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.


SCCGS Home    |   Membership Benefits and Application    | Contact Us


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 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..



  • 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.

  • Join us on FACEBOOK

Lecture summaries appear, with permission, in the Society Quarterly.
2014 Reserve August 2 for our all-day event!
April 3, 2014 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 Guests always welcome.

May 1, 2014 Perils and Simple Pleasures from the l800’s. A look at a German immigrant's life in St. Louis. Dr. Gloria Perry, presenter. A retired Professor Emerita from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, Dr. Perry's second career is storyteller and genealogical hobbyist. She wears the period dress while telling stories she uncovered in her genealogy research.
June 5, 2014 Edwardsville Intelligencer: 150 Years of Hometown News is the fact-filled presentation by Cindy Reinhardt. This newspaper, like so many others, helps us discover "hatches, matches and dispatches" of our community, but also local stories of how the community evolved, why it looks the way it does, and the origins of traditions. A sampling of these stories within their historical context will provide an entertaining look into the past.

Ms Reinhardt is a published local author and historian. She edits newsletters of the Friends of Leclaire and the Madison County Historical societies. Her articles on local history appear in the Edwardsville Intelligencer and in Illinois Heritage, a magazine of the Illinois State Historical Society.

July 3, 2014 Questions and Answers. Pose your genealogy problems to members at large for suggestions to solve your mystery.

For particularly vexing problems, plan to attend the conference August 2! Judy G Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist was recently acclaimed as one of the top genealogy speakers in the country. Early bird registration at reduced fees must be postmarked by July 16, 2014.

August 2, 2014 Come one, come all to our all-day Saturday conference, Out of the Ordinary - Out of the Box, featuring Judy G Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist. A second track which runs concurrently offers lectures on Illinois, house history resources, and ways to ensure your genealogy is credible. Your research toolbox will overflow with ideas gleaned from the day's lectures, applicable to many states, not just Illinois. Our dynamic speakers look forward to sharing their many years of genealogy research experience and education with you. Early bird registration at reduced fees must be postmarked by July 16, 2014, so delay not!
August 7, 2014 No monthly lecture - we'll be recovering from our all-day conference on the 2nd!
September 4, 2014 Immigration and Naturalization presented by Ilene Kanfer Murray will introduce the process by which our ancestors became American citizens beginning with their arrival at some American or Canadian port. No matter when they got here, that process left a paper trail, although how much you might find varies by time period. In this overview talk, you will learn what immigration and naturalization records are available to trace your immigrant ancestors, how to work with those records, what they might reveal to you, and where the records are located.

Ms Murray has been a featured speaker at local conferences and has taught genealogy and computer classes throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Very active in the St. Louis Genealogical Society, she serves as its Publications Director, editor of the monthly newsletter, News ‘n Notes, is co-leader of the the Jewish Special Interest Group (SIG) and the society’s annual research trip to Salt Lake City.

October 2, 2014 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.
November 6, 2014 German Name Issues Always a popular topic, Fred Held will introduce us to reasons why name spellings are so problematic and how this knowledge can help distinguish your ancestor from children in the same family when each was named Johann, or Anna, or Maria.

Back to SCCGS home | Membership Application and benefits
©St. Clair County Genealogical Society.
P.O. Box 431, Belleville, IL 62222-0431

Problems with this page? Contact the Webmaster
Posted 1997. Latest revision 7 May 2014.