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Previous lectures and handouts are available on the Member website.
“Using Ortssippenbücher to Research Your German Ancestors”
October 5, 2023 7:00 p.m. (Central).

 “The Booker T. Washington Cemetery Project”

Register here for this free presentation

Kris Wade, SCCGS’s Project Coordinator, will share the progress of transcribing the records of this cemetery and some of the challenges or interesting facts discovered along the way.

Historically, the Booker T. Washington cemetery has approximately 12,000 burials of many local African American residents, some who were born into slavery.  Though now abandoned, each one of the individuals buried there has a story and a history that is important to share with not only the surrounding area, but also with the people of Illinois.  Efforts by community members hope to secure National Historic Register status for this important burial ground in the future.


October 7, 2023 (SATURDAY)
10:00 a.m. (Central).

“Genealogy Gems in a Pile of Documents.”Genealogy classes schedule

The third and last free genealogy class session (PDF) will be hosted by the St. Clair County Genealogical Society at the Belleville Public Library. Each session is geared toward adult learners.

Please register by calling (618) 234-0441 to facilitate seating arrangements.

Details: This session demonstrates information found in St. Clair County records over two centuries. Historical church, court cases, deeds, military, probate files, and vital records may hold just the clue to break down a brick wall in your research. Resources that further explain the strengths, weaknesses, and accessibility of these records will complete the presentation.

October 28, 2023
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Central).

It’s Family History Month – Genealogy Meet Up

SCCGS members will help you navigate the wealth of genealogy research materials available at the Belleville Public Library Archives and Genealogy Department.

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Could you use a bit of direction on your research? Come ask the team for suggestions.

No registration is required and all are welcome!

November 2, 2023
7:00 p.m. (Central).

Annual meeting.

“Introduction to Family Tree Maker – Building Your Family Tree.”

Register in advance at this link

This 1.5 hour program is geared toward new and experienced researchers. How is the current software version different from others, how is it installed, what are the basic tree building tools, and how does it interact with and FamilySearch? Family Tree Maker partner product plug-ins, Charting Companion and Family Book Creator, will also be discussed.

Presenter: Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical and genealogical societies around the world. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Family History from Brigham Young University with a Spanish records emphasis.


December 7, 2023
7:00 p.m. (Central).

“SCCGS at Work” and 2024 Officer Installation

Register in advance at this link.

Ever wonder just what goes on behind the scenes here at the St. Clair County Genealogical Society? Join us to learn how each committee on the SCCGS Board goes about tasks under his/her care.

Presenters: SCCGS Committee chairs



January 4, 2024
7:00 p.m. (Central).

“East Side Mishpachah: Jewish History and Family in Southwestern Illinois”

Register in advance at this link.

Learn about the Jewish communities in East St. Louis and Belleville in this new presentation. You’ll also get tips and resources on researching your family’s roots in southwestern Illinois.

Mishpachah is the Hebrew word for family.  It usually is used to refer to one’s extended family.  It’s pronounced: “Mish-PUK-ah”

Presenter: William P. Shannon IV, Executive Director, St. Clair County Historical Society


February 1, 2024 
7:00 p.m. (Central)

“Postal Service in Early Illinois and Missouri”

Register in advance at this link. Andrew Cooperman

Mail routes in territorial Illinois and early statehood were dearly needed by government officials, pioneers, and settlers. How were the routes established? How reliably could mail be expected? We shall see!

Presenter: Andrew Cooperman. A graduate of McKendree College, Mr. Cooperman earned an MA in History from the University of Toledo in 1988. His work history at archives, libraries, and historic sites includes the Cahokia Courthouse, Pierre Menard Home, and Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. He is an adjunct instructor of History at SWIC. He and his wife of 30 years live in Monroe County.



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