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

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 312
Pekin, Illinois 61555-0312

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Monday Thursday
9:00 am-1:00 pm 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Tuesday Friday
9:00 am-1:00 pm 9:00 am-1:00 pm
7:00 pm-9:00 pm  
Wednesday Sunday
9:00 am-4:30 pm 2:00 pm-4:30pm
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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

Sep 08

September Meeting

September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thomas MacEntee, professional genealogist, presents a live online webinar — Navigating the Seven C’s of Genealogy. More…

Society Resumes Normal Hours!

The Society has now resumed our normal hours!  Welcome Back!

Consistent with the State of Illinois Phase 4 guidelines, we will limit occupancy as needed 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.

2020 Carolyn's Closet Rummage Sale Canceled

In order to ensure our volunteers and the general public remain safe during the current COVID-19 outbreak; our Carolyn’s Closet Rummage Sale is cancelled for 2020.  We look forward to resuming our annual rummage sale June 4th and 5th 2021 and will start accepting items in April 2021.

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!

Annual Terri Lynn Nut & Candy Fundraiser Starts in Mid-August

Photo of Teri Lynn Pecans BagIn mid-August we will begin sending out order forms for our fall Terry Lynn premium nuts and candies sale.  Delivery will be  in late October. 

If you are not on our nut mailing list but would like an order form, please check our webpage at, call us at 309-477-3044, or pick one up at the library during normal hours (starting in mid-August).

Thank you for your continued support of the Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society!

August 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 August issue of The Monthly.

Can you identify either of these photos?  Possibly brother & sister? Both photos were taken by Cole's Studio.  Part of the Gladys Wolfer collection.

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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