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
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.

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Upcoming Events

Annual Carolyn’s Closet Rummage Sale. Donations drop off begins Friday, April 22. More…

Annual Carolyn’s Closet Rummage Sale. Donations drop off begins Friday, April 22. More…

Jun 13

June Meeting

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Corey Curtis will discuss The Abolition movement and Underground Railroad in Peoria. More…

An Underground Railroad recognition ceremony is being held at the Tazewell County Courthouse to recognize Tremont resident Peter Logan who was the first formerly enslaved person to own land in Tazewell County. 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:

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.

But we 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 here on is to review our website map.  Thanks for stopping by!

Carolyn's Closet Rummage Sale Back for 2022!

After succumbing to COVID for the past couple of years, Carolyn's Closet Rummage Sale returns for 2022!

The sale will be Friday, June, 3, 2022 – 8am-5pm and Saturday, June 4, 2022 – 8am-3pm.

Start saving items to donate for our annual “Carolyn’s Closet” rummage sale—please no electronics or clothing!  Hardbound & paperback books are welcomed.

Members and friends are asked to drop off donations during library hours beginning Friday, April 22 through Wednesday, June 1.  All proceeds go to further the society’s collection.  At the end of the sale, we always donate any remaining items to other local organizations.

May 2022 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 2022 issue of The Monthly:

Photo was taken in the summer of 1945 inside the Tazewell County Courthouse – note the 48-star flag on the wall. The only identified person is in the back row, far right, with George Washington looking over his shoulder – Eldon E Rynerson (1927-2003) of South Pekin. Eldon was just 18 and working at Corn Products Company when he filled out his draft card. By the time he was through basic training the war was over. He spent his Army years stationed in Paris working to rebuild infrastructure. When he returned home, he went to work for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. Can you identify any of the other men?
Pekin Union Mission Sunday School Class photo taken in the 1920s. The teacher is Henry Frederick Johannes, who taught Sunday School at the Mission for 35 years. Only the boy in the back row far right is known: Louis Charles Zuckweiler. Who are the others?

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.

Asking for Submissions for
Green Valley Sesquicentennial Book!

The Green Valley Sesquicentennial Book Committee is collecting information for a new book celebrating the One Hundred and Fifty Year Anniversary of Green Valley including both Malone and Sand Prairie Townships. A rich history of settlement, farming, and family history comes from these two townships.

The plan is to bring forward history from the 125th Celebration Book of Green Valley to the present 150th Celebration. The 125th Celebration was very thorough and detailed and covered a lot of the history of the community. [There's still a few of the 125th Celebration Book available!]

The 150th year book will include the Green Valley Sesquicentennial Celebration of August 2022 so it will not be published until after August 2022.  The Committee is asking for current and former Green Valley citizens to submit articles that “Enhance the History of Green Valley Through Your Family Story”.

In addition to updating information from the former Green Valley histories, new topics will be added such as a history of street names, histories of some of the older homes, grain elevators, railroad, and the orphan train.

Elder and former residents of Green Valley are being interviewed.  So far, a centenarian as well as a number of 80+ and 90+ year-olds are contributing their memories and information about growing up in the Green Valley area.

If you have additional contributions or questions, the Sesquicentennial Book Committee of Green Valley may be contacted at 

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