Tazewell County, Illinois Genealogy

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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
Address McKenzie Building, 2nd Floor
4th and Court Streets
Pekin, IL 61554
Website: www.tazewell.com
Named for: Lyttleton W. Tazewell

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Tazewell County Information

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


The county was named for Lyttleton W. 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

Records and Resources


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

1861-1862 Militia Roll Record - IRAD-ISU

1864-1949 Military Discharge Record IRAD-ISU. Also available at the Family History Library {{FHL|492763|item|disp= 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

  • 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.

- 31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 44th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and K.
- 73rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 85th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and E.
- 86th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 94th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 100th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.


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

1867-1888Naturalization 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


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 Centers
Archives and Libraries

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

Societies and Libraries

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

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

1827-1922 Marraige Record IRAD-ISU


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).