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.

Here's the details!

Upcoming Events

Oct 10

October Meeting

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Steve Gossard, Circus Historian, will present: The Illinois Circus Connection More…

Nov 14

November Meeting

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

Local author Ken Zurski will present An Author’s Journey from
the Columbia to the History Channel & More Tales of the Unremembered

Dec 12

Christmas Pot Luck

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Potluck dinner at the library.   We will provide place settings and drinks. More details to be announced. More…

Jan 08

January Meeting

January 8, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our annual Show & Tell meeting!  Bring a family story, artifact, or research problem to share! 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:

Browse entire
Historical Tidbits

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

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!

Annual Terri Lynn Nut & Candy Sale has Started!
Place your Order Today!

Photo of Teri Lynn Pecans BagOur fall Terri Lynn premium nuts and candies sale has started!!  With products that range from Dark Chocolate Cranberries to Giant Pecans to Deluxe Mixed Nuts, you are sure to find the perfect item for snacks, baking, and holiday gifts! 

Terri Lynn has added Pumpkin Spice Pecans this year!  Mammoth pecan halves with naturally flavored pumpkin spice seasonings paired with a sweet and crunchy coating—unlike anything you'll find at a typical grocery or convenience store.

Download, look over, and fill out your order form now.  Not online?  Call us at 309-477-3044, or pick a form up at the library during normal hours.

Orders with payment should be in by October 6.  Delivery will be  in late October.  No orders will be processed until payment has been received!

We will only be placing one order this year so there will be very little unordered stock left over.  So, if you want nuts this season, please make your order now!  There will be no follow-up orders!

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

Shelving Donation Matching Gift Available!

For the past forty-five years Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society has provided the public and membership a place to research local & family history – currently we have over 14,000 books, microfilm records, family histories, as well as local & family photographs. Through many kind donations over the years, our shelves are literally "bursting at the seams".

So, we have decided to upgrade our static book shelving to high-capacity mobile shelving, allowing us to utilize the space formerly lost to the aisles between our fixed shelving units – almost doubling our linear shelving space.  As you can imagine, this is a very expensive endeavor, committing much of our long-term funds.

Current Shelving
Current Shelving
After will resemble this
After will resemble this

Fortunately, a local couple has generously stepped forward, committing to matching all donations from the public & membership, up to $30,000.

Please note this is a 100% matching gift – we only receive the pledged $30,000 from our angel donors when we have in an additional $30,000 in matching donations.  In other words, $30000 or Bust!

So far we have raised $10,000 towards our $30,000 goal! That‘s 33% of the total!

With your kind donations, we hope to soon complete our funding. As a 501(c}3 non-profit, all your donations are tax deductible.  We are an all-volunteer organization which receives no Federal, State, or County government funding.

Donations can be made online, in person at the library, or by mail.  Please indicate your donation is to be used for our Building fund.  Also, also note if you wish to remain anonymous.

If we can get donations of $30,000,
every dollar will be matched.

Thank you for your support!

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October 2023 Mystery Photos Posted!

sUnfortunately, 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 October 2023 issue of The Monthly:

Boys with sticks - taken 1910-1914. Oscar Winkel is 3rd from left. Who are the others?
Taken at Tazewell County Court House, December 1959. Can you identify them?

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.

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, 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!

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