaries from their beginning issues.

Why the Record Was Created

Obituaries were written as a public announcement of death.

Record Reliability

The information is generally reliable, but may contain some inaccuracies.

Related Websites

Pekin Public Library

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record Found in a Collection

  • “Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), entry for William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, married 23 November 1913; citing marriage certificate no. 859; FHL microfilm 2,025,063; Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover.
  • “El Salvador Civil Registration,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 21 March 2011), entry for Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, born 9 April 1880; citing La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal de San Salvador
  • "Illinois, Tazwwell County, Obituary Card Index from the "Pekin Times", 1914-2007" images FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 17 November 2011). entry for Mrs. Eleanore L. Engel, died July 21 1912; citing newspaper files, Ellis, Mary-Fornoff, Albert, Image 256; Pekin Public Library, Pekin, Illinois, United States.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records.  It may include tha author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

"Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the "Pekin Times", 1914-2007." FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org). Pekin Public Library, Pekin, Illinois. FHL digital images, 33 digital folders, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.