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St. Clair County, Illinois Research and Resources, A Genealogist's Guide.
Indexed, 133 pages, 22 illustrations including 3 maps, perfect bound.
$15.00 non-member, $10.00 for members. Now as pdf on CD. Updates appear in the Member Area of this website.
The Guide identifies which church or synagogue records before 1900 are published, microfilmed, or archived; birth, marriage, and death indexes, various repositories holding vital records; specifies the location of indexes and records of the four courts that naturalized St. Clair countians. Other topics cover city directories; civil, guardianship, and probate records; unique library and society holdings; land records at the county, state, and federal level; newspapers, school, and tax records. Each chapter includes references and explanatory articles to further your research.
Prestatehood to the twentieth century resources are identified for indexed, abstracted, published, microfilmed, or transferred records at repositories outside the county. The intent is to widen your research possibilities, reduce ineffectual correspondence, and make your research experience more efficient and productive.
CENSUS AND VITAL RECORDS
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- 1870 Federal Census, St. Clair Co., IL 461 pp. Indexed.
- Sorry, out of print - CD planned
- 1880 Federal Census, St. Clair Co., IL
- Appears in the Quarterly Quarterly surname index, Quarterly order form
- 1890 Census Substitute -- A few left. $14.00.
- A reprint of the Belleville City Directory,
East St. Louis City Directory and St. Clair County Gazetteer 1891-1892
including Farmers and Land Owners, 27 small towns, business directory. 29,000 names.
- St. Clair County, Illinois Marriage Records 1845-1869
- Out of print Search online at the ISA and, if found, order the record from IRAD.
- Freeburg Tribune Obituary Index, 1904-1939 $9.50, 64 pp., While supply lasts.
- Death Records of St. Clair County Poor Farm and Hospital, 1854 - 1916.
- 41 pp., indexed. Over 3000 deaths, gives date and burial location specified. While supply lasts
Poor Farm Inmate Records 1866-1872 appear in the SCCGS Quarterly, Volume 34, Issues 3 and 4 (2011) Quarterly order form
- Birth and Death Records, 1843-1870, St. Clair Co., IL
- by Buecher (two former publications in one). Exact transcription, 72 pp, indexed. $12.00
COURT, SCHOOL, MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS
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Dutch Hill Prairie History, revised edition. Two and three family generations who lived in the area known as Dutch Hill are detailed in this book. Dutch Hill encompasses Township 3 South Range 7 West in St. Clair, roughly the southeastern boundary of the county. Many settlers were members of what later became Darmstadt United Church of Christ. Burials in Hardy, Wildy, Atlas Moore, Peters, Hill, and other pioneer cemeteries are included. As testimony of her dedication to the SCCGS, the late Martha Mae Schmidt gave her publication to the Society. All proceeds will be used for acquisition of genealogical materials and placed in the Society's collections at the Belleville Public Library for public use. 364 pp., hard bound. $25.00. Local pickup available. Limited quantity.
The Graduating Classes
of the Closed Catholic High Schools East St. Louis, Illinois: 1894 through 1989 Includes St. Teresa Academy 1894 – 1974; Central Catholic High School 1929 – 1953; St. Mary High School 1949 – 1953; and Assumption High School 1953 - 1989 for a total of 10,000 graduates in 132 graduating classes over 144 years of instruction. Each school is listed individually, by graduation year, plus parish or church/city name whenever available, indexed. Compiled from yearbooks, the Messenger, the old STA Alumnae list, graduation programs and reunion books. $15.00.
SCCGS Quarterly Surname Index - Vol. 11 (1988)
through Vol. 20 (1997) Print version includes a Topical Index and all surnames appearing in these issues.
190 pages, soft cover, stapled ("saddle stitched"). New price of
Online version available on this site. SCCGS Home View the complete Table of Contents for these issues Vols. 11 - 15 - Vols. 16 - 20.
Some of the more notable articles indexed in this publication include the following.
Intestate estates 1772-1964
Proof of Death Index 1870-1880
Concordia United Church of Christ (UCC) (Stookey Township)*
UCC church records translated from German*
St. Paul UCC, Belleville surname Index (1839-1939)
1862 Military Censuses for several townships
1880 federal census
Probated and Unprobated Will Index, 1772-1964, St. Clair Co., IL.
Sorry, out of print, but most pre-1900 wills and intestate estates are already available at the Belleville Public Library. courtesy of SCCGS members and friends who provided funding for this major acquisition. SCCGS thanks past Clerks of the Circuit Court, Barney Metz, and Brendan Kelly, for permission. Read more about this Probate Project.
* Actual articles include baptisms, marriages and burials translated from German for you!
TOMBSTONE / CEMETERY INVENTORIES
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Fayetteville Township and Engelmann Township Cemeteries; Tombstone readings (Darmstadt Memorial, Trinity Lutheran, Trinity UCC, Old Trinity, St. Pancratius, Pulliam, St. Liborius, many smaller burial grounds), plat maps, 89 pages, indexed. Surname search. $12.00.
Freeburg Township Cemeteries; Tombstone readings of St. Joseph Catholic, St. Paul's UCC, Silver Creek, Foulkes, Elmwood, Land, and many more smaller burial grounds, plat maps, histories, approximately 105 pages, indexed. Surname search. $15.00.
Greenwood Cemetery, Caseyville Twp., (2N8W) c1911-1989, This inventory appears in the SCCGS Quarterly Vol. 16 No. 3, 1993, pages 140 through 177. The entire 38 page article, or specific pages, may be ordered through our research services. To determine if a surname appears in this issue, search the column for volume 16 on the Quarterly Surname Index link.
Print, fill out Section C on our Quarterly Order Form to order.
Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairview Heights, Illinois
A revised edition will be released in 2012, adding 750 new burials to the 3400 tombstone inscriptions published in the first book. Among those buried in this cemetery are people formerly buried at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery in East St. Louis. Holy Cross began in 1907 and is located in Section 25, T2N R9W, Canteen Township, near the intersection of Route 161 and Route 50. Surnames of those buried 1907-2000 only.
Lebanon Township Cemeteries About 2,300 burials for St. Joseph Catholic (plus many not found in church records or online databases ) Summerfield City, Barton, Bradsby-Higgins, Bryan, Baer,
Padfield/Schmahl, Pausche, Wittmer, and Whitaker-Pleasant Valley Road Methodist. Bonus Plat maps included for both St. Joseph and Summerfield City. Surnames in this book $12.00.
Marissa Township Cemeteries. Surname search.
Includes Marissa and four smaller cemeteries.119 pp., indexed, $15.00.
Mascoutah Township Cemeteries showcases an inventory of Fike and Lincoln Lake cemeteries along with burials in Holy Childhood of Jesus (Old and New) plus all smaller cemeteries in this township previously published in the Society Quarterly. $15.00. A companion to Mascoutah City Cemetery
Mascoutah City Cemetery. Over 6600 burials in Mascoutah City Cemetery, 168 pages in all with four-page cemetery plat map and other articles. Surname search. Also includes Briesacker, Perrin/Home and Schnebelin Family Cemeteries. Four years in the making. $15.00 postpaid. A companion to Mascoutah Township Cemeteries
Millstadt Township Cemeteries Includes inventories of Mt. Evergreen, Old Millstadt / Centreville, St. Thomas Catholic, St. James Catholic, Union Hill, Zion / Freivogel, Saxtown, St. Paul in Floraville, St. Michael's Paderborn, and White cemeteries. Mt. Evergreen. Indexed, 121 pages.
Surname search. $15.00.
New Athens Township Cemeteries Includes New Athens City and Oak Ridge Cemeteries 1860-1984. St. Agatha's, and many smaller cemeteries, fully indexed. 96 pp. Surname search. $12.00.
Shiloh Valley Township Cemeteries Includes Shiloh Cemetery, resting place of many pioneers. Click here for surname search, and list of other small cemeteries in this book. $12.00.
Smithton Township Cemeteries. Includes Franklin, St. John the Baptist Catholic, Brenner, Carr, Chewning, Eyman, High Prairie, Luetkemeyer, McClintock, Phillips, Rittenhouse, Short, Moses Short, Smith, Stein-Nagel, Thompson, and Turkey Hill. Indexed. 52 pp., includes plat.
Surname search. New publication pending.
St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery, Fairview Heights, IL 1914-1997. 2400 Polish burials including over 700 unmarked graves. St. Adalbert's cemetery lies partly in section 30 and 31 Township 2 North Range 8 West, Caseyville Township, and part of section 36, Township 2 North Range 9 West, Canteen Township. The cemetery association opened their records allowing the compiler to document over 700 unmarked graves for the book. 65 pages. Surname search. $15.00.
St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Freeburg, IL 1856-1987. SEE Freeburg Township Cemeteries
St. Peter's Catholic Church Burials 1859 - 1909. See Church Records Volume One.
Summerfield, IL Cemetery 1840 - 1998. SEE Lebanon Township Cemeteries.
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Church Records Volume One on CD, PC and Mac compatible in Adobe Reader®, $25.00.
Church Records of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Belleville, Illinois 1839–1939 CD-ROM. This mammoth tome, expertly translated from German by the late Martha Mae Schmidt, extracts dates of all births, baptisms, confirmands, marriages, and deaths (for more than 18,000 entries overall). Parents, sponsors, witnesses, maiden names, clues to former marriages, and relationships are given. As the county seat, people from throughout the county traveled to Belleville to have the religious event performed at St. Paul's. The specific German town of birth is given for many, many immigrants, providing the link needed to continue research in Germany and elsewhere. The CD-ROM will be used just as you would a book with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. 944 pages. $30.00.
Records of five (5) churches are on this CD ROM.
A trio of Baptist churches span the 1809 - 1911 period --
Unity United Baptist Church of Christ established in 1850 and attended by large numbers of Badgley, Phillips, Rettinghouse, Whiteside and others residing near the church just north and east of Belleville. Now called First Baptist Church Fairview Heights, it is believed Unity's members had connections to some who attended Richland Creek Baptist near Messenger cemetery where baptisms by immersion took place in the creek after which that early church was named. The Unity church of 1850 first met in Anthony's Grove about a mile north of the earlier church, and south of today's Drake-Thouvenot road / Frank-Scott Parkway and Old Collinsville road intersection and recently celebrated its sesquicentennial.
Bethel Baptist (1806-1909) near Caseyville, one of the earliest Baptist churches in southwestern Illinois and famed for its role along the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. Excellent source for family groups before 1850 census, includes
some vital stats. Located near the county border and includes St. Clair and Madison County residents.
Oak Hill Baptist Church (1851-1863) near O'Fallon.
Two Belleville churches, old and largely German, round out this CD:
Zion Lutheran, Belleville, 1861-1961, 4200 baptisms with parents named, 2700 confirmation entries, 1268 marriages and 1360 burials, plus confirmations, all translated from German over the course of six years.
Click for sample page (248kb).
St. Peter's Catholic church 1859 - 1909. Over 3800 burials, translated from Latin.
Together with the publications described immediately below, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Belleville (1839-1939), and three Belleville Methodist churches (1840-1998), a large part of the religious records for early Belleville are now available.
Is your surname mentioned in Volume 17 Number 4, (pages 195–209) of our Quarterly? Search for your surname.
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church Census 1888–1895. The first parish established within the confines of Belleville in 1842. This census was taken just after St. Peter's was designated the Cathedral for the new Diocese of Belleville, and includes about 4050 parishioners amongst the parish's 895 families. This resource helps fill the genealogical void created for the burned 1890 federal census. In addition to family groups and relationships, birth and marriage dates and places, rare genealogical information included are parental surnames for the majority of 45 adopted or “quasi-adopted” children, birth parents' given names; divorce or separation. The German town of birth, marital status for widows and widowers, death dates of prior spouses and individuals that died between censuses is also included.
Translated from Latin. Surnames in this book While supply lasts$15.00.
Methodist Church Records of Belleville, Illinois 1840-1998 [Full title: Records of German MethodistJackson Street Methodist Church 213 South Jackson Street, First Methodist Episcopal Church, 10 East Washington Street, [and] Union United Methodist Church, 721 East Main Street, Belleville, Illinois]
Features baptisms, marriages and burials of the three churches whose records are abstracted: German Methodist (later the Jackson Street Methodist Church); First Methodist Episcopal Church; and Union United Methodist Church. All German records are translated for you. Includes histories of these churches and a German Place Name Index. Indexed, 354 pages, perfect bound. $15.00.
Darmstadt, Holy Ghost United Church of Christ, 1843-1977. Indexed, 230 pages, spiral bound, $16.00. Only a few left.
Bethel Baptist Church Minutes 1806 - 1851,
Excerpts from the Minutes 1851-1852; Memberships Lists 1809-1909.
The Bethel Baptist surname index for this publication is on this SCCGS Web site. On Church Records Volume One.
Church Records of St. John United Church of Christ, Smithton, Illinois 1870 -
1986 Baptisms, Confirmands, Marriages and Deaths. 218 pp., church
history, German place name index, fully indexed. Surname index Temporarily out-of-print. CD-Rom in planning stages.
Oak Hill Baptist Church [O'Fallon area] On Church Records Volume One.
St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Floraville, Illinois Church Records 1859 - 1986 Compiled baptisms, confirmands, marriages and deaths. 107 pp., church history, German place name index, fully indexed. $10.00. While supply lasts.
St. John United Church of Christ, Mascoutah: Baptisms 1849-1855, and Marriages 1840-1876. Compiled, fully indexed. 46 pp., $13.00.
St. Liborius Catholic Church Baptisms, 1838–1900 in
the SCCGS Quarterly, Volume 13, Number 1, 27 pp. While supply lasts. $3.00.
St. Liborius Catholic Church Records, St. Libory. On the SCCGS website
Trinity Lutheran Church Records, Millstadt, Illinois (Family
Register of Early Members of Trinity; Marriages 1848 – 1911
and Burials 1849 – 1927) and Holy Cross Lutheran
Church Records, Sugar Loaf Township (Family Register of
Early Members, and Marriages 1841 – 1896). While supply lasts. 65 pp., $15.00.
Trinity United Church of Christ Church Records, Fayetteville, Illinois, 1878-1983. See Volume 7 in SCCGS Quarterly
Unity Baptist Church. On Church Records CD Volume One.
Zion Lutheran Church Records 1861 - 1961, Belleville, Illinois . On Church Records Volume One.
Surnames in this publication.
Zion United Church of Christ, Millstadt, Illinois Baptisms 1835–1845,
Marriages 1836–1871, and Family Register -early members of Zion Church;
Salem Evangelical Baptisms, Sugar Loaf Township, 1868–1871.
[Originally appeared in several issues of the SCCGS
Quarterly, compiled and newly indexed in one publication.] 90 pp., $15.00.
The following church records appear in the SCCGS Quarterly, available for purchase as an entire issue, or by individual page if out-of-print. Quarterly Online Order Form Is your ancestor's name in a particular issue? Search the
SCCGS Quarterly Surname Index. The UCC registers were in German and have been translated through the dedicated efforts of our volunteers.
(B=Baptisms, C=Confirmations, M=Marriages,
Concordia U.C.C., (Stookey Twp), 1851-1988, BCMD,
255 pages all together. Some issues out-of-print.
Marissa, Friedens U.C.C., BCMD, 1891-1992,
123 pages all together. Some issues out-of-print.
First Baptist, Belleville, Membership Lists 1831; Baptist Churches in
area 1844, On Church Records Volume One.
Silver Creek Baptist Church, Membership Lists 1838-1864 with deaths
noted. Volume 19 No. 2.
St. Liborius Catholic Church Baptisms, 1838–1900 in
the SCCGS Quarterly, Volume 13, Number 1, $3.00.
St. Paul UCC records, 1839-1939 formerly St. Paul Evangelical
Church, Belleville. On Church Records Volume One.