Support the educational goals of St. Clair County Genealogical Society, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. We are grateful for our volunteers’ donations of time and talent, and your monetary donations in any amount. Some acquisitions and accomplishments made possible by donors and members at large.


Financial support

  1. Donate with PayPal (right margin) –  use your own credit card; you do not need to sign up for a PayPal account. Or, mail your check payable to the St. Clair County Genealogical Society to P.O. Box 431, Belleville, IL 62222-0431.
  2. Donate when you shop through AmazonSmile (see below).


Remember SCCGS in your will

The Society was fortunate to be one of the recipients from two bequests: Martha Mae Schmidt, and Shirley White Kunz.

  • Our non-profit EIN number is (37-1063435). To verify our tax exempt status, visit the IRS website Tax Exempt Organizations Search.  Select the Search Tool
    • Search by: Choose by Organization
    • Type exactly (or copy/paste) our name, St. Clair County Genealogical Society
    • Scroll down to see our status.

Contact the SCCGS President.


Donate time or talent


Our long-distance members can share time and talents with “the locals.” Projects can be tailored to match your needs.

Some areas you can help: word processing and/or spreadsheet software knowledge, indexing, transcribing, scheduling lectures, project oversight, tombstone readings, provide photocopies, translate German into English, or volunteer to serve on our Board or as an assistant.  Contact us.


Articles for our Quarterly or a short quip for our eNews are welcome. Not a writer? Leave the editing to us. The member site posts examples and guidelines. Not a member yet? Contact our editors here.


Publish your family history

Your family history research deserves to be compiled, printed, and bound  in book form for SCCGS’s holdings at the library. Length is of no concern and your word processing or genealogy software are great tools to help you accomplish this labor of love.

Compiled genealogy donation recommendations

Family histories and genealogies may be donated to the St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS) holdings at the Belleville Public Library. Retention is based on the following SCCGS guidelines.

SCCGS recommends genealogists follow the Guidelines for Sharing Information with Others set forth by NGS (the National Genealogical Society).

For accession into the SCCGS holdings, compiled genealogies, pedigrees, or lineage charts which identify living people will be accepted only when accompanied by written permission of each living person represented. (Most software programs have tools to omit living people from exported files.) The Belleville Public Library Archives accession policy may be different.

Acceptable formats

  • Printed and bound compilations of any length with supporting documents or sources of the facts presented are preferred.
  • Electronic files when these include your genealogy software program’s viewer, or, when exported into the latest version of Word or portable document format (pdf).

    Be aware that CD-Rom or other electronic files are not updated or migrated to more modern software, thereby rendering the longevity of files in this format very short-lived. In addition, CDs are not catalogued at the library- ask at their desk. Electronic files may only be viewed on computers in the library’s genealogy department,

Your cover letter to SCCGS should include

  1. Your contact information so that the Board may send a thank you.
  2. Your stated permission allowing SCCGS to share an announcement and/or summary of your compiled genealogy donation with the public in any medium deemed suitable, e.g., SCCGS publications (eNews, Quarterly), social media, and member website.
  3. The number of generations covered.
  4. Names of the earliest St Clair County or earliest Illinois ancestor(s).
  5. Years covered in the compilation.
  6. typewritten or electronic list of St. Clair County surnames mentioned in the compilation.

Alternate means of sharing

Write a short history of the family or one family group for publication in the SCCGS Quarterly. Contact the Quarterly Editor for guidelines or read these on our member website.

If you have questions, contact us.


Donate used genealogy books

We thank you for considering SCCGS as the recipient of a genealogy collection. All of SCCGS’s holdings are at the Belleville Public Library (BPL) Archives which limits what SCCGS can accept and disperse. Considering a limited number of volunteers able to pick up, inventory, store, and oversee placement of donated books, the following guidelines were established (November 2020).

  • Periodicals are not accepted. Only soft cover or hardcover books are accepted.
  • The family or donor must
    • Type and email a list specifying each title/ author/ year published / general condition to
      the (so that the library can adequately identify each book)
    • Email a letter of donation specifically stating that the family “grants SCCGS the authority
      to use and/or dispose of the materials as the Society deems best.”
    • Please note that this process might take 2 to 4 weeks before SCCGS is ready to accept the books.
    • Note also that duplicates of books already on the BPL shelves will be dispersed as SCCGS sees fit.

Once the above 2 emails are received, SCCGS Publications Distribution volunteer will coordinate a time for the family/donor to deliver books to SCCGS at the storage unit in Belleville at a prearranged time. The Publications Distribution manager will verify the books received are those on the list.


Amazon Smile logo

The St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS) is now part of AmazonSmile. Every time you shop on, a small percentage (0.5%) of your purchases will be donated to the SCCGS at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU!

To support SCCGS’s educational efforts through AmazonSmile – create you account at then search for and choose St Clair County Genealogical Society as your preferred charity. Then, remember to login to AmazonSmile *before* you begin to shop/purchase so that SCCGS receives a Smile donation!

Remember, you *must* shop through for SCCGS to receive a Smile donation! AmazonSmile.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop. It is available on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose from over one million organizations to support.

How do I select a charitable organization to support with AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization to receive donations from your future eligible AmazonSmile purchases. Type St Clair County Genealogical Society and choose the image; the Society name will now appear in the AmazonSmile menu bar and will remember your selected charity whenever you shop at or with AmazonSmile activated in the Amazon Shopping app, and then every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation for your selected charity.

AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the program.

To *change* your organization of choice, click the down arrow/carrot next to your choice on the AmazonSmile menu bar.

How do I shop with AmazonSmile?

To use AmazonSmile, simply go to on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone within the Settings or Programs & Features menu. On your web browser, you can add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping with AmazonSmile.

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