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Tazewell County, Illinois
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Tazewell County, Illinois Facts

Tazewell County

When was Tazewell County, IL Created?
Tazewell County was established on January 31, 1827 from unorganized land and Fayette County. This county was named for Littleton Waller Tazewell (1774-1860), United States Senator from (and later governor of) Virginia.

What is the County Seat of Tazewell County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Pekin (prior county seats was Mackinaw from 1827–1831, Pekin from 1831–1836, Tremont from 1836–1849) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Tazewell County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Woodford County (north), McLean County (east), Logan County (south), Mason County (southwest), Fulton County (west), Peoria County (northwest)

What cities and towns are in Tazewell County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Delavan, East Peoria, Marquette Heights, Pekin, Washington, Armington, Creve Coeur, Deer Creek, Goodfield, Green Valley, Hopedale, Mackinaw, Minier, Morton, North Pekin, South Pekin, Tremont.

What Townships are in Tazewell County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Little Mackinaw, Hittle, Hopedale, Elm Grove, Fondulac, Groveland, Boynton, Cincinnati, Dillon, Deer Creek, Delavan, Pekin, Mackinaw, Malone, Morton, Spring Lake, Sand Prairie, Tremont, Washington.

Tazewell County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Tazewell County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Tazewell County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Tazewell County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Tazewell County, IL Census Records

What Tazewell County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Tazewell County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Tazewell Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Tazewell Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Tazewell Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Tazewell County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Tazewell County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Tazewell County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Tazewell County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Tazewell County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 4th and Court St., Pekin, IL 61554
  • Tazewell County Clerk maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County.
    • Phone: 309-477-2264
    • Marriage Records: 1827
    • Birth & Death Records: 1878
  • Tazewell County Recorder of Deeds serves the people of County by receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 309-477-2210
    • Land Records:1825
  • Tazewell County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 309-477-2214
    • Probate Records: 1827
    • Court Records: 1827
  • Tazewell County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Tazewell County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Tazewell County, IL?
A list of Tazewell County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Tazewell County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Tazewell County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Tazewell County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

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Tazewell Co. IL Military Records

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