SCCGS is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer group of genealogists, founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1978 which aspires to:
*Preserve and perpetuate ancestral records for educational and historical
*Encourage the study of family history and to teach the
of genealogical research;
*Promote genealogical publications;
*Promote the preservation and safeguarding of genealogical data;
*Publish and circulate literature relative to the purposes and
acquisitions of the Society.
The old nostalgic courthouse with its four tall, stone columns, is the SCCGS logo. Built in 1861, some old record books were discarded when the building was demolished in 1972. The logo serves as a tribute to our past, reminds us of the records lost, and silently urges us to achieve some of the purposes (above) set forth by the Society.
The green and yellow colors of the society reflect colors found in flags of both the St. Clair County the city of Belleville. They remind us of the fertile fields that drew many of our ancestors to the area and crops produced by their labor.
All Society acquistions are housed at the Belleville Public Library for public use.
Funeral Card Collection
1890 newspaper abstracts in member site.
Freeburg United Church of Christ church records transcription and abstracts in progress.
Walnut Hill Cemetery burials and tombstone photographs. Belleville's largest cemetery. Photographers and image processors needed.
Probate microfilm acquisition project completed July 2010. A portion of membership dues funded this project. Specially designated memorial donations amounted to 33.6 %. Total project cost was $15,255.50 over five years. Thank you members and friends..
MEETING, LECTURES, INCLEMENT WEATHER
Meetings featuring free lectures are held the first Thursday of
each month. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: St. Luke Parish Center,
North Church and East "C" Sts., Belleville, Illinois. Cross-corner from church. (Guests always welcome.) Lecture summaries appear in the Society Quarterly.
- Inclement Weather Policy Meeting is canceled if District 118 Schools are closed on meeting day. Check local TV and radio stations for those updates.
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Lecture summaries appear, with permission, in the
|DATE||TOPIC and SPEAKER|
|CANCELLED December 5, 2013 ||CANCELLED due to threatening weather |
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|January 2:||Installation of Officers followed by program: Belleville – Then and Now will be the topic of David Braswell's power point presentation. Come see Belleville as it was over a hundred years ago and as it is today. The architectural beauty of Belleville’s early days is emphasized and illustrates how structures have been maintained, destroyed or in many cases just covered up. Find out what continues to be done to uncover and restore many of the facades hidden from view for decades. Threads of Belleville history are interwoven throughout the presentation.
Mr. Braswell has a master's degree in education from Stanford University. Well-versed in the German language and customs, he instructed students at Belleville Area College (1976 - 1986) and McKendree College (1986 - 1989). He and his wife, Marcia, are proprietors of the Corner George Inn in historic Maeystown, now in its 24th year, and together manage historic rental properties on East Garfield in Belleville.
|February 6: ||The Price is Right: Finding Free Stuff on the Internet, presented by Tom Pearson. Genealogists can find free applications with e-books; audio books and podcasts; research guides; finding aids; forms; and images. Available in a fairly wide range of formats, you can use them on desktops, lap tops, tablets, and other mobile devices. For example, free e-books include state, county, and local histories; family and military histories; city and county directories; and rosters of lineage and fraternal organizations.
Mr. Pearson is a native Illinoian, served in the U.S. Air Force, and holds a B.A. (History) from Eureka College (IL), and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Illinois. On staff at the St. Louis Public Library since 1984, Tom lectures frequently at the local and state level, is Associate Editor of the Show Me State Genealogical News (newsletter of the Missouri State Genealogical Association) and is editor of their blog, MoSGA Messenger.
|March 6: || Title pending. Mary Parker and her famed aunt Celia, presenters.|
|April 3: ||
Publishing for Posterity: Saving Your Research for Future Generations, presented by Larry Darnell. It can be downright scary if you stop and think about how many potential dangers can cause you to lose the countless hours of research you have invested into your family genealogy. This presentation will look at the best ways to preserve your research so future generations can reap the benefit of your hard work.
Mr. Darnell has a 30-plus year career in Information Technology, actively researches and documents his family history, and maintains the SCCGS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SCCGS. Guests always welcome.
|May 1: || Perils and Simple Pleasures from the l800’s. A look at a German immigrant's life in St Louis. Dr. Gloria Perry, presenter.|
|August 2: || Come one, come all to our all-day Saturday conference. The day will be aimed at broadening your research, not just in Illinois but other states as well.|
|August 7: ||No monthly lecture - we'll be recovering from our all-day conference on the 2nd!|
|October 2 ||Finding Your Ancestors in Company Employee Magazines and Trade Magazines. Company employee magazines and trade magazines are packed with interesting facts about our ancestors, including articles on employees hobbies and military service; birth, death, and marriage announcements; photographs of employees children; announcements of promotions and retirements; and much more. This presentation will show many examples of content from these magazines and tips for locating them. Lecture by Dennis Northcutt, native St. Louisan and graduate of Washington University. Mr. Northcott has been on the Missouri History Museum staff since 1989 and currently is an associate archivist at the Library and Research Center. He has compiled numerous guides to the museum's manuscript collections, including an inventory of the extensive Civil War holdings. He is the creator of the Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index, and frequently gives presentations and workshops on genealogy and house history research.|