Ehrlicher Research Center
Closed Until Further Notice! (see below)
719 N. Eleventh Street
Pekin, Illinois
(309) 477-3044

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PO Box 312
Pekin, Illinois 61555-0312

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Photo of Library from 11th Street

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library!  Visitors to our library have free access to many millions of additional digital images on the FamilySearch website than they can access from home.

Here's the details!

Upcoming Events

Jul 14

July Meeting

July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

David Joens, Director of the Illinois State Archives, will discuss how to do research at the State Archives and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system and what materials they hold. He’ll also discuss how to do research at an archives in general. More…

Society Closure Continues Through May!
Rummage Sale Postponed

In the interest of the safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff and in light of the extension of the Illinois Stay-at-Home Order, the Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society Ehrlicher Research Center will continue to be closed to the public through at least May 31, 2020.

Therefore, we must also cancel our May 12 meeting.  We hope to reschedule David Joens, Director of the Illinois State Archives, sometime in the future.

Carolyn's Closet, our annual rummage sale, originally scheduled for June 5-6 has been postponed.  Do not start dropping off items at the library until further notice!!

Although our library is closed, we can do limited research for you for a small fee.  Feel free to contact us by email with your needs.

Continue to monitor our website for possible updates.  During the closure, our phone will not be answered nor messages returned on a regular basis.  If you have further questions, your best bet is to contact us by email.

Welcome to the Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society!

The Society was established in 1978 to “stimulate interest; to collect, preserve, and safeguard records; and to provide related educational services for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge of our heritage.”

Our library is staffed with one or more trained volunteer genealogists.  Our collection currently contains almost 13,000 volumes.

Unexpected closings can occur but are very rare (usually to inclement weather and worldwide pandemics) – any unscheduled closing will be listed prominently on this page.  If you are coming through town and can't stop by during our normal hours, email us in advance and we'll try to make arrangements to meet you at the library.

Our meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Our monthly meeting starts with a one hour presentation about a genealogical or historical subject followed by a short business meeting.  The public is welcome to attend any of our meetings/presentations.

A good way to get a general idea of what's available here on is to review our website map.  Thanks for stopping by!

June Mystery Photos Posted!

Unfortunately, we have many photographs in our collection that are undated with unnamed persons taken at an unknown location.  We have dubbed these as our Mystery Photo Collection

We publish one or more photographs each month in The Monthly newsletter and on our website.  All additional details we have accompany each photo.  Click on a photo to see it full-size!

Here's the mystery photos from the June issue of The Monthly:

Please contact us, even if you are not 100% sure of your information—sometimes a tiny tidbit can lead to big results!  Thanks for your help!

Also, take a look at the Mystery Photos we have posted over the past several months!  Perhaps you can identify one of them.

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