Who we are and what we do
SCCGS is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), all-volunteer group of genealogists founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1978. Our office is virtual, the Society’s holdings at the Belleville Public Library Archives are available to the public during its operating hours.
Our members abstract, transcribe, translate, and index many, many, St. Clair County records of genealogical importance. These resources are preserved in books and in our award-winning Quarterly, a 60-page tome issued four times a year for members. Timely topics reach members and the general pubic in our eight-page Newsletter and Facebook page. Monthly events feature speakers on genealogy topics, open to the public at no charge. We showcase SCCGS at national or regional conferences when held within driving distance and host an all-day conference of our own on occasion. Together, these are ways SCCGS fulfills its educational purpose.
Our members reside across the United States and a few countries abroad. Annual membership is the basis for significant acquisitions of genealogical importance which we share at the Belleville Public Library. Whether new to genealogy or seasoned researchers, our members are passionate about preserving and safeguarding records of genealogical value.
SCCGS is a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS).
Board Members 2019
SCCGS is entirely staffed by volunteers. Email representatives of the Society
- at firstname.lastname@example.org or
- click Contact Us on the main menu above.
President: Ed Bachesta
1st VP / Programs: open (arranges for monthly speakers)
2nd VP: Frank Klostermann
Secretary: Robert “Bob” McDonald
Treasurer: Susan Stammer
Standing Committee Chairpersons
Budget and Finance: Laura Steiner
Church and Cemetery: Teri E Bromley
Education Chair: Carol Dawson
Membership Chair: Elizabeth Brown
Newsletter and Query Editor: Terry Klingemann
Publicity Chair: Janice Carlson
Publication Processing Coordinator Chair: Janice Carlson, assistant
Parliamentarian: Carol Van Hook
Quarterly Editor: Francesca M Williams
Research Chair: Bonnie Decker
Historian: Donna Watson
Mailing Coordinator and Hospitality: Elizabeth Holdgraf
Surname Index: Elizabeth Brown
Webmaster: Diane Walsh
This history of SCCGS’s early years was taken from a history published in the St. Clair County Genealogical Society Quarterly (1987).
Milestones achieved by the Society’s volunteers continue to grow from the efforts expended by a few enthusiastic genealogists back in 1977. Here are more recent achievements.
1977: 19 May – Eighteen people gathered to explore organizing a St. Clair County Genealogical Society; temporary officers selected. June – 40 persons were present. 7 July – First public lecture held. September – Post office box 431 rented; Society bylaws adopted. November, December – officers elected and installed for 1978.
1978: January – dues set at $7.00. June – First issue of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society Quarterly published (48 pages). August – society incorporated with State of Illinois, membership 176.
1979: Non-profit mailing permit received in February. March – SCCGS – Belleville Public Library agreement formulated. July – membership 262. September: First workshop (conference) held.
1980: July – Code of Ethics adopted; Cemetery Committee formed.
1981: June – Masthead with courthouse created. Membership 381 that December.
1982: March – joined the Federation of Genealogical Societies. ISGS award received in October. Membership reached 400.
1983: August – first visit and lecture by Roland Paul, then associate director of the Heimatstelle Pfalz in Kaiserslautern, Germany. 259 cemeteries identified in the county.
1984: Six cemetery books published. Society begins major project to publish St. Clair County History book (completed in 1988).
1985: ISSN -0882-6528 (International Standard Serial Number) received; second workshop held.
1986: July – SCCGS, with five other groups, provide funding to microfilm the WPA Index to East St. Louis Newspapers located at the East St. Louis Public Library. Quarterly editor received ISGS award.
1987: Two more cemetery books published during the Society’s 10th anniversary year.
Here are more recent achievements.
The old nostalgic courthouse with its four tall, stone columns, is the St. Clair County Genealogical Society logo. Built in 1861, some genealogically valuable old record books were discarded when the building was demolished in 1972.
The logo serves as a tribute to our past, reminds us of the records lost, and silently urges us to achieve some of the purposes set forth by the Society.
The green and yellow colors of the Society reflect colors found in flags of both the St. Clair County the city of Belleville. They remind us of the fertile fields that drew many of our ancestors to the area and crops produced by their labor.
As defined in our Bylaws, the St. Clair County Genealogical Society aspires to:
- Preserve and perpetuate ancestral records for educational and historical purposes;
- Encourage the study of family history and to teach the methods of genealogical research;
- Promote genealogical publications;
- Promote the preservation and safeguarding of genealogical data; and
- Publish and circulate literature relative to the purposes and acquisitions of the Society.
We invite you to help us sustain this mission by becoming a member.
St. Clair County Genealogical Society, PO Box 431, Belleville, IL 62222-0431.
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