Ehrlicher Research Center
719 N. Eleventh Street
Pekin, Illinois
(309) 477-3044

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Pekin, Illinois 61555-0312

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Consistent with the State of Illinois Phase 4 guidelines, we may have to limit occupancy on rare occasions to maintain proper social distancing.  Visitors should be wearing masks and will be requested to use hand sanitizer upon entry.  There may be signs posted with additional guidelines in order to help us keep our environment sanitary as possible.

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 tcghs.org is to review our website map.  Thanks for stopping by!

Marriage Application Index Added to Members Only Area!

Starting in 2020, Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society (TCGHS) is receiving the same daily feed of Marriage License Applications from the Tazewell County Clerk as is sent to local newspapers for publication.  TCGHS Members may now search this list in our Members Only Area.

2021 Carolyn's Closet Rummage Sale Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the continuing Illinois COVID-19 rules and regulations, our Board of Directors believe it is not advisable to have our annual Carolyn’s Closet Rummage Sale this year.

We thank you for your past support and look forward to resuming this annual fundraiser in 2022!

May 2021 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 photo to see it full-size!

Here's the mystery photos from the May 2021 issue of The Monthly:

Member Tom Dirksen submitted this photo - taken about 1915 at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin (note Pavilion in background). ABC Washing Machines were manufactured by Altorfer Brothers of Peoria. Known team members (all at far right) – 1st row - Ben Juchems (Tom attended school with his kids), 2nd row - Ben Dirksen (Tom’s Uncle), 3rd row - Julius Janssen. Who can name the rest of the team?
Taken in Pekin by Konisek about 1910-1915. Can you ID these siblings?

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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