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Copyright 2011. Gloria Dettleff, translator, compiler.
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About the Parish and Using the DatabaseSt. Liborius Catholic Church was founded in 1838 by Germans who emigrated five years earlier from the Osnabrück area in today’s western Germany. Today’s St. Libory Village was originally known as Mud Creek, then the Libory Settlement. It is located in southern St. Clair County, Illinois and about 40 miles from St. Louis, Missouri. History by St. Liborius Parish. And here is a St. Libory Village History.
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- Verify information provided here with the original record. Read these instructions to access free online images on the Family Search website, and to access microfilm in person - a project funded by SCCGS.
- The church registers were written in Latin with a few entries in German before translation into English.See Translation Aids link above.
- Spelling of last names may vary greatly in 19th century records like these. For example, the Terveer surname appears as Van De Fere, Terfere, and Terver. Remember too that when pronounced, many German letters sound similar and could be used interchangeably, D and T; B and P; F and V, and W and V, for example.
- Children might be baptized with 2 or 3 forenames, but would be known by the "rufname" or the "call name" which could be the first, second, or third forename. The "rufname" is sometimes underlined in the original church registers but is not duplicated in the online database.
- Some families reused names of deceased children.
- All names abbreviated in the original register were spelled out in the database and should be verified with other records.
- Other information added by the compiler appears in square brackets- [ ]
- Most early records appear chronologically on unnumbered pages although a few burial records are out of sequence.
- Infant deaths in burial records might be interpreted two ways, as Infant John, or as Infant of John. Baptismal records might clarify the entry.
- Occasionally marriage records were recorded amongst the baptisms, for example. Such cases appear in the appropriate marriage database on this website.
Sample Citation to a Specific Online Database Entry[Ancestor's name] entry; Gloria Dettleff, compiler, "Baptisms A-F 1839-1906: St. Liborius Catholic Church, St. Libory, Illinois," database, St. Clair County Genealogical Society (www.stclair-ilgs.org/stlibbpt_a.htm : accessed [date viewed] ).
Sample Citation to the Online Digital Image in the Original Church Register[Ancestor's name] baptismal entry, St. Liborius Catholic Church (St. Libory, Ill.), Liber Baptizatorum [ year span of register], no page, chronological; digital image, "Illinois, Diocese of Belleville Catholic Parish Records 1729-1956," FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : [date viewed] ).
- Latin language aids
- French language aids
- Given names translated from French and Latin into English , courtesy American-French Genealogical Society.
- Shea, Jonathan D. and William F. Hoffman. Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide. Teanech, New Jersey: Avotaynu, Inc., 1994.
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