Logo: St. Clair County Courthouse completed in 1861
St. Clair County Genealogical
|The first county in Illinois, created in 1790 while still part of the Northwest Territory|
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. )
- Printed and bound compilations of any length with supporting documents or sources of the facts presented are preferred.
- Electronic files when these include your genealogy software program's viewer, or, when exported into the latest version of Word or portable document format (pdf).Be aware that CD Rom or other electronic files are not updated or migrated to more modern software, thereby rendering the longevity of files in this format very short-lived. In addition, CDs are not catalogued and may be difficult to locate in the collection. Electronic files may only be viewed on the library Archives’ computer.
Your cover letter to SCCGS should include
- Your contact information
- 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.
- The number of generations covered
- Names of the earliest St Clair County or earliest Illinois ancestor(s)
- Years covered in the compilation
- A typewritten or electronic list of St. Clair County surnames mentioned in the compilation.
Alternate means of sharingWrite 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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