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

Contact Us

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.

Here's the details!

Upcoming Events

Nov 09

November Meeting

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

Joe Hutchinson, current Department Commander of the Department of Illinois, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will present Civil War Uniform Identification and How to Find Records for your Civil War Ancestor  More…

Dec 14

Christmas Pot Luck

December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Potluck dinner at the library.   Bring a dish to share. We will provide place settings and drinks. 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 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!

Membership Dues are Changing!

TCGHS dues have not been raised since 2006.  Unfortunately, many of the the society's expenses (paper, postage, utilities, etc.) have doubled (sometimes tripled) in the last 15 years.

Reluctantly, the membership voted at the August meeting to increase dues starting in 2022 as follows:

Regular Family Charter Charter Family
$25 $28 $20 $25

Any new member joining after September 30th will be enrolled as a 2022 member.

We thank you for your past support!

November 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 November 2021 issue of The Monthly:

1946 State Championship photo of the Pekin Grays baseball team.. The man standing 2nd from right is Frank L. Trumpy. Can you identify anyone else?
Photo of the Pekin Grays baseball team sometime in the 1940's. Photo was donated to us by Beth Rosenberg Zweig. Frank L Trumpy is 4th from the left of the standing players. 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 the Mystery Photos we have posted over the past several months!  Perhaps you can identify one of them.

The Monthly Newsletter
1978-2010 Issues
Surname Index Added!

Since the Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society was founded in 1978, the Society has published a newsletter every month—simply titled The MonthlyThe Monthly contains society news & events, historical articles, family histories, newspaper transcriptions, photos,  obits, queries, etc.

We have created a searchable index  containing every surname mentioned in the 1978-2010 issues of The Monthly.  Additional years will be added in the future.

Back issues of The Monthly are available for purchase or we also have a copy service if you only want a few pages.

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