SCCGS’s cemetery committee was the recipient of state and national awards for its work preserving records of more than 370 cemeteries throughout St. Clair. Chief among these hardworking dedicated people are the former co-chairs, now deceased, Else E. Schmidt and Martha Mae Schmidt. Volunteers continue their legacy, contact SCCGS.

On-site tombstone readings may provide family historians with birth and death dates before statewide vital records were required in 1916.

On our websites

  • Tombstone Surname Index in books published up to 2008 by SCCGS in about 150 of the 370+ cemeteries in the county.
  • Surnames for cemetery inventories published after 2008 are available on our books page
  • A list of cemeteries with location, notes, and book availability county-wide in St. Clair
  • Information on:
    • Booker T. Washington Cemetery, Centreville – history of records preserved for this historic African-American burial site.
    • Mt. Hope Cemetery, Belleville – burial records available, maps, history.
    • St. Clair Memorial Park Cemetery (Canteen-Stites Township) — a transcription from cemetery lot cards.
    • Walnut Hill Cemetery (Belleville)
      • Monument photographs for a few areas of the cemetery
      • Names and dates transcribed from Lot Cards for about  23,000 of the 31,000 people buried here from 1878-1992.
      • The Original sexton’s books (1855-1878) and other tools are online, courtesy of Belleville City Hall here.
      • Our website’s search box (upper right) may help locate burials documented on our Walnut Hill webpages (look for Walnut Hill among the ‘hits’).
  • The Classroom in the member site showcases new information about St.Clair’s cemeteries.



Cemetery tombstones read, and the corresponding published books are for sale with a name index for each publication, a supplement the Tombstone Surname Index (link above). 

Note: The 2001 edition of the Shiloh Valley Township Cemeteries book has incorrect tombstone data for the old Holy Childhood of Jesus Cemetery located on Rt. 177. Holy Childhood inscriptions no longer appear in the 2011 edition of Shiloh Valley Township Cemeteries. The corrected listing for Holy Childhood of Jesus appears in the Mascoutah Township Cemeteries book, published 2011.

Consult our Research Guide, not only for records held by SCCGS, but also for resources held at the local, state, and national level.



Since the Society’s humble beginnings in 1977, the Quarterly has unique articles about St. Clair County cemeteries.


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