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: 7:00 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.
April 6, 2017John Reynolds: Governor, Historian, and Genealogy Resource In 1800, a young Irish immigrant family arrived in Kaskaskia, Illinois, from Pennsylvania. The oldest son, John Reynolds, became in his time an “Indian fighter,” an Army Ranger during the War of 1812, a state and federal congressman, and, most famously, the governor of Illinois during the Black Hawk War of 1832. His life covered the transition of the state of Illinois from a loose confederation of mostly French river towns to the industrial and agricultural powerhouse that it was destined to become. Indeed, he settled in Cahokia, learned French, married a French woman, and converted to Roman Catholicism, but was also a tireless advocate of the Illinois and Michigan Canal that modernized the state and elevated the city of Chicago to its current prominence. In his later years, he settled in Belleville and wrote his two histories of the state and his role in it, the Pioneer History of Illinois and My Own Times, becoming one of the earliest and most prominent historians of the state. Join us as we examine the life and works of this extraordinary local citizen, and in so doing look at the numerous genealogical facts, clues, and stories that he left in his histories of the early prominent families of southern Illinois, especially St. Clair County. You will be left with a panoramic but highly personal view of the development of the state, and hopefully some interesting tidbits to pursue in your own genealogical searches. Hope to see you there!

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

May 4, 2017 We welcome topic and speaker suggestions, email these to SCCGS Office
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