Immaculate Conception (Centerville, Illinois) Catholic Parish Records
Compilation copyright by Gloria Dettleff
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Immaculate Conception parish was formed in 1858 (1880), then in the Alton Diocese until 1887 when the Diocese of Belleville was formed. Many French settlers continued to attend Holy Family Church in Cahokia after they moved to Centreville. A parish school opened in 1886, staffed by Precious Blood sisters. A new church was built in 1962. In 1972 the parish merged with St. Regis (East St. Louis) which itself closed in 2006.
About these records, this database, caveats, citation, research ideas
About these records, this database, caveats
- The Society and the compiler recommend researchers verify information provided on the SCCGS website with the original record extracted from images are online at FamilySearch. Also, verify the actual place buried with the cemetery sexton’s book, an obituary, funeral card, death certificate, or probate record. Courthouse, IRAD, and library addresses.
- Researchers are urged to correlate information here with that found in other records before forming conclusions about a person, family, or relationship. Further research (scroll down).
- Baptism images through 23 December 1930 are available on microfilm (see sidebar).
- If the image is unsatisfactory (much ink bled through), request help from the Archives of the Diocese of Belleville at (618) 722-5057.
- Square brackets [ ] indicate wording added by the compiler to clarify an entry.
- Terminology reflects the time period and Roman Catholic Canon Law, both have changed over time.
- Cramped handwriting, faint images, possible transcription errors, and names spelled phonetically or with diacritical marks will undoubtedly affect this compilation. Search tips may help locate an ancestor’s name if misspelled.
- Given names abbreviated in the church book are spelled out when the English equivalent is certain (Elizabeth for Eliz., Louis for Ludovicus). When no apparent equivalent was known or ambiguous, the Latin name or initials were transcribed.
Sample citation to a specific record in this database
Gloria Dettleff, compiler, “Immaculate Conception (Centerville, Illinois) Catholic Marriages (1880 – 1931),” St. Clair County Genealogical Society (https://stclair-ilgs.org : date viewed) ; [ancestor’s name, date of burial].
Sample citation to a digital image of the original church register
The FamilySearch website provides a citation with each record.
- If a person died in Missouri 1910-1968, access their death certificate on the Missouri Secretary of State web site.
- The Illinois State Archives’ Statewide Death Index (1916 – 1950) is the gateway to order less expensive death certificates through the Illinois State Genealogical Society than the County Clerk’s office.
- Deaths and Stillbirths filed at the St. Clair County Courthouse (1878–1916) are abstracted in the SCCGS Quarterly, Volumes 31–43 (2008–2020). Use the surname index and Table of Contents to hone a search.
- Latin language aids
- French language aids
- Given names translated from French and Latin into English , courtesy American-French Genealogical Society.
- Burnett, Betty. A Time of Favor: The Story of the Catholic Family of Southern Illinois. St. Louis, Mo.: Patrice Press, 1987.
- Diocese of Belleville. Centennial Heritage Festival and Picnic, Sunday, September 27. Belleville, Ill.: The Diocese, 1987.
- ______. “Location of Old Parish Records.” https://www.diobelle.org/canonical-affairs/archives/list-of-closed-parishes : viewed 13 December 2021.
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