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 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.


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.

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Lecture summaries appear, with permission, in the Society Quarterly.
February 5, 2015 Dawn Cobb and Hal Hassen "Do's and Don'ts of Cemetery Preservation"
March 5, 2015 Your Tax Dollars at Work: Records & Publications of the WPA
The WPA (Works Progress Administration) was federal agency created to provide useful work for millions of people during the Great Depression. During its eight-year existence, the WPA put some 8.5 million people to work.* Tom Pearson will discuss sources of information about and publications of this Depression era federal agency. *Encyclopædia Britannica® Online : 3 Oct 2014

Mr. Pearson is a U.S. Air Force veteran and holds degrees in History from Eureka College (Illinois) and an M.L.S. from the University of Illinois. He has worked at Central Library in downtown St. Louis since 1989.

Tom is Associate Editor of Show Me State Genealogical News, the newsletter of the Missouri State Genealogical Association, and editor of MoSGA Messenger, the official blog of the same organization. He has given programs on genealogy and military history at numerous local public libraries, and for many area genealogical, lineage, and patriotic societies. He is the author of Illinois Central: a Guide to Genealogical Research in Springfield, Illinois and Railroad Boys: the Story of the 89th Illinois Infantry Regiment.

April 2, 2015 Dave Braswell and Mardy Eisloeffel, topic to be announced.
May 7, 2015 Kathy Nevin, Family History Center, O'Fallon, Illinois, topic to be announced
June 4, 2015Saving Your Very Own History

Join us as Yvonne Meckfessel discusses proper ways to identify your own family treasures for future generations, mark your antiques, and share tips to record and preserve your written history. You might remember the history of your grandmothers beautiful teapot, but does the rest of your family know? Do your childen know that those salt and pepper shakers were given to you by a neighbor after you worked for her over a week? Don't let the history of your family treasures completely disappear.

Mrs.Meckfessel has 40 plus years working in genealogy. She is the author of four books, including "Pickle Pots, Stupid Hats and Other Stories," is a true story of hardships overcome by pioneer ancestors in Southern Illinois. Meckfessel believes that all of our ancestors should be thought of as heroes and honored as such due to their hard work and determination.

July 5, 2015An Entire Village Left Germany for Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois

Many families from Columbia, Millstadt, and Waterloo are descended from a group of immigrants who came in 1842 from Wernings, Germany. Gedern, Germany is the sister city to Columbia, Illinois, and Wernings is adjacent to and part of that German city now. The talk will document some of those families with the surnames Hilger, Koch, Mack, Hergenroeder, Schenk, Scheuermann, Rick, Lofinck, Gleiber, Erd, Kimmel, Dahmer, Acker, Neun – as well as those who arrived later – Reifschneider, Heusohn, Schaefer, and Scheller.

Our speaker, Mary Ellen Huetsch, Waterloo, is a retired teacher whose life-long genealogy passion was inspired by a high school homework assignment. She served on the board of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and belongs to several local societies. She is an and assistant in her husband's law office.


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