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.


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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 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.


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.


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.

Recent Projects and Acquisitions

For example, 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.

Ongoing: Cemetery inventories, marriages after 1930, Funeral Card Collection, Freeburg United Church of Christ church records transcription, Walnut Hill Cemetery burials. Photographers needed.

Contact SCCGS to volunteer.



  • 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 Society Quarterly.
December 3, 2015 Installation of officers, Show and Tell, Christmas party. Please bring a holiday treat to share.
January 7, 2016 Another Time, Another People: The French in St. Clair County

In the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History on the Pointe-à-Callière, the historic center of Montreal, there is a large console map that shows the French dominions in North America in the eighteenth century. Shown on the map are the American cities of Detroit, New Orleans . . . and Cahokia, Illinois. Why is the small Illinois town so prominently featured on a map half a continent away, while the metropolis just across the Mississippi isn’t shown at all? What is the significance of place names such as Prairie du Pont Canal, French Village, and the Grand Marais? Why is the largest structure in the great Mississippian city now known as Cahokia Mounds known as Monk’s Mound? To address these questions, we need to look back beyond the State of Illinois, the Illinois Territory, even the Illinois County of the State of Virginia, to a time when the region was known as le pays des Illinois — the Illinois Country, originally the southern reach of Canada and later the northern reach of Louisiana. We will begin with an overview of the French occupation of Illinois, then focus on the French in St. Clair County, notably at Cahokia and Dupo but also at the area known as French Village. We will then follow the French after the cession of the region to Britain in 1763 and its occupation by Virginia militia under George Rogers Clark in 1778, and onward through the decline of French influence through the nineteenth century. Finally, we will look at the families that remained and contributed to the rich heritage of St. Clair County to the present day. Bienvenue à Haute-Louisiane et le pays des Illinois — we hope you enjoy your adventure!

Our presenter, John Keck, an enthusiast of the French colonial period in the modern-day American Midwest, is an analytics consultant for a global financial services firm. He was the recipient of the Weiss Award for Historical Writing from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in history from Sam Houston State University.

February 4, 2016 Ten of Belleville's present-day churches date back to the 19th century. This talk discuses the origins of the ten and highlights the "Jackson Street Church," the oldest standing sanctuary in Belleville.

Bob Brunkow shares his research on this interesting topic. He is a product of Oregon with a doctorate in history and a twenty-year career as a civil service historian for the Air Force. Mr. Brunkow is now a gentleman of leisure.

April 7, 2016 Box of Letters The story of a Civil War soldier returning from the War in 1865 as told by his great-grand-daughter. This synopsis of the soldier’s life after the war as revealed by a genealogical search over the past thirty years by Gloria Perry, PhD., and storyteller.
May 5, 2016 Desktop Publishing: Getting Your Manuscript Ready for Printing

Whether you are writing an article for a journal or finally completing a family history book, there are some things you can do to ensure the process of getting your words into print goes smoothly. Learn how to best prepare a manuscript so it reflects all the hard work you have put into creating its contents.

This month's speaker, Ilene Kanfer Murray, is a retired language arts and computer teacher and publications director of the St. Louis Genealogical Society. She teaches genealogy and computer classes, edits the society’s monthly newsletter, works on the society’s website, co-leads the society’s annual research trip to Salt Lake City, and lectures throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. She is the author of University City, Missouri: Its People and Events, 1906–1931, as well as numerous articles in genealogical publications.


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