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Revision as of 13:40, 16 August 2011

Tazewell County, Illinois
Boundary map of Tazewell County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: January 31, 1827
County Seat Pekin
Tazewell County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Tazewell County Courthouse
McKenzie Building, 2nd Floor
4th and Court Streets
Pekin, IL 61554
(309) 477-2264
Tazewell County Website


Template:Illinois-stubUnited States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Tazewell County

Tazewell County Organization

Tazewell County's civil records start the following years:

                                     Beginning Dates for Tazewell County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Tazewell County are kept, see the Tazewell County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts

Littleton Tazewell.jpg
The county was named for Lyttleton Waller Tazewell, and iminent lawyer, Governor, Representative in Congress, and United States Senator from Virginia

Parent County

  • 1827--Tazewell County was created 31 January 1827 from Sangamon County.  County seat: Pekin [1]

Boundary Changes

1825-1827 Peoria

1821-1825 Sangamon

1817-1821 Bond

1812-1821 Madison

1790-1812 St. Clair

1790-1801 Knox. Northwest Territory

See an interactive map of Tazewell County boundary changes.

Records and Resources


The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Tazewell County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Tazewell County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Tazewell and Mason Counties, Illinois  (Internet Archive)

Tazewell County Biography   (WorldCat)


Cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries,names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
IL Counties 1900-1990

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Tazewell County on page 188.]

Church Records

Court Records

1837-1859 Circuit Court Dockets IRAD-ISU

Court Records Available at the Family History Library

1862-1926 Guardian's Records. Tazewell County Court. FHL 1315597 Items 2-4 First of 10 films. Index included.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Land and Property

1850-1863 Swamp Land Record IRAD-ISU

Land Records available through the Family History Library

1824-1920 Deed Records Tazewell County Recorder FHL 1314784 first film of 51. Index included

1827-1871 Deed Records. Tazewell County recorder. FHL Collection

Local Histories

  • Early History of Washington, Illinois and Vicinity. Washington, Ill.: Tazewell County Reporter, 1929. Digital version at Ancestry ($).


Military Records

Revolutionary War

Veteran Burials (Genealogy Trails History Group)

War of 1812

Military Land Grants Tazewell Coutny Illinois for Soldiers of the War of  1812 - USGenWeb

Blackhawk War

Captain John G. Adams' Company - USGenWeb

Captain Jacob M. Farley's Company - USGenWeb

Indian Wars

Military Land Grants in Tazewell County Illinois for Soldiers of the Indian Wars - USGenWeb

Mexican War

Comapny G Fourth Illinois Volunteers - USGenWeb

Civil War

Civil War service men from Tazewell County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Tazewell County.


-3rd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company B.
-4th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company H.
-11th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company F, and Company H.


-8th Regiment, (3months) Illinois Infantry, Company F.
-8th Regiment, (3 years) Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, and  Company K.
-47th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B, and Company E.
- 73rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, and Company E.
- 86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 94th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.
-108th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A, Company B, and Company K.
-115th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
-139th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
-146th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
-148th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
-152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company D.

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR)

A list of GAR Post in Illinois an additional site for post in Illinois; Library of Congress

Delavan Post, Delavan 1913 - USGenWeb

Joe Hanna Post, Pekin 1913 - USGenWeb

John Hunter Post, Minier 1913 - USGenWeb

1861-1862 Militia Roll Record - IRAD-ISU

1864-1949 Military Discharge Record IRAD-ISU. Also available at the Family History Library FHL film 1689000 and 1689001

Available at the Family History Library

1864-1891 Soldier's Discharge. Tazewell County Recorder. FHL Film 1314942 Items 3-4

1883 Tazewell County Pensioners List -USGenWeb

World War I

World War I Draft Registration Cards,  1917-1918   (Ancestry)

World War II

Army Casualties Part 1    (U.S. National Archives and Records Administation)

Army Casualties Part 2     (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)


1839-1892 Naturalization Declarations of Intent, Circuit Court IRAD-ISU

1866-1903 Naturalization Declarations of Intent, County Court IRAD-ISU. Also available at the Family History Library FHL film 1689032-1689034

1856-1906 Naturalization Papers, County Court IRAD-ISU

1867-1888 Naturalization Record of Soldietrs and Minors, Circuit Court IRAD-ISU

1903-1906 Naturalization Record, County Court IRAD - ISU

1858-1886 Naturlaizatrion Record, Final, Circuit Court IRAD-ISU

1876-1903 Naturalization Record, Final, County Court IRAD-ISU

Naturalization Records available at Family History Library

1839-1906 Naturalization Records. Tazewell County Court.FHL films 1315943 Items 2-4 and 1315944

1856-1906 Naturalization Papers, Declarations of Intent, Tazewell County Clerk. FHL film 1689032-1689034

1839-1909 Tazewell County, Illinois Naturalization and Immigration Records. by Christal E. Dagit FHL fiche 6004596

Newspapers and Obituaries

Newspapers Published in Tazewell County(Illinois Newspaper Project)

Chronicling American(Library of Congress)


GenealogyBank had Historical Newspapers 1690-2007

Probate Records

1912-1924 Probate Record IRAD-ISU

Probate records available at the Family History Library

1827-1923 Probate Records. Tazewell County Court. FHL film 1315947 First of 25 films. Includes index

1830-1924 Will Records Tazewell County Court. FHL film 1315938 first film of 8. Includes indexes.


County Courthouse

Family History Center

FamilySearch Centers   (Family History Library)

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

Illinois State Universtiy (ISU)
2016 Warehouse Road Campus
Box 1520
Normal, Illinois 61802
Phone: 309-452-6027

Illinois Regional Archives Depository System - Local Governmental Records Listings Arranged by County

Public Libraries

Tazewell County Public Libraries   (Public Libraries Libraries Directory)

Social Groups Online


Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society was established in 1978 with the following mission: "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 [Tazewell County] heritage." We currently (2011) have about 400 members.

Our library (the Ehrlicher Research Center) is located at 719 N Eleventh Street in Pekin, Illinois. The library is open Monday 9 am-1 pm, Tuesday 9 am-1 pm and 7-9 pm, Wednesday 9 am-4:30 pm, Thursday-Friday 9 am-1 pm, and Sunday 2-4:30 pm central time (closed on holidays and holiday weekends). We will also try to open at other times by advance appointment.

Our collection currently contains over 5000 volumes including family histories; county histories; atlases; cemetery books; marriage books, census records, newspapers on microfilm; funeral home records; surname card file; surname correspondence files; obituary index; church directories; historic photo collection; research publications from surrounding counties of McDonough, Fulton, McLean, Mason, Menard,and Peoria as well as other Illinois counties and other states; Civil War Records including "The War of the Rebellion. A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 128 Volumes. Washington. 1882-1900". Our German collection including a complete set of "Germans to American" and Ostrfriesland OSB books is one the largest in the state of Illinois.

We also offer research services for those that can't make the trip to our library.Web Sites


Vital Records

Order Birth and Death Certificates Online

Vital Records ( years vary; birth, marriage and death) available at Family History Library FHL Film 13314681 - 1314690

1904-1964 Cornoner's Inquest. Tazewell County Coroner. FHL film 1688998-1689000


1858-1916 Birth Record Index IRAD-ISU

1877-1916 Birth Record IRAD-ISU


1827-1922 Marriage Record Index IRAD-ISU

1827-1835 Early Marriages of Tazeewell County - USGenWeb

1827-1922 Marraige Record IRAD-ISU

Early Marriages in Tazewell County   (Internet Archives)


1877-1954 Death Record Index IRAD-ISU

1877-1914 Death Record IRAD-ISU

1915-1934 Death Record, Coroner's IRAD-ISU

1869-1964 Corner's Inquest Record IRAD-ISU

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Databases Pertinent to Tazewell County
Local Governmental Records Database
Name Index to Illinois Local Governments
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index
Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916–1950
Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
Federal Township Plats of Illinois


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).