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- 107 NE Monroe
Peoria, Illinois 61602
Hours and holidays: Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Holidays.
Map, directions, and public transportation
- from the north (Akron, IL) on IL-40: Turn onto N State Route 40/IL-40 toward Peoria. IL-40 becomes N Knoxville Ave, 7.1 mi. Stay straight to go onto Fayette St, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto NE Monroe St, 0.1 mi. 107 NE MONROE ST is on the right.
- from the east (Bloomington, IL) on I-74: Merge onto I-74 W toward Peoria. Take the IL-29/US-24/Adams St exit, EXIT 93, toward Jefferson Ave/Downtown Peoria, 0.2 mi. Merge onto Spalding Ave/IL-29, 0.09 mi. Take the 1st left onto NE Jefferson Ave/US-24 W/IL-29. Continue to follow NE Jefferson Ave/US-24 W, 0.2 mi. Turn right onto Hamilton Blvd, 0.2 mi. Take the 2nd left onto NE Monroe St. 0.05 mi. 107 NE MONROE ST is on the right.
- from the south (Lincoln, IL) on I-155: Merge onto I-155 N toward Peoria/Hartsburg. Merge onto I-74 W via the exit on the left toward Peoria, 7.9 mi. Take the IL-29/US-24/Adams St exit, EXIT 93, toward Jefferson Ave/Downtown Peoria, 0.2 mi. Merge onto Spalding Ave/IL-29, 0.09 mi. Take the 1st left onto NE Jefferson Ave/US-24 W/IL-29. Continue to follow NE Jefferson Ave/US-24 W, 0.2 mi. Turn right onto Hamilton Blvd, 0.2 mi. Take the 2nd left onto NE Monroe St. 0.05 mi. 107 NE MONROE ST is on the right.
- from the west (Galesburg, IL) on I-74: Merge onto I-74 E toward Peoria. Take EXIT 92B toward IL-40 S/Glen Oak Avenue/Downtown Peoria, 0.3 mi. Merge onto N Knoxville Ave, 0.1 mi. Stay straight to go onto Fayette St, 0.4 mi. Turn right onto NE Monroe St, 0.1 mi. 107 NE MONROE ST is on the right.
- Public transportation: Peoria bus routes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, and 14 stop within two or three blocks of the Peoria Public Library Main branch.
Internet sites and databases:
- Peoria Public Library hours, research, using the library, events, e-books, friends, contact us,
- RSAcat online catalog by keyword, title, author, subject, or ISBN. Also available in WorldCat.
They enjoy a large genealogy and local history department, including many indexes, DAR files, and basic genealogy resources for the plains states. Their subscription databases include Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, Digital Sanborn Maps, Historic Map Works, Peoria Journal Star obituaries 1991-present, and ProQuest Newsstand (300+ newspapers).
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Peoria Public Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
- Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.
- National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Illinois and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.
- Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.
- Arlington Heights Memorial Library a huge collection, with printed genealogies, manuscripts, periodicals, newspapers, special aids, surname folders—a great overall genealogy collection.
- Chicago Public Library reference books, how-to-guides, histories, biographies.
- Lincoln Library, Springfield, indexed obituaries, city directories, the Sangamon Valley Collection has photos, yearbooks, histories, and maps for studying Sangamon and surrounding counties.</ref>
- Urbana Free Library their strength is Champaign County history, but they have good basic genealogy for the entire United States including printed genealogies, manuscripts, family folders.</ref>
- Peoria County Clerk births, marriages, and deaths online
- Peoria County Clerk of the Circuit Court recent probates, civil, criminal records.
- Peoria County Recorder of Deeds land records, military discharge DD-214s.
- Peoria County Coroner suspicious or unusual deaths.
- U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois recent civil and criminal court records.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Fulton, Knox, Marshall, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.
- Illinois Dept. of Health Vital Records, Springfield, birth, marriage, death, adoption, and divorces.
- Illinois State Archives, Springfield, county/state records, pre-Chicago fire sources, indexed vital records, early land grants, military records, all fed/state censuses, surname card index.
- Illinois State Library, Springfield, state/federal records, federal censuses to 1920, plat books, IL county histories, Sanborn fire insurance maps, Rev. War pensions and bounty land warrants.</ref>
- Illinois State Genealogical Society, Springfield, research guidance, teaching via webinars and the ISGS blog for free, death certificates 1916-1947 for a fee. No research requests.
- Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), Springfield, HQ of 7 regional archives of local Illinois county/town records: birth, marriage, death, land, tax, voting reg., probate, naturalization, civil & criminal court, coroner, poorhouse. For Peoria County see IRAD-Western Illinois University.
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, genealogy, plat maps, atlases, oral and county history, cemeteries, census, vital records, naturalizations in many counties.
- Chicago History Museum 20 million manuscripts, letters, certificates, diaries, genealogy charts, log books, journals, memoirs, minutes, muster rolls, scrapbooks, sermons, speeches, and telegrams.
- Chicago Title and Trust for a fee they will search property records prior to the Chicago fire.
- John A. Logan College Library, Carterville, this library is a focal point of Southern Illinois genealogy. Their collection is huge.</ref>
- Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, 45,000 military history books, unit histories, photos, uniforms, equipment, insignia, and ships of many world militaries. They help genealogists.
- South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, Hazel Crest, a very good collection with local histories, genealogies, naturalizations, Pullman Car Works personnel, obituaries, church histories.
- Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Lovejoy Library best library in southern IL with a large genealogical collection of newspapers, biographies, county histories, family folders, and maps.</ref>
- Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Rock Island, IL, Swedish church records, census, passenger lists, lodges, newspapers, directories.
- University of Chicago Library plentiful historical records, including Durrett Collection of historical Kentucky and Ohio River Valley manuscripts of early people in the Ohio Valley.
- University of Illinois at Chicago, biography, periodicals, newspapers, oral history, ethnic studies.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Main Library one of the best book collections in America, including county histories, and farmers registers. Think of it as another archives for Illinois.</ref>
- Asher Library, Chicago, Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies 500,000 books, and films.
- Brethren Historical Library and Archives, Elgin, IL, cultural, socio-economic, theological, genealogical, and institutional history of the Brethren.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives, Elk Grove Village, IL, serves historians, congregations, synods, genealogists and others interested in Lutheran history.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago Archives parish records, priest biographies, sacramental, school, or orphanage records.
- Repositories in surrounding states: Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin
- National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), St. Louis, MO, military and civil services personnel records. For servicemen and servicewomen discharged from 1912 to 1953. 
- Polish Genealogical Society of America, Milwaukee, WI, 60,000 books on Polish history, art, culture, reference.