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, 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.


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.


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

Funeral Card Collection

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  • 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.
October 6, 2016 Introduction to Rootsmagic A visual tour of Rootsmagic, version 7, will be presented by Frank Klostermann, a Clinton County native. The software is a leading genealogy organizational tool with a free demo downloadable prior to this lecture at

Frank's interest in genealogy began in college, intrigued with the citizenship papers and a German military record of his immigrant great-grandfather. He uses Rootsmagic to organize and store his Klosterman and Shrage family documents and the research accumulated over the years.

Mr. Klostermann holds an accounting degree from SIU-Carbondale which led to employment with the U.S. Army Audit Agency, and Internal Revenue Service. In retirement, his current civic organizational memberships include the Collinsville Area Camera Club, Cahokia and Mound City Archaeological Societies, National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, St. Louis Genealogical Society, and the St. Clair County Genealogical Society.

November 3, 2016Tom Pearson, an experienced librarian, genealogist, and speaker on military history, will point out efficient search methods, features, and records sets available in his Guided Tour of Ancestry Library Edition at our usual meeting place.

Born and raised in northern Illinois, Mr. Pearson is a U.S. Air Force veteran, holds a B.A. (History) from Eureka College (IL), and the M.L.S. (Library Science) from the University of Illinois. He has been head of a maximum-security prison library in Joliet, Illinois, and director of a public library in South Dakota. He has worked for St. Louis Public Library since 1984.

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.

December 1, 2016Christmas Party, please bring something to share.
January 5, 2017Lights in the Window is the story of one man's fascination with all things Christmas. Gloria Perry tells of her father's humble beginnings and talent for helping others enjoy this holiday through vintage photos, Christmas scenes and beautiful snow villages, vintage Christmas lighting of the 40’s and 50’s, dialogue and narrative by slide presentation this evening. Nostalgia at its best!


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