This list of links is not meant to be everything you ever needed to know. Instead PCGS hopes to give you some ideas of where you might go for help in your research. Our focus is Peoria County.

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Peoria County

The History of Peoria, Illinois, Charles Ballance 1870

The History of Peoria County, Illinois…1880

Portrait Biographical Album of Peoria County, Illinois...Volume 2, 1890

Historical Encyclopedia of IL and Peoria County, Vol 1, 1901

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Peoria County, Illinois, Vol 2, 1902

Peoria City and County, Illinois: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Col. Rice…Vol 1, 1912

1895 Peoria County Map

Peoria County Clerk: Birth, Death, Marriage, Civil Union Records

Peoria County GIS Map:

Peoria County Recorder of Deeds:

Peoria County Records Inquiry

Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments Property Information

Peoria, Illinois Family History Center

Family Search Peoria County, IL,_Illinois_Genealogy

Peoria County Genealogy Trails History Group

Illinois Ancestors Presents Peoria County

Peoria County, Illinois GenWeb

Libraries, Archives, Depositories


Alpha Park Library, Bartonville

Bradley University Special Collections

Brimfield Public Library District:

Chillicothe Public Library District

Dunlap Public Library District

Lillie M Evans Library District, Princeville

Morrison and Mary Wiley Library, Elmwood

Peoria Heights Library: Heights Herald & Diamond Jubilee Newspapers archives

Peoria Public Library Genealogists

Peoria Public Library Local History & Genealogy Collection 

Peoria Journal Star



Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Allen County Public Library

Archives at Chicago

Chronicling America

DAR Library

Decatur Society Genealogical Library

Family Search

Fold 3 (even if you don’t have a paid membership, you can access the War of 1812 records as they are finished)

Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project

Illinois Census Records Online

Illinois Digital Archives

List of Illinois Libraries

lllinois Digital Newspaper Collections

Illinois State Archives (IRAD)

Internet Archive


Library of Congress

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

National Personnel Records Center (military)

Newberry Library 

University of Illinois Library 

World Cat

Organizations, Societies, Museums


Chillicothe Historical Society

Illinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society

Peoria Children of American Revolution CAR

Peoria Daughters of American Revolution DAR

Peoria High School Alumni

Peoria Historical Society

Princeville Heritage Museum

Wheels of Time Museum

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society
and Facebook page


Bureau of Land Management

Historic Map Works

History of the Great Lakes Website
and Facebook page

llinois Adoption Laws

Illinois County Boundaries 1790-Present

Illinois DAR

Illinois State Genealogical Society

Illinois War of 1812 Society

Map of US, Illinois

Dave Rumsey Map Collection

Online Supports


Billions Grave

Cyndi’s List

Find A Grave


1888 Census of Peoria Township and the City of Peoria was taken between March 1, 1888 and March 20, 1888. The Peoria Township population was 37,472 and the population within the corporate limits of the City of Peoria was 35,452 (Gerald B Franks, census taker, pg 393 of 1888 Peoria Census).

The 1888 Peoria Census was copied in 1984 by PCGS volunteers H. Dorothy Kramer & Arleen Smith. Alice A Brophy digitized the 1888 Peoria Census in 2010.

The button below will take you to the index. The complete 1888 Peoria Census is available on the PCGS member's only Passport, at the Peoria Public Library Local History/Genealogy Holdings, or the PCGS records researcher can provide you that information for a donation. Just click on the Need Research Help green button.

1888 Peoria Township Census Index

This is an index of household names for the 1888 Peoria Township Census.

To get full census information, become a PCGS member, visit the Peoria  Public Library downtown branch, lower level 1, or contact the PCGS researcher.

 Members have access to the full 1888 Peoria Township Census on the members only Passport. 

Become a member today to get full access to this, and other information!

 The 1888 Peoria Township Census index is split up in groups by last name of the household listed in the census:

A-D - E-J - K-O - P-T - U-Z

(Search PDFs when open using Ctrl-F [PC] or Command-F [Mac])