The St. Clair County Courthouse completed in 1861

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

Institutions with St. Clair County Records

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St. Clair County Courthouse
10 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220
Mail correspondence to the attention of a particular office. County Clerk (birth, marriages, deaths); Circuit Clerk--Probate Division (wills, estates); other St. Clair courthouse offices

The Belleville Public Library has all SCCGS Collections plus microfilm copies of records from county offices, courtesy SCCGS, its volunteers, and donors.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
c/o - Special Collections - Morris Library - 6632
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-6632
(618) 453-3040
IRAD handles county and municipal records and acts as the official depository for St. Clair documents and records released for public use and research (some births, great marriage licenses and certificates, deed indexes, probate case files, jail records.)

Free research by interns in historical disciplines. Copies are billed at cost. Explore links on the IRAD homepage for St. Clair's county and municipal record groups outlined in the site's Local Governmental Records Database, record group descriptions, the IRAD contact information, and research policy.

Pre-statehood (1818) records for St. Clair County are at the Illinois State Archives (ISA). The ISA manages IRAD. The websites, under the direction of the Secretary of State, look very similar and some St. Clair vital records are indexed on the ISA site (read more below).

Belleville Public Library

The official depository for ALL SCCGS holdings and acquisitions.
Illinois State Archives
Norton Building
Springfield, IL 62756
(217) 782-4866
Click the Databases link for St. Clair County marriage index 1763 to 1905, Chancery Court Index 18151870 (divorce, land division among heirs) and the Servitude and Emancipation Record. Pre-statehood St. Clair County records and the Perrin Collection are also stored at the ISA.

Statewide databases include Illinois Soldiers in various wars, marriage index, death certificates index 1916 - 1950, and 19th Century Illinois Public Domain Land Sales. The Illinois State Genealogical Society offers a copy service for death certificates at a reduced fee.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street,
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone for
Reference Desk: 217.524.6358.
Manuscripts: 217.558.8855.
Newspaper microfilm interlibrary loan. 217.785.7941.
Illinois State Library
300 South Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 782-7596
Great source for maps on interlibrary loan.
NARA National Archives Records Administration See the Genealogy Page for often used and requested records.
BLM Bureau of Land Management Online Public Domain land purchase database for several states after 1820 (but for Illinois also includes Military Tract purchases from 1817-forward). Dates reflect patent issued date. The Illinois State Archives' database is more comprehensive.
FamilySearch Free federal census and "Illinois, Diocese of Belleville" church registers online. Search the Family History Library Catalog for microfilm available on interlibrary loan to the Family History Center near you.
Missouri History Museum
P.O. Box 11940
St. Louis MO 63112-0040
(314) 746-4510
Search the Genealogy and Local History Index by name and subject.
About 1,000 Illinois soldiers died in St. Louis military hospitals and camps 13 October 1861 to 22 May 1865. Search this list.
(314) 746-4548 fax

St. Clair County Libraries and Historical Societies

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St. Clair County Historical Society 701 E. Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220 (618) 234-0600 Belleville Public Library

Belleville Historical Society P.O. Box 23682 Belleville, IL 62223. Great Belleville Photos

O'Fallon Historical Society 101 West State, O'Fallon, IL 62269. Custodians of the Progress Obituary Index 1898 - present. Index online as .pdf. O'Fallon Public Library 120 Civic Plaza, O'Fallon, IL 62269 (618) 632-3783
Cahokia Public Library 140 Cahokia Park Dr., Cahokia, IL 62206 (618) 332-1491 Caseyville Public Library 419 S. Second St., Caseyville, IL 62232 (618) 345-5848
Collinsville Public Library 408 W. Main, Collinsville, IL 62234 (618) 344-1112 E. St. Louis Public Library 405 N. Ninth St., E. St. Louis, IL 62201 (618) 271-3875 - Good black history collection
Fairview Heights Public Library 10017 Bunkum Rd., Fairview Heights, IL 62208 (618) 398-6586 Freeburg Public Library 407 S. Belleville St., Freeburg, IL 62243 (618) 539-5454 - Home of the Freeburg Historical Society collection, and Freeburg Tribune 1904 - 2010, online images.
Mascoutah Heritage Museum 306 West Main, Mascoutah, IL 62258 (618)566-9774 Mascoutah Public Library 3 W. Church St., Mascoutah, IL 62258 (618) 566-2562
Millstadt Public Library 115 W. Laurel, Millstadt, IL 62260
Millstadt Historical Society, c/o Village Hall, 111 W. Laurel St., Millstadt, Illinois 62260; ph: 618-476-1514.
New Athens District Library 201 N. Van Buren, New Athens, IL 62264 (618) 475-3255

National and Regional Societies

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APG Association for Professional Genealogists
Tips for hiring professionals. Annual Conference
FGS Federation of Genealogical Societies
Annual, national conferences each fall. Coming to Springfield, Illinois, August 7, 8, 9, 10 in 2011 Stop by St. Clair County before or after the conference.
NGS National Genealogical Society

See their accredited online course for beginners and take the first lesson FREE! Annual Conferences held on the National and Regional level.
See their Standards for Genealogical Research

ISGS Illinois State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10195, Springfield, IL 62791-0195.
Site provides links to Illinois county and U.S. State genealogical society web sites, offers death certificates 1916-1948 for a fee, orphan train children to Illinois, statewide cemetery locations, topical index to their quarterly.
BCG Board for Certification of Genealogists
Apply for certification or obtain a list of certified researchers.

Online: Skillbuilding exercises for producing will abstracts, transcribing documents, narrative genealogies, narrative lineages, proof arguments, and kinship-determination projects.

StLGS St. Louis Genealogical Society
Just across the Mississippi River.
StLGS Collections and the NGS Library Collection are at the St. Louis County Library
Marissa H and GS, P.O. Box 47, Marissa, Illinois 62257 | Clinton | GSSI (Southern Illinois) | Monroe CGS and Monroe ILGenWeb | Perry County | Randolph County Gen Soc | other Randolph County site | Washington County The Illinois State Historical Society
The ISHS Journal 1979 - 2006 online.
Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) members have access to all Journal volumes published since 1909 for an additional $10 fee. More about ISHS membership .

More Good Links

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Belleville area web site

Belleville Photos

Belleville High School Yearbooks

Belleville - another site

Gustave Koerner House Restoration

Labor and Industry Museum

The Greater Belleville, Saint Clair County, Illinois ... an illustrated sequel to Belleville, Illinois, Illustrated. (1910). Original author J. A. Reid, (James Allan Reid), hosted by The Internet Archive, U of I. (Offsite; free download).

East St. Louis

City Directories: 1900, 1905, 1906, 1912, 1916, 1924, 1926.
Later volumes include Fairmont, National City, Washington Park.

East St. Louis links

1920 census - Lithuanians and Russians / St. Clair County Compiled by: Nichole Yakstis


Holy Family Parish Burials 1783c1812

Searchable database of correspondence between/about Catholic French Missions in the Provence of Louisiana and Illinois Country preserved at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.


Mascoutah Obit Index Note: Dates are not the newspaper issue date, but derived from information in the obituary to arrive at this date.

Padfield Cemetery, Summerfield


Millstadt Illinois News (1880-1894)

Millstadt Township landowners taken from an 1874 Atlas

Genealogical Research in Millstadt, Illinois

Zion Evangelical, Millstadt: Confirmations 1866-1916. Most of the 1700 entries give the birthdate of the person being confirmed.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Millstadt, IL; Confirmation Index 1850-1921

Millstadt Historical Society website has the town's history, photos, events, and even some articles compiled by Bob Buecher. Read and enjoy.


Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet. One of the best sites indexing genealogy pages on the net. See the Beginners Section for online courses, charts, and forms.

Understand the Northwest Ordinances of 1785 & 1787

Index, Men Who Served Under George Rogers Clark

1840 Census of Pensioners Revolutionary or Military Services

German and American Sources for German Emigration

Germans to America (vol. 1-9) book review

Sons Of Spanish American War Veterans - Nelson A. Miles Camp No. 610 in St. Clair


Biographical sketch index, St. John's Orphanage Edition of The Messenger - History of the Diocese of Belleville [1919]).

Illinois Newspaper Finding Aid

St. Clair County Newspapers on hand and indexed at the Belleville Public Library


Old Photograph Identification
Cabinet cards and cartes de visite

Penny Postcards from Illinois

Query Links

St. Clair County families. Let's collaborate!

St. Clair County Query Pages hosted on the GenWeb site.

St. Louis
St. Louis Obit Index
Some St. Clair County people died in St. Louis.

St. Marcus United Church of Christ, St. Louis, Missouri Marriages 1847 - 1865 (some people born in or current resident of Illinois) St. Clair

St. Clair County - Other

The Internet Archive for free St Clair County historical reference books. Try these terms in their search box: Illinois AND st clair AND [a topic, e.g., census, Belleville, or coal]

Illinois Trails Miscellaneous info and 1860 Federal Census index and transcription

St. Clair GenWeb pages. for Volunteer "Lookups", query postings, and 1930 federal census abstracts

Evangelical and Reformed/ United Church of Christ registers for some St. Clair church registers.


Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville In progress

Association for Gravestone Studies
- See FAQs which include Do's and Don'ts, Cleaning, Photographing, Tools for Resetting Stones.

Political Graveyards in USA. Links include biographies and burial places of politicians nationwide.


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St. Clair County Genealogical Society

Monthly lectures, free and open to the public. Come and visit!

Online genealogy classes

Read this Evaluation of Home Study and Online Genealogy Programs

Family History Library Research Series Online

Learn to Read old German Handwriting, Irish church, civil records, immigration. England: several sub-categories. U.S.: several sub-categories. Learn to use a Research Log, Correspondence Log, and the Family History Library catalog.

Free Online Classes at FamilySearch.

NGS National Genealogical Society

Accredited online course for beginners, national conference information, bible records project.

"Attend" a conference on a small budget. Audiotapes on CD from annual national conferences sponsored by the FGS, NGS, and RootsTech, are available. Lecture tapes    

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