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St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS)
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New Book Releases
******** Released July 14, 2012*******
Church Records Volume One on CD
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; 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; and Oak Hill Baptist Church (1851-1863) near O'Fallon. Of these, Unity United, now called First Baptist Church Fairview Heights, has never before been published. 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.
Two old, largely German, Belleville churches round out this CD: Zion Lutheran's baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and deaths from 1861 when the church began through its centennial in 1961 (386 pages), and more than 3800 burials of St. Peter's Catholic church 1859 - 1909. Zion Lutheran's records, now on CD-Rom, was translated from German, St. Peter's from Latin.
Together with the CD of 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. PC and Mac compatible in Adobe Reader®, $25.00,
St. Clair County, Illinois Research and Resources, A Genealogist's Guide.
Indexed, 133 pages, 22 illustrations including 3 maps, perfect bound.
$17.50 each. 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
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
Probated and Unprobated Will Index, 1772-1964, St. Clair Co., IL.
TOMBSTONE / CEMETERY INVENTORIES
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. $10.00.
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.
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.
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.
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.