Holy Angels (East St. Louis) Catholic Parish Records
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About the Parish
Holy Angels Parish was organized in 1924 in the Landsdowne subdivision of East St. Louis (at 37tyh Street and Caseyville Avenue). Farm buildings on the new parish property were torn down and reused to erect “the pavilion”‘ which served as Holy Angels Church until the new church was dedicated on 29 Oct 1950.
Pastors were Msgr. William Trombley, Msgr. C.J. Cunningham, Father Emil Maziarz, Father Clyde Grogan, and Father Stephen Humphrey.
The parish closed in 1982 due to decline during the prior decade. The convent was repurposed as a shelter for the homeless.
The records, this database, caveats
- Names and phrases in Latin were translated to give the gist of the meaning to the best of the compiler’s ability. More recent entries may be written in English. Given names abbreviated in the church book are spelled out when the English equivalent is certain (Elizabeth for Eliz., Louis for Ludovicus). When no apparent equivalent was known or ambiguous, the Latin name or initials were transcribed.
- Square brackets [ ] indicate wording added by the compiler to clarify an entry.
- Researchers are urged to correlate information here with that found in other records.
- Terminology reflects the time period and Roman Catholic Canon Law, both have changed over time.
- Cramped handwriting, faint images, possible transcription errors, and names spelled phonetically or with diacritical marks will undoubtedly affect this compilation. Search tips may help locate an ancestor’s name if misspelled.
- Some priests recorded more information than others.
- Baptisms 1924–1930 and some later indexes are on in microfilm holdings of the SCCGS at the Belleville Public Library. See reels 16 and 17 in this descriptive finding aid, courtesy SCCGS. No images are online following FamilySearch’s own guidelines.
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Sample citation to a specific record in this database
Gloria Dettleff, compiler, “Holy Angels (Belleville [Illinois]) Catholic Church Marriages (1924 – 1982),” St. Clair County Genealogical Society (https://stclair-ilgs.org : date viewed) ; [ancestor’s name, date of marriage].
Sample citation to a digital image of the original church register
FamilySearch provides a citation with each image on its website.
- Latin language aids
- French language word list
- Given names translated from French and Latin into English, courtesy American-French Genealogical Society.
The Messenger: Catholic Newspaper of the Diocese of Belleville: Commemorating Our Time of Favor, April 24, 1988. 1988. See pages 133, 146, 151.
St. John’s Orphanage edition of The Messenger. History of the Diocese of Belleville. Belleville, Ill: Publisher Joseph Nicholas Buechler. 1919.
St. Clair County Genealogical Society, PO Box 431, Belleville, IL 62222-0431.
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