Meetings, lectures, inclement weather


  • Attend free lectures on genealogy topics presented the first Thursday of each month. Open to the public (list below). If you have a topic of interest to share with fellow researchers please send us an email via Contact. Our Board members conduct business every other month, six times per year.
  • Time and location: 7:00 p.m., St. Luke Parish Center, North Church and East “C” Sts., Belleville, Illinois (cross-corner from church).  Map
  • Inclement Weather Policy: Meeting is canceled if District 118 Schools are closed on meeting day. Check local TV and radio stations for those updates.
  • Last minute changes are posted to SCCGS Facebook.
  Come ask vexing research questions or share your latest discovery at our regularly scheduled meetings, visitors always welcome. Keep the conversation going! Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
July 2, 2020

Hands-On Genealogy. Attendees will examine documents and mine for nuggets of information in family research, monitored by Diane Walsh. Please come prepared to participate in open discussions. 

Diane has lectured on several genealogical topics. She is currently the 2nd Vice President of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society. She’s the author of St. Clair County, Illinois Research and Resources: A Genealogist’s Guide, and has written two books on her ancestors.

August 6, 2020

From Seminary to University: 192 Years of History in the McKendree Archives. McKendree Archivist Deborah Houk provides a brief history of McKendree University, and her job as an archivist versus an historian. She covers what types of materials can be found in the Archives and how to access them; their digitized materials and how to request information from the Archives.

Deborah was born and raised in Belleville. She attended Belleville Area College (now Southwestern Illinois College) and transferred to McKendree College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in History. She then attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, where she earned a master’s degree in Library Science. After working as the librarian at the Belleville News-Democrat, she started at McKendree in 1996. In 2010, she took over as the university’s Archivist in addition to her other job duties.

September 3, 2020

French North American Research Resources. Larry Franke’s presentation will briefly cover resources for Acadians and other French-speaking Catholics, as well as for the Protestant Huguenots. Types of materials discussed will include census, church and notarial records, surname books, histories, city directories, maps, periodicals and guidebooks, in addition to bilingual and genealogical dictionaries.

Larry has been a reference librarian in the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library for almost twenty years. Prior to that, he taught English to refugees and immigrants for many years.

October 1, 2020 To be announced
November 5, 2020 To be announced
December 3, 2020 To be announced


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