OBITUARY INDEX for Pekin Times

Index gives the date, page number and column of obituaries printed in the Times from 1914 to present. Microfilm of old newspapers is available in the Local History Room. If you are unable to visit, our local history expert can send a notice to you. (see fee structure below) You do not need a library card to use Local History resources. *1-5 obituaries with exact name and date - $5 / 6-10 with exact name and date - $10

For this service, please email: obituary@pekinpubliclibrary.org with all the information from the notice. Advanced research fees begin at $15 and apply where dates are missing or approximate. Please allow 1-2 weeks for research requests.


From the History Room Blog

Collection includes Pekin Daily Times microfilm; IL state history and surrounding county history resources; PCHS yearbooks and some school newspapers; area directories. Resources are for in-house use.

No library card needed to use the Local History Room

We provide quick searches (15 minutes or less) at no charge. Advanced research fees are charged for searches on unspecified items (such as microfilmed articles with unknown publication date.) 1 hour of Advanced Research - $15 / 2 hours - $30. For requests taking over 2 hours, we refer to independent professional researchers. For research services, please email: obituary@pekinpubliclibrary.org

Research Services and Fees

1861, 1870-71, 1876-77, 1887-88, 1898, 1900-16, 1918, 1921-22, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1955-56, 1958, 1959, 1961-62, 1964-66, 1968-95, 1997-2017
(Reference source only; no check-outs)

Available Pekin City Directories

1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930
(Reference source only; no check-outs)

White’s Tazewell County Directories