Meetings, lectures, inclement weather

  • Attend free lectures on genealogy topics presented the first Thursday of each month. Open to the public. 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.
  • Virtual time and location: 7:00 p.m. (CST) 
  • 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.
  Virtual SCCGS presentations are announced here, precipitated by the pandemic. Members may view video recordings on our member website. We look forward to meeting in the future and ask that you stay with SCCGS in the coming months, or if not already a member, join our efforts to preserve ancestral data.
January 7, 2021

Prepare now for this meeting and presentation, “Breaking through your Brick Genealogy Wall in St. Clair County.” Attendees who opt to submit a research problem also will submit a list of specific records already searched. For example:

  • A biography said my ancestor was born about 1850 in [state] and was in St. Clair in 1880 until his death about 1900. I can’t find him or his family in the federal census or in ones for that state 1850-1870.
  • My ancestor was last shown in the 1850 census, but no death certificate or cemetery record exists for him.

No brick wall? Ask our panel any St. Clair County question and we’ll do our best to answer. DNA, French (Lorraine area), German, resources in St. Clair County, and seasoned military researchers await your question.

To register, click this link.

February 4, 2021

“Archaeology in Your Backyard.” All you wanted to know, but never had the chance to ask about archaeology investigations in Illinois.

Mera Hertel oversees graphic productions at the American Bottom Field Station of the Illinois State Archaeological Survey. Managing ABFS’s production and photography team, she coordinates the design and assemblage of high-quality photographic figures, maps, and illustrations for use in reports, publications, and various media works. She produces and assembles reports in-house, and routinely trains supervisory staff in field photography procedures. Mera oversees ABFS’s digital photographic collections, historic map archives, and digital library. She serves as a cartographer, photographer, illustrator, researcher, and site file coordinator.

Mera’s general areas of interest include the prehistory and history of the American Bottom region in Illinois. In her spare time, she enjoys documenting and helping to restore lost and forgotten cemeteries throughout St. Clair, Madison and Monroe Counties. Over the years she’s conducted many large-scale volunteer cemetery restoration projects, documented thousands of unrecorded graves, and photographed over 50 private prehistoric artifact collections as well as many historical documents & books.

To register for this free virtual event, click this link.

March 4, 2021

From Seminary to University: 193 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.

The Zoom registration link will be posted in February.

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