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

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PO Box 312
Pekin, Illinois 61555-0312

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Tuesday Friday
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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

Feb 14

February Meeting

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

Tiffany Tebben White, Executive Director of the The Dirksen Congressional Center, will present a program Seeing Red: Harold Velde and the House Unamerican Activities Committee, Lessons About the Cold War Era More…

A Historical Tidbit is a
short Tazewell County related article.
It could be a 5 or 6 page story but could be as simple as a
family photo, letter, or document.

If you have a Tazewell County related article, photo, letter, or document you’d like to share, here’s how to make a submission.

Here's the latest ten additions & modifications:

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If you have a
Tazewell County related
article, photo, letter, or document
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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 due to inclement weather and, recently, worldwide pandemics) – if in doubt, call us at 309 477-3044 before leaving home.  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.  Many of our meetings may be attended virtually via Zoom - again, the public is welcome!

But we do encourage you to consider joining the Society - annual dues are just $25 for an individual or $28 for a family (two individuals living at same address).  Here's how to join!

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

Don't Forget to Renew your Membership!

If you have already renewed for 2023, thanks for your continued support!

If you do want to renew for 2023 (or beyond), it's that time of the year again!

You can download a renewal application to renew by mail. Or, you can renew online using our shopping cart.

If you choose to not renew, please be aware that your Members Only Access and electronic Monthly Newsletter subscription expired at the end of 2022.  Folks who receive a mailed Monthly are given a bit of a grace period to allow for time for their dues to be mailed in but will expire after the March issue is mailed.

Again, thanks for helping us continue to gather and preserve Tazewell County documents and research materials.

Tazewell County Veterans of World War II Remembrances
Buy One - Get One Free Sale!

Cover - Tazewell County Veterans of WWII RemembrancesThe Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society believed that conserving our World War II veteran’s experiences was so important that in 2007 we recorded many of the Tazewell County veteran’s stories to preserve for future generations.  Hundreds of veterans shared their unique experiences–many for the first time!

You’ll relive with  “ordinary” men and women how their amazing sacrifices during these extraordinary times forged the values that made our people and nation great!  No wonder they have been christened The Greatest Generation!

Hundreds of these memories were selected and published in an approximately 500 page 8.5″ x 11″ book entitled Tazewell County Veterans of World War II Remembrances.  The book has a high quality, long-lasting library binding.  Pictures of many of the veterans were included with their stories.

Many of these valiant men and women have since passed away.  Now, through February 28, you can get 2 copies of the book for the original price of just one - $33 delivered to your home!  Get yours today before they are gone!

Limited Inventory of
Terri Lynn Nuts Still Available!

As of 1/11, we had the following items still in stock: Pecan Halves, Pecan Pieces, Light Walnuts, Pistachios, Milk Chocolate Raisins, Milk Chocolate Almonds, Milk Chocolate Peanuts, Dark Chocolate Almonds, Dark Chocolate Cranberries, and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels.  Here's the price list.  Make your selection and call the library or send us an email with your list.  We'll keep it aside for your pickup for two days before returning the items to stock.

Items availability subject to change!  Order quickly! - there are limited quantities - when they are gone they are gone!

Thanks for your continued support!

February 2023 Mystery Photos Posted!

Unfortunately, we have many photographs in our collection that are undated with unnamed persons taken at an unknown locations.  We have dubbed these as our Mystery Photo Collection  This month we pass the 100 Mystery Photos milestone!

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 February 2023 issue of The Monthly:

Photo taken before 1975. Joseph Logan Umland is the third man from left, receiving the award. What was the award? Who are the others in the photo and where was it taken?
Vogel’s Market - Virgil Vogel & Lish Davis are at left. Who are the women and when was the photo taken?

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 all the Mystery Photos we have posted in the past!  Perhaps you can identify one of them.

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