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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

Mar 09

March Meeting

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

John Ackerman, Tazewell County Clerk & Recorder, will present a program entitled The Underground Railroad in Tazewell County., More…

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!

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!

Last Chance to Renew your Membership!

If you have already renewed for 2021, thanks for your continued support!

If you do want to renew for 2021 (or beyond), time is running out!

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

Folks who receive a mailed Monthly were given a bit of a grace period to allow for time for their dues to be mailed in but all members who have not renewd by March 1 will be dropped.

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

Cover - Cemetery Volume 3 - Fondulac & Hittle Townships

Cemetery Volume 3 – Listings of all known cemeteries in Fondulac & Hittle Townships (through July 2020), 360 pp, 8.5 x 11, softback.

Includes the following cemeteries:  Albrecht, Bariga, Boldoser, Camlin, Davin Burial Ground, Fondulac, Haedicke, Hainline, Hieronymous, Hittle, Hittle Grove, Lancaster, Mosiman, Oak View, Rinkenberger, and Schertz.

The 2nd edition is 360 pages – almost three times larger than the first edition!  Price is $36 including shipping.  Or, pick it up at the library for $30,

Highlights of the 2nd edition:

  • Genealogical information beyond what is on the stones was gathered from various sources such as death certificates, obits, etc.
  • Fondulac Cemetery – many more early burials found due to additional records being available.
  • Bariga & Rinkenberger Cemeteries – formerly lost & forgotten burial grounds added
  • Haedicke Cemetery – additional stones that had been discarded in woods many decades ago were discovered on Caterpillar property.
  • Boldoser-Davin Cemetery in Hittle Twp – an additional stone found in the woods

March 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 March 2021 issue of The Monthly:

South Pekin Grade 4 October 12, 1942. Can you name any of these children?
Do you know any details about this church confirmation class circa 1910-1915?

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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