Peoria County, Illinois

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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Peoria County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
 
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Peoria County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the[[IRAD - Western Illinois University|WIU IRAD Wiki page]].  
  
'''Online Resources''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/peoria.html Peoria County Probate Case Files Index, 1825-1887], courtesy: Illinois State Archives.  
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[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/peoria/probate_main.htm Probate Case Files Index, 1825-1887], courtesy: [http://genealogytrails.com/ Genealogy Trails].  
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Revision as of 21:41, 26 August 2011

Peoria County, Illinois
Map
Boundary map of Peoria County, Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 13, 1825
County Seat Peoria
Courthouse
Peoria County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Peoria County Courthouse
324 Main Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602
(309) 672-6070
Peoria County Website
  United States Gotoarrow.png Illinois Gotoarrow.png Peoria County

Contents

Peoria County Organization

Peoria County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Peoria County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1878 1825 1877 1830 1818 1825

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

Historical Facts

Peoria County is named for the Native American tribe called the Peorias which was originally one of the tribes from the Illinois confederacy.

Boundary Changes

  • 13 January 1825: Peoria County was created from Fulton County. County seat: Peoria [1]

Places / Localities

Neighboring Counties

Records and Resources

Biography

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

Cemeteries

Illinois 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.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190088,608
1910100,25513.1%
1920111,71011.4%
1930141,34426.5%
1940153,3748.5%
1950174,34713.7%
1960189,0448.4%
1970195,3183.3%
1980200,4662.6%
1990182,827−8.8%
2000183,4330.3%
2010186,4941.7%
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, Peoria County on page 188.]

Church Records

A brief history of Churches in Peoria County can be found on the Peoria County webpage of Illinois Ancestors. The website host has provided extracts from James Rice's 1912 history of the city and county of Peoria, Illinois.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Peoria

Court Records

  • 1825–1879 Circuit Court Case Files IRAD–WIU
  • 1825–1986 Circuit Court Index IRAD–WIU
  • 1858–1881 Justice of the Peace DocketsIRAD–WIU
  • 1885–1895 Circuit Court Master's Sale ReportsIRAD–WIU

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

History

Local Histories

  • Ballance, C. The History of Peoria, Illinois. Peoria, Ill.: Printed by N.C. Nason, 1870. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive.
  • The History of Peoria County, Illinois: containing a history of the Northwest, history of Illinois, history of the county, its early settlement, growth, development, resources, etc., etc., a sketch of its cities and towns, their improvements, industries, manufactories, churches, schools, etc., etc., a war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics, biographical sketches, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, map of Peoria County, Constitution of the United States, miscellaneous matters, tables, etc., etc.. Chicago: Johnson & Co., 1880. Digital version at Ancestry ($); Google Books; Internet Archive.
  • Portrait and Biographical Album Peoria County, Illinois. Chicago, IL, USA: Biographical Publishing, 1890. Digital version at Ancestry ($). Another Ancestry ($) version; Internet Archive.
  • McCulloch, David. Early Days of Peoria and Chicago: An Address Read before the Chicago Historical Society at a Quarterly Meeting Held January 19, 1904. Chicago: The Society, 1904. Digital version at Ancestry ($); Google Books; Internet Archive.
  • Bess, F. B. Eine populäre geschichte der stadt Peoria. Peoria, Ill.: unknown, 1906, c1905. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. English translation: (which includes some biographies): A Popular History of the City Peoria. Digital version of translation at Illinois Ancestors Presents Peoria County.
  • Rice, James M. Peoria, City and County, Illinois: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress, and Achievement. Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1912. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books.
  • Slane, Odillon B. Reminiscences of Early Peoria: Including Indian Stories. Peoria, Ill.: Priv. print., 1933. Digital version at Ancestry ($); World Vital Records ($).

Land and Property

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Peoria County land and property may be found in the FHLC and FHLC–maps. Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Peoria 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 Peoria County.

- 17th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and B.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 53rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 77th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, E, F, G, I and K.
- 82nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company E.
- 86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies C, D, H, I and K.

Naturalization

Newspapers and Obituaries

Poor Farms

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Western Illinois University (WIU) - search for Peoria County records. For information on how to use IRAD see theWIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Abstracts

Copies of original records

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Peoria County probates may be found in the Illinois, Peoria – Probate topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.


Repositories

County Courthouse

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

Family History Centers

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Western Illinois University houses the records for Peoria County.

Public Libraries

School Records

  • 1896–1943 School teacher's daily registers IRAD–WIU

Social Groups Online

Societies

Taxation

Vital Records

Births

Marriages

Deaths

Additional Resources

Additional resources for Peoria County births, marriages and deaths may be found in the Illinois, Peoria – Vital Records topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Copies of books found in the FHLC may be found in WorldCat catalog and ordered from your local library through interlibrary loan. Explore how to search the Family History Library Catalog and the Worldcat Online Catalog.

Web Sites

References

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