Meetings, lectures, inclement weather

  • Attend free lectures on genealogy topics presented the first Thursday of each month. Open to the public. We invite you to join our efforts to preserve ancestral data.  Contact SCCGS Board members who conduct business every other month, six times per year.
  • Virtual time and location: 7:00 p.m. (CST) 
  • Inclement Weather Policy: Meetings in person are 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.
Thursday unless noted otherwise.


With permission, lectures and slides are posted on the SCCGS Member website for about four months.

October 7, 2021 What Your Mother Didn’t Teach You, You Can Learn In the Newspaper
Register in advance for this virtual presentation presented by Greg Wade.

Historical newspapers are an open window into the past where you can learn much more than basic genealogical information such as dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths. They can be used to find lost ancestors, validate family legends, and even discover family secrets that your Mother never told you. Mr. Wade will provide an overview of historical St. Clair County newspapers and how they can be accessed using a variety of free and paid online sites. An overview of how to get the most out of online newspaper sites along with tips and tricks for doing research in online newspapers will be discussed using a series of discoveries made during the presenter’s own research. Although this presentation will highlight St. Clair County newspapers, the research tips and tricks provided are applicable when performing any online newspaper research.

November 4, 2021

Election of Officers for 2022, 2023.

St. Clair County’s Circuit Court Naturalization Records
Register in advance for this virtual meeting

Following a brief overview of the naturalization process, tonight’s virtual lecture will focus on the physical location and accessibility of declaration and naturalization records held by the Circuit Court. Images of these records, particularly after 1905 plus a few tips to determine where and when an ancestor may have naturalized will be provided.

Diane M. Walsh, presenter, is the author of genealogy research guides at the local and national level and two books on her ancestors. An active volunteer since 1983 for the St. Clair County Genealogical Society, she is its current webmaster.

December 2, 2021 Lecture to be announced.  Officers installed.


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