Resources

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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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Disclaimer:  In no way do these links or descriptions represent a complete source citation.

Peoria County

The History of Peoria, Illinois, Charles Ballance 1870
https://play.google.com/books/reader?printsec=frontcover&output=reader&id=pRkVAAAAYAAJ&pg=GBS.PR2
or
https://archive.org/details/historyofpeoriai00ball

The History of Peoria County, Illinois…1880
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=j4w6AQAAIAAJ
or
https://archive.org/details/historyofpeoriac00john

Portrait Biographical Album of Peoria County, Illinois...Volume 2, 1890
https://play.google.com/books/reader?printsec=frontcover&output=reader&id=0E40AQAAMAAJ&pg=GBS.PA476
or
https://archive.org/details/portraitbiographi00biog

Historical Encyclopedia of IL and Peoria County, Vol 1, 1901 http://www.archive.org/stream/historicalency01bate#page/n7/mode/2up

Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Peoria County, Illinois, Vol 2, 1902
https://play.google.com/books/reader?printsec=frontcover&output=reader&id=tk00AQAAMAAJ&pg=GBS.PA385
or
http://www.archive.org/stream/cu31924092225568#page/n7/mode/2up

Peoria City and County, Illinois: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Col. Rice…Vol 1, 1912
http://books.google.com/books?id=VmcUAAAAYAAJ&source=gbs_slider_cls_metadata_7_mylibrary

1895 Peoria County Map
http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/IL/County/peoria.htm

Peoria County Clerk: Birth, Death, Marriage, Civil Union Records http://www.peoriacounty.org/countyclerk/vitalrec/

Peoria County GIS Map:
http://www.peoriacounty.org/gis/maprack/

Peoria County Recorder of Deeds:
http://peoriacounty.org/countyclerk/

Peoria County Records Inquiry
http://justice.peoriacounty.org/default.aspx

Peoria County Supervisor of Assessments Property Information https://apps.peoriacounty.org/assessor/(S(bm1zb3tizblvxwxxpaomumyz))/default.aspx

Peoria, Illinois Family History Center https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Peoria_Illinois_Family_History_Center

Family Search Peoria County, IL https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Peoria_County,_Illinois_Genealogy

Peoria County Genealogy Trails History Group http://genealogytrails.com/ill/peoria/

Illinois Ancestors Presents Peoria County http://www.peoriacountyillinois.info/index.html

Peoria County, Illinois GenWeb
http://peoria.illinoisgenweb.org/

Libraries, Archives, Depositories

PEORIA COUNTY

Alpha Park Library, Bartonville
www.alphapark.org

Bradley University Special Collections
http://www.bradley.edu/academic/lib/departments/special/

Brimfield Public Library District:
http://brimfieldlibrary.org/

Chillicothe Public Library District
http://www.chillicothepubliclibrary.org/

Dunlap Public Library District
http://www.dunlaplibrary.org/dev/

Lillie M Evans Library District, Princeville
www.lmelibrary.org

Morrison and Mary Wiley Library, Elmwood
http://www.elmwoodpubliclibrary.org/

Peoria Heights Library: Heights Herald & Diamond Jubilee Newspapers archives
http://peoriaheights.advantage-preservation.com/

Peoria Public Library Genealogists
http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/genealogists

Peoria Public Library Local History & Genealogy Collection
http://www.peoriapubliclibrary.org/local-history-and-genealogy 

Peoria Journal Star
www.pjstar.com

 

OTHER

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
http://www.illinois.gov/alplm/library/genealogy/Pages/default.aspx

Allen County Public Library 
http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/

Archives at Chicago
http://www.archives.gov/chicago/

Chronicling America
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

DAR Library
www.dar.org/library

Decatur Society Genealogical Library
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ildecgs/

Family Search
https://familysearch.org

Fold 3 
www.fold3.com (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
http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/main.php

Illinois Census Records Online
http://www.census-online.com/links/IL/

Illinois Digital Archives
http://www.idaillinois.org/

List of Illinois Libraries
http://www.illinois.gov/education/Pages/Libraries.aspx

lllinois Digital Newspaper Collections
idnc.library.illinois.edu

Illinois State Archives (IRAD)
www.cyberdriveillinois.com

Internet Archive
www.archive.org

JStor
jstor.org

Library of Congress
http://loc.gov

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
www.archives.gov

National Personnel Records Center (military)
www.archives.gov/st-louis/

Newberry Library
www.newberry.org 

University of Illinois Library
http://www.library.illinois.edu/ 

World Cat
www.worldcat.org

Organizations, Societies, Museums

PEORIA AREA

Chillicothe Historical Society
http://chillicothehistorical.org

Illinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society
http://www.imhgs.org

Peoria Children of American Revolution CAR
http://www.ildar.org/chapters/peoria/car.html

Peoria Daughters of American Revolution DAR
http://www.ildar.org/chapters/peoria/

Peoria High School Alumni
http://www.peoriahighalumni.org/

Peoria Historical Society
http://www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org/

Princeville Heritage Museum
http://princevilleheritagemuseum.com

Wheels of Time Museum
http://www.wheelsotime.org

Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society
http://www.tcghs.org
and Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/envisionthepast?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser

REGIONAL / STATE

Bureau of Land Management
www.glorecords.blm.gov

Historic Map Works
www.historicmapworks.com

History of the Great Lakes Website
www.envisionthepast.com
and Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/envisionthepast?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser

llinois Adoption Laws
http://www.newillinoisadoptionlaw.com/

Illinois County Boundaries 1790-Present
http://maps.ilgw.org/

Illinois DAR
http://www.ildar.org/

Illinois State Genealogical Society
www.ilgensoc.org

Illinois War of 1812 Society
http://illinois1812warsociety.org/

Map of US, Illinois
http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/

Dave Rumsey Map Collection
www.davidrumsey.com

Online Supports

Ancestry
www.ancestry.com

Billions Grave
billiongraves.com

Cyndi’s List
www.cyndislist.com

Find A Grave
www.findagrave.com

sep03

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])