Peoria Public Library - Peoria, Illinois

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107 NE Monroe
Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070
1-309-497-2000

The Genealogical Collection

The Genealogical Collection includes indexes, bibliographies, magazines, books, microfiche, and microfilm.  Please check the library’s catalog for specific titles.  If we don’t have the specific title that you are looking for, remember that we can Inter-Library Loan most items through your Peoria Public Library card.

For a specific question about either collection

  • Visit us at the Main Library(Lower Level One) located in downtown Peoria
  • We are open from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday - Saturday
  • Email inquiries are at Ask A Librarian
  • Mail inquiries are sent to:  Genealogy, Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe ST, Peoria, IL  61602

How to start

  • Talk to older living relatives and gather information from them
  • Look for family bibles, letters, and other papers
  • Write down information about yourself, your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, and so on
  • Include dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths
  • Once people are associated with a certain time and place, look for records in that area
  • Peoria Public Library staff can assist patrons in finding specific materials to aid in their research

Getting Started Bookcase

  • County Courthouse addresses
  • Family name origins
  • LDS (Latter-Day-Saints) reference book
  • Materials to help you start your research
  • National Archives books

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