We Have Added Material For Elgin, IL Area Obituaries To Our Reference Collection; Contains Both Online And Print Index Of Deaths; Can View The Material But Cannot Check It Out

Hi Everyone,

Schaumburg Township District Library

Our Local History Librarian Jane Rozek made our library aware of some newly donated material about Elgin, IL Area Obituaries that has been added to our Reference Collection.

The obituaries cover the time period from the mid- 1970s to 2011 so they are obviously more current than older which can be a good thing.

There is an online index of surnames contained in this Elgin Area Obituary data.  Included in the index are only the names of the DECEASED person and not the names of others that may have been mentioned in the obituary as survivors.

Here is a link to the online index.

Elgin, IL  Area Obituaries Mid 1970s to 2011

Search the online index for the surname of interest.  Find the one you want.  Note the “page number” for the associated obituary in our Reference Volumes.  Call in to our Reference Desk with the surname of interest and more importantly, the “page number”.  A reference librarian can then find the obituary for you in the massive printed set of volumes of the obituary material from the Elgin Courier News newspaper by the associated page number.

Select “Browse Documents” in the online index first web page.
Select “Surname and Obituary Indexes” from the 2nd web page
Select “Elgin Area Obituaries from the 3rd web page.

Elgin Area Obituaries 1970s To 2011 Print Volumes 2nd Floor Reference

If you are in our library and want to use this material head on up to the 2nd floor and go to the “Ask Us” desk and ask for Reference.  The massive binders of both the surname index and the obituaries themselves are available at that desk.

Here is the internal email that Jane Rozek sent to us informing us of this nice resource, especially for those of you that may have had ancestors in the Elgin, IL area whose obituaries may have been listed in the Elgin Courier News that is the source for these obituaries for the time period noted above:


Hello Everyone,

Our library has a new multi-volume addition called Elgin Area Obituaries that was compiled by a local gentleman.

These obituaries stretch from the mid-1970s to 2011. He collected them largely from the Elgin Courier-News and other Elgin newspapers. We do have access to the Courier-News on the Access World News database but only back to 1997. That’s what makes this collection so unique.

He also created his own alphabetical index to all of the obits.

Patrons or librarians can also access the Index on our library’s Local History Digital Archive.


>Browse Documents

>Surname and Obituary Indexes

>Elgin Area Obituaries


Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


A big thank you to Jane Rozek for obtaining this wonderful material on Elgin, IL area obituaries from the mid-1970s to 2011.

Take advantage of this resource if you have Elgin, IL area ancestors during the time period noted.  Use the online index link noted above to make your discoveries.  Give us a call at our main number of 847-985-4000 and ask for the Reference Desk who can help you with finding the obituary from the “page number” you found in the online index.

Or just come on in to our library, head up to the 2nd floor Reference Desk and ask the librarian to use the massive print index for the obituary material to make your discoveries.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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