St. Clair County Genealogical Society - Purpose, Lecture Schedule, Projects

The St. Clair County Courthouse
completed in 1861

St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS)

Helping genealogists discover their Illinois roots since 1977.

About SCCGS

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PURPOSE

SCCGS is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), all-volunteer group of genealogists, founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1978 which aspires to:

*Preserve and perpetuate ancestral records for educational and historical purposes;

*Encourage the study of family history and to teach the methods of genealogical research;

*Promote genealogical publications;

*Promote the preservation and safeguarding of genealogical data; and

*Publish and circulate literature relative to the purposes and acquisitions of the Society.

LOGO

The old nostalgic courthouse with its four tall, stone columns, is the SCCGS logo. Built in 1861, some genealogically valuable 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 set forth by the Society.

SCCGS COLORS

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.

MILESTONES

1978 – Illinois State GS (ISGS) Local Service Award (to Robert Buecher)
1982 – ISGS Local Service Award (to Marsden Eisloeffel)
1985 – Newsletter and Quarterly each awarded 2nd place by ISGS
1986 - SCCGS Quarterly awarded first place in ISGS Competition.
1988 - St. Clair County History, Volume 1 published
1990 - SCCGS facilitates transfer of original county Will Record Books to IRAD .
1990 - Cemetery Committee receives Illinois State Historical Society Award for Excellence – Shiloh Cemetery.
1990 – ISGS Community Service Award (to Rosemary Bechtoldt – Poor Farm and Society service)
1990 – ISGS Special Recognition Award (to Robert Buecher)
1991 – Receives Illinois Humanities Council mini-grant 11171-0491 of $1350.00
1991 - Cemetery Committee receives National Genealogical Society Award of Merit
1992 - St. Clair County History, Volume II published, proceeds to the BPL
1993 – ISGS Special Recognition Award for St. Clair County History, Volume II (Diane Renner Walsh)
1998 - Public website debut, grows to 600 pages by 2014.
2010 - Probate microfilm acquisition ($15,255); 33.6% from donors.
2011 – ISGS Community Service Award (Robert Buecher)
2012 – Member website debut, Society marks 35th anniversary

Recent Projects and Acquisitions

Ongoing:
Funeral Card Collection

Contact SCCGS to volunteer.

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MEETING, LECTURES, INCLEMENT WEATHER

  • Meetings featuring free lectures are held the first Thursday of each month. Time: 7:00 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.

  • Join us on FACEBOOK

Lecture summaries appear, with permission, in the Society Quarterly.
DATETOPIC and SPEAKER
February 2, 2017(speaker change) Archives Acquired by the St. Clair County Historical Society presented by William Shannon IV, that society's museum curator since 2012, will surely enlighten us to new resources worth exploring for our ancestors.

Mr. Shannon is a professional historian with degrees from DePaul University in Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include minority communities in St. Clair County, cartography and traveler narratives of our area, and the early history of Illinois and the Midwest.

April 6, 2017 We welcome topic and speaker suggestions, email these to SCCGS Office
May 4, 2017
June 1, 2017
July 6, 2017
August 3, 2017
September 7, 2017
October 5, 2017
November 2, 2017
December 7, 2017

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Posted 1997. Latest revision 1 February 2017.