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 are held the first Thursday of each month. We welcome your suggestions for topics along with speaker contact information sent to our email account: SCCGS Office
  • 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.)
  • Inclement Weather Policy Meeting is canceled if District 118 Schools are closed on meeting day. Check local TV and radio stations for those updates.
  • For last minute changes see our FACEBOOK page.
DATECome ask vexing research questions or share your latest discovery at our regularly scheduled meetings, visitors always welcome. Keep the conversation going!
August 3, 2017 Questions asked and answered, or so we hope. If you have published a family history please come and share the wisdom gained during that experience. The audience would love to see your book and we will bring a few samples donated to our collections over the years.
September 7, 2017Celebrating 100 years, The History of Scott Air Force Base will be presented by Base Historian, Erin Lasley. Happy birthday!
September 28, 2017 If the Rhineland Phalz is your ancestor’s homeland, a special lecture by Roland Paul, Director of Institute for Palatine History and Folklore in Kaiserslautern, Germany, will be presented at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday evening, hosted by the St. Clair County Genealogical Society.

Herr Paul researches Palatines who settled in communities across the U.S., St. Clair County, Illinois, among them.

The Pfaelzer in Amerika, a newspaper which appeared in New York from 1884 to 1917, published small biographies of German emigrants, including many who resided in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Illinois towns of Belleville and Mascoutah. The editors, the Voelcker brothers, were emigrants from Edenkoben in the Palatinate. They informed readers about what was happening in their native country as well as described the life of the emigrants in the United States. In thousands of published obituaries ("In Amerika verstorbene Pfaelzer") the towns where the German emigrants came from, their lives, their emigration and surviving family members were always mentioned.

Christa Becker and Roland Paul copied all the thousands of obituaries. The Genealogical Society of the Palatinate has just published the first of four volumes of these obituaries, covering the years from 1884 until 1897. Among them are nearly 200 obituaries from people from the metro-east area. In his talk Paul will speak about this newspaper and will show the importance of this source for genealogists.

A graduate of Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz (German Volkskunde), and frequent visitor to the United States, Herr Paul’s research interests in addition to immigration and emigration include the history of the Jews in the Palatinate, Palatine folklore, museums in the Palatinate, and house research.

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October 5, 20172018 SLATE of OFFICERS presented.
Rumor has it our guest will be someone who loves genealogy and knows the collections at the library quite well.
November 2, 2017ELECTION of OFFICERS
Lights 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 are presented by slideshow this evening. Dr. Perry, retired Professor Emerita from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, enjoys her second career as storyteller and genealogical hobbyist. Nostalgia at its best!
December 7, 2017INSTALLATION of OFFICERS for 2018
Annual holiday party and installation of officers. Please bring a treat to share with the crowd.

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Posted 1997. Latest revision 5 August 2017.