Thursday, September 12, 2013

Society Spotlight: Peoria County Genealogical Society

PCGSThe Peoria County Genealogical Society (PCGS) in Peoria, Illinois, was organized in April 1973 with the purpose of preserving, perpetuating, and replicating the records of our ancestors, with Peoria County, Illinois being the primary area of concern. Charter membership was closed on the first day of June 1973 with a total of 70 members. In June 2013, the Society celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Currently there are about 200 members. A regular membership is $19/year ($17/year for seniors) and entitles you to their magazine Prairie Roots, the PCGS newsletter, and discounts on society publications. For more information, visit the Join Us! page on their website.

Society meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month (except July, August, and December) at 6:30 PM at the North Branch of the Peoria Public Library located at 3001 W. Grand Parkway in Peoria. Meetings are open to the public. Meeting information can be found on their website.

The Society's reference collection is housed in the Local History & Genealogy Room at the Main Branch of the Peoria Public Library, located in downtown Peoria at 107 NE Monroe. Hours for the Local History & Genealogy Room are 9 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Saturday. PCGS does accept research requests for Peoria County for a fee (minimum donation of $10/surname and $0.25/page for copies). For details about their research services, visit the Need Research Help? page on their website.

PCGS has several township and local cemetery indexes along with many other publications for sale. Click here for a list of their publications (opens a PDF). In addition to the Society's publications, they also have resources available on their website, including the Bible Records Project Index and an index to Boland Mortuary Records.

The Society has certainly been busy over the last few years. In 2010, PCGS was the hosting society for the Illinois State Genealogical Society's fall conference, which was held in downtown Peoria and saw record-breaking attendance. PCGS is now working on a War of 1812 project where they are locating veterans buried in Peoria County.

For additional information about the Society, visit their website, follow them on Facebook, or contact them by email at

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