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.
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.

March 3, 2016 Visiting the Liverpool Docks and Lancashire, England, Using Smilebox®: An Idea For Sharing With Family.

More than nine million emigrants sailed from Liverpool before 1930 according to the Maritime Archives and Library in Liverpool. By 1851 it was the leading emigration port for North America-bound passengers, out-pacing the port of Le Havre.

Join our speaker, Mary Parker, M.S., to learn about Liverpool and Lancashire's countryside through the animated slideshows developed with Smilebox®, an easy-to-use tool that promotes sharing your family stories and creates interest in family history.

Of Mary’s 14 paternal immigrant ancestors, 12 of them sailed from Liverpool. She visited Lancashire four times and, using Smilebox® and photos from the 2014 trip, Mary will share some of her experiences with Lancashire villages and the port of Liverpool.

Mary’s serious interest in genealogy began in 1982. Since then she has conducted research in original records on-site in England, France, and major genealogical libraries and archives. Her immigrant ancestors settled in St. Clair County and nearby Monroe County.

Mary retired from the United States Transportation Command after 26 years of Air Force Civilian Service. She joined the St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS) in 1983, is a life member, submits articles for the SCCGS newsletter and is that publication’s proofreader.

April 7, 2016 Box of Letters      This is 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. Dr. Perry is a retired Professor Emeritus from SIUE whose second career is storyteller and genealogical hobbyist. She now speaks about stories she uncovered during research and wears period dress to compliment the story's topic.
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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