Sacred Heart (Dupo) Catholic Parish Records
Compilation copyright by Gloria Dettleff
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Frequent flooding of the Mississippi River at East Carondelet forced the relocation in 1914 of the parish then called St. Joseph (1890). The congregation was a mission church of Holy Family Church in Cahokia. The new church and parish was called Sacred Heart in Diocese of Belleville; a second church was built in 1989. In 1999 the parish again became ministered by the priest residing at Holy Family. Today (2021) Sacred Heart parish is partnered with Immaculate Conception, Columbia. Sacred Heart Parish priests (1914–1990) were Rev. John Wiemar, Rev. Bernard Moorman, Rev. Patrick Slattery, Rev. Edmund A. Lugge, Rev. Meinard Dunn, Rev. Joseph Hays, Rev. Robert Keating, Rev. Lloyd Misho, Rev. George Mauck, and Rev. Emil Maziarz. The parish operated a school from 1923 to 1971.
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- 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. If the image is unsatisfactory (much ink bled through), request help from the Archives of the Diocese of Belleville at (618) 722-5057.
- Earlier church records were written entirely in Latin and translated to give the gist of the meaning to the best of the compiler’s ability. More recent entries may be written in English.
- Square brackets [ ] indicate wording added by the compiler to clarify an entry.
- Researchers are urged to correlate information here with that found in other records before forming conclusions about a person, family, or relationship. Further research.
- 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.
- Some priests recorded more information than others.
- Baptisms up to 1930 are on microfilm in SCCGS holdings at the Belleville Public Library and St. Louis County Library on Lindbergh. Find the microfilm roll for this parish here.
- The place baptized mentioned in these records is a clue to former residence. An age, year of birth, or birth date may be mentioned.
- The decedent’s age, place of death and burial, parents, and/or spouse are recorded.
Sample citation to a specific record in this database
Gloria Dettleff, compiler, “Sacred Heart (Dupo) [Illinois]) Catholic Marriages (1922 – 1931),” St. Clair County Genealogical Society (https://stclair-ilgs.org : date viewed) ; [ancestor’s name, date of baptism].
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- 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) and as a benefit on the Member website. 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.
- Diocese of Belleville (https://www.diobelle.org/directory/parishes/sacred-heart-of-jesus-dupo : viewed 1 June 2021).
- Diocese of Belleville. History of the Diocese of Belleville. Strasbourg, France: Éditions du Signe. 2011.
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