Ancestry IN LIBRARY USE ONLY – You must be at the Pekin Public Library to utilize this resource. Ancestry® Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Search these online sources from home:

heritageHeritage Quest Database
Includes US Federal Census, 1790-1940,  Revolutionary War Pension Applications, books and articles regarding genealogy & local histories.

tazgenTazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society
Local source for information on Tazewell County, including family histories

ellisEllis Island Records
Tips and free forms for genealogy research.  Find information about Ellis Island and immigrant experiences, search for passengers, and link to more genealogy websites.

soldiersCivil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
National Park Service’s searchable database of more than 230,000 individuals who served during the Civil War for both the Union and Confederate armies.  Some history of regiments, battles,  prisoner-of-war and cemetery records also available.

United States FlagNational Archives and Records Administration
Resources for family research including census records, passenger lists, and military records.  Opportunity to search online databases.  Determine what federal paper records are available for in-person research at archival facilities across the US.

illgenIllinois Genealogy Web Project
Organized by IL county: contents include contact information and links for vital records, local genealogical societies in IL, early pension records, maps, tombstone inscriptions, etc.  Links also to the national volunteer project.

state sealIllinois State Archives – Genealogical Research
Learn how and where Illinois state and county agencies store birth, marriage and death records.  Information concerning research at the Illinois State Archives is provided.   Free access to digital images of genealogical records. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the primary benefactor for FamilySearch services.


find-a-grave contains photos of grave markers from around the U.S. which have been taken by volunteers.   Owned by, this site contains multiple links to other sites and many ads, as well as photos and information about cemeteries across the country.
A subscription-based genealogy website with over 8 billion genealogy records and more than 31 million user-submitted family trees.   Ancestry also contains several hundred free databases.  A free account-not a free trial- is required for viewing these databases.  Some databases require registration to do more than just view information.