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Government offices holding St. Clair records
St. Clair County Courthouse
Departments
10 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220
(618) 277-6600
Many records or indexes in these offices are already part of the SCCGS holdings at the Belleville Public Library through the efforts of SCCGS, its volunteers, and donors. The Illinois State Archives (link below) has several indexes online.
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
c/o – Special Collections – Morris Library – 6632
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-6632
(618) 453-3040
 
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IRAD is the official depository for St. Clair documents and records released for public use and research. 

Free research by interns in historical disciplines. Copies are billed at cost when mailed to you.

At IRAD’s homepage, scroll to the bottom for links to Local Governmental Records Database which displays St. Clair records available (some births, great marriage licenses and certificates, deed indexes, probate case files, jail records). Read exactly what data each record may hold, IRAD contact information, and research policy.

St. Clair County’s pre-statehood (1818) records are preserved at the Illinois State Archives (ISA). The ISA oversees IRAD. The websites, under the direction of the Secretary of State, look very similar and some St. Clair vital records are indexed on the ISA site (read more below).

 
Illinois State Archives
Norton Building
Springfield, IL 62756
(217) 782-4866
 
 
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On the ISA site, click the Databases link for St. Clair County
marriage index 1763 to 1905,
Chancery Court Index 1815–1870 (divorce, land division among heirs) and the
Servitude and Emancipation Record
.

Pre-statehood St. Clair County records and the Perrin Collection are preserved at the ISA. Statewide databases include Illinois Soldiers in various wars, marriage index, death certificates index 1916 – 1950, and 19th Century Illinois Public Domain Land Sales. 

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library 
112 North Sixth Street,
Springfield, IL 62701
 
 
Telephone for
Reference Desk: 217.524.6358.
Manuscripts: 217.558.8855.
Newspaper microfilm interlibrary loan. 217.785.7941.
Illinois State Library 
300 South Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701
(217) 782-7596
Great source for maps on interlibrary loan.
NARA National Archives Records Administration See their Genealogy Page for often used and requested records.

BLM Bureau of Land Management

 

Online Public Domain land purchase database for several states after 1820 (but for Illinois also includes Military Tract purchases from 1817-forward). Dates reflect patent issued date. The Illinois State Archives’ database is more comprehensive.
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Missouri History Museum
P.O. Box 11940
St. Louis MO 63112-0040
(314) 746-4510
Search MIssouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index.
Example: About 1,000 Illinois soldiers died in St. Louis military hospitals and camps 13 October 1861 to 22 May 1865.

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St. Clair County based libraries and historical societies

Belleville Public Library
120 East Washington St.,
Belleville, IL  62220

Belleville Historical Society 
P.O. Box 23682
Belleville, IL 62223.   Great Belleville Photos

O’Fallon Historical Society 
101 West State, O’Fallon, IL 62269. Custodians of the Progress Obituary Index 1898 – present.

O’Fallon Public Library 
120 Civic Plaza, O’Fallon, IL 62269   
(618) 632-3783

St. Clair County Historical Society 701 E. Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220   
(618) 234-0600
New Athens District Library 
201 N. Van Buren, New Athens, IL 62264
(618) 475-3255

Cahokia Public Library 140 Cahokia Park Dr., Cahokia, IL 62206 (618) 332-1491

Caseyville Public Library 
419 S. Second St., Caseyville, IL 62232   
(618) 345-5848

Collinsville Public Library 
408 W. Main, Collinsville, IL 62234
(618) 344-1112

E. St. Louis Public Library 
5300 State St., East Saint Louis, Illinois 62203
(618)  397-0991 – Good black history collection

Fairview Heights Public Library 
10017 Bunkum Rd.,
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
(618) 398-6586

 

Freeburg Public Library 
407 S. Belleville St., Freeburg, IL 62243
(618) 539-5454 
Freeburg Tribune 1904 – 2010, online images.
Home of the Freeburg Historical Society collection.

 

Mascoutah Heritage Museum 
306 West Main, Mascoutah, IL 62258
(618) 566-9774

 

Mascoutah Public Library 
3 W. Church St., Mascoutah, IL 62258
(618) 566-2562

Millstadt Public Library 
115 W. Laurel, Millstadt, IL 62260

 

Millstadt Historical Society, c/o Village Hall,
111 W. Laurel St., Millstadt, Illinois 62260
(618) 476-1514.

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Regional societies and FamilySearch

 ISGS Illinois State Genealogical Society, 
P.O. Box 10195, Springfield, IL 62791-0195.

**The Illinois State Genealogical Society offers copy service for death certificates at a reduced fee.

Free federal census and “Illinois, Diocese of Belleville” church registers online at FamilySearch.org. Also see the Catalog for titles available and their plans for digital display of their holdings.

StLGS St. Louis Genealogical Society Just across the Mississippi River. Many St. Clair Countians lived or worked in St. Louis for a time.

Illinois GenWeb all counties
Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS) members have access to all Journal volumes published since 1909. Early volumes may be viewed free online. Genealogy Trails all counties

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Miscellaneous

Newspapers

St. Clair County Newspapers, many indexed at the Belleville Public Library

Photos

Preservation
East St. Louis Photographers database

Query Links

St. Clair County families. Let’s collaborate!

St. Louis

St. Louis Obit Index
Some St. Clair County people died in St. Louis.

St. Marcus United Church of Christ, St. Louis, Missouri Marriages 1847 – 1865 (some St. Clair people in this resource were born in or resided in Illinois)

St. Clair County – Other

The Internet Archive for free St Clair County historical reference books. Try these terms in their search box: Illinois AND st clair AND [a topic, e.g., census, Belleville, or coal]

Evangelical and Reformed/ United Church of Christ repository for some St. Clair church registers.

Tombstones

Association for Gravestone Studies
– See FAQs which include Do’s and Don’ts, Cleaning, Photographing, Tools for Resetting Stones.

Political Graveyards in USA. Links include biographies and burial places of politicians nationwide.

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