Peoria Public Library - Peoria, Illinois

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107 NE Monroe
Peoria, Illinois 61602-1070

The Local History & Genealogy Room

The Local History & Genealogy Room contains information in the following formats: print, maps, microfilm, and microfiche.  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 with your Peoria Public Library card.

Some of the contents found in this room are:


  • American Genealogical and Biographical Index
  • Atlases – atlases include some landowner and biographical information
  • 1873 Peoria County Atlas
  • 1896 Peoria County Atlas
  • Cemetery indexes
  • Current issues of society quarterlies (brown file cabinet, please ask a staff person for assistance)
  • Family Group Sheets  (brown file cabinet, please ask a staff person for assistance)
  • Family histories
  • Federal Census Index
  • Genealogy quarterlies and newsletters  - current year copies
  • Journals, magazines, and periodicals – such as the Illinois Historical Journal
  • Marriage records
  • Obituary indexes
  • Peoria City Directory (print from 1961 forward, earlier years are on microfilm)
  • Peoria history manuscripts (brown file cabinet, please ask a staff person for assistance)
  • Periodicals pertinent to Local History & Genealogy
  • Society quarterlies
  • WPA Manuscripts  (brown file cabinet, please ask a staff person for assistance)
  • Microfiche (Two gray cabinets with a contents index on top)
  • Includes family genealogies, vital records, county histories, diaries, and magazines

Microfilm (Several gray cabinets along the North wall)


  • Newspapers
  • Peoria newspapers
  • Peoria Journal Star and its predecessors
  • Chicago Tribune newspaper 1972 –
  • Peoria Labor newspapers  1900-2002
  • German language Peoria newspapers (see our library catalog for details)
  • Peoria Daily Record/Legal Record  1933-2000
  • Penny Press and Observer (see our library catalog for details)
  • Shooting Times  1960-1996
  • Selected county newspapers such as:
  • Princeville, Chillicothe, Brimfield, Glasford, Elmwood
  • (See our library catalog for details)
  • Other materials on microfilm are
  • 1880 and 1900 Illinois Soundex   (Soundex Index to the federal census for Illinois)
  • Adjutant General Index for Illinois for the Civil War, Mexican War, Black Hawk War, and Spanish American War
  • Census - Illinois State Census 1825-1865
  • Census - selected Illinois counties of Federal Censuses 1820 – 1930
  • New England Historical Genealogical Record (through v. 59), 1847 –1905
  • Official Records of the War of the Rebellion
  • Papers of Robert Ingersoll
  • Peoria City Directories from 1861—1960
  • Peoria Delinquent Tax records 1837 – 1910
  • Peoria Telephone books from 1923 – 1962
  • Shooting Times 1960-1996
  • Springdale Cemetery Index and Interment Records from 1857 – 1991

For your use, the equipment in the Local History and Genealogy Room includes:

  • computers for local history and genealogical research
  • microfilm and microfiche cabinets
  • microfilm/microfiche reader/copiers
  • photocopier (8.5”x11” paper, black and white copies only)
  • worktables

All copies from the computers, microfilm/microfiche reader/copiers, and the photocopier are $.10 per page.