Compiled genealogy donation recommendations

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St. Clair County Genealogical
Society (SCCGS)

Helping genealogists discover their Illinois roots since 1977

The first county in Illinois, created in 1790 while still part of the Northwest Territory

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Compiled genealogy donation recommendations

Family histories and genealogies may be donated to the St Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS) Collection which is housed at the Belleville Public Library. Retention is based on SCCGS guidelines.

SCCGS recommends genealogists follow the Standards for Sharing your genealogy information set by the National Genealogical Society.

Compiled genealogies, pedigrees, or lineage charts which identify living people will not be accepted by SCCGS unless accompanied by written permission of each living person represented. (Most software programs have tools to omit living people from exported files. )

Acceptable Formats

Your cover letter to SCCGS should include

  1. Your contact information
  2. Your stated permission to share your donation in part or in its entirety with the public, including your contact information, by any means determined suitable by the SCCGS. Examples of how SCCGS might share your donation are as an announcement or summary in its publications (Newsletter, Quarterly), social media, and member website.
  3. The number of generations covered
  4. Names of the earliest St Clair County or earliest Illinois ancestor(s)
  5. Years covered in the compilation
  6. A typewritten or electronic list of St. Clair County surnames mentioned in the compilation.

Alternate means of sharing

Write a short history of the family or one family group for publication in the SCCGS Quarterly. Contact the Quarterly Editor for guidelines or read these on its website. The Quarterly is published four times a year and distributed to its members; the article title and surnames appear on the society’s public website.

St. Clair County Genealogical Society
PO Box 431
Belleville, IL 62222-0431

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Information may be linked to but not copied. Posted March 2014. Authorized by SCCGS Board of Directors.