Tazewell County Genealogical & Historical Society

12. Tazewell County Genealogical Historical Society

Site Coordinates: N 40˚34'22.4" W 89˚38'10.7"

This is one of 10 caches (a hidden container) placed around historic sites in Pekin. These sites along with 10 other sites will provide letters or numbers you'll need to ultimately unscramble a prominent name and year in Pekin's history. Once you've obtained all 20 letters and numbers and unscrambled the name and year, submit your answer to be entered into a drawing for a locally 3-D printed "flat" Everett, $50 in Chamber Checks and other Pekin swag!

Please be courteous and aware of your surroundings (do not disrupt landscaping or destroy anything during your search) and place each cache back how you found it to ensure it remains hidden. All caches are on public property, placed with permission where necessary. Permission for this cache placement granted by both TCGHS and North Parkway Assembly of God who utilizes the community center. Please be stealthy & courteous!

Practice CITO (cache-in-trash-out: a way to help keep our environment clean) & happy caching! We hope you enjoy this historic tour of Pekin & participate in other events throughout 2024 to celebrate this milestone.

A special thank you to the United Way of Pekin for sponsoring the cache containers.

If you have any questions, please email us at pekinhistoricadventurequest@gmail.com.

A Bit of History...

History of Tazewell County Geneological & Historical Society

Connie Perkins, founding member recalls:
Marking our country's bicentennial in 1976, the TV miniseries Roots brought about a great interest in tracing family trees. Genealogy quickly became one of the most popular "hobbies" in the U.S., right up there with stamp collecting!

Since my husband David and I had majored in social studies education in college, with history as our main interest, we jumped right in trying to learn about our ancestry, too. I joined my home De Witt County, Illinois, Genealogical Society, which had been formed a few years before.

At this same time, our close friend Carol Jackson Halze (now Taylor) also became interested in family research. We three would sit at our dining table and go over what we had learned from talking to older relatives and what we needed yet to do and where we needed to search next.


TCGSO Article

Think you have Solved The Puzzle?

Once you have visited all the sites and unscrambled the numbers and letters, send us your answer for a chance to win prizes! Submissions are due by December 31st, 2024; winner drawn January 6th, 2025.