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Facilities with St. Clair records
St. Clair County Courthouse
10 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220
|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 To top
|IRAD handles county and municipal records and is the official depository for St. Clair documents and records released for public use and research (some births, great marriage licenses and certificates, deed indexes, probate case files, jail records). Free research by interns in historical disciplines. Copies are billed at cost. Explore links on the IRAD homepage for St. Clair’s county and municipal record groups outlined in the site’s Local Governmental Records Database, record group descriptions, the IRAD contact information, and research policy.
Pre-statehood (1818) records for St. Clair County are 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).
|Belleville Public Library||The official depository for all SCCGS holdings and acquisitions.|
Illinois State Archives
Springfield, IL 62756
|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 also stored 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. The Illinois State Genealogical Society offers a copy service for death certificates at a reduced fee.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 North Sixth Street,
Springfield, IL 62701 To top
Reference Desk: 217.524.6358.
Newspaper microfilm interlibrary loan. 217.785.7941.
Illinois State Library
300 South Second St.
Springfield, IL 62701
|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.|
|FamilySearch||Free federal census and “Illinois, Diocese of Belleville” church registers online. Search the Family History Library Catalog for titles available and their plans for digital display of their holdings.|
|Missouri History Museum
P.O. Box 11940
St. Louis MO 63112-0040
|Search the Genealogy and Local History Index by name and subject.
Example: About 1,000 Illinois soldiers died in St. Louis military hospitals and camps 13 October 1861 to 22 May 1865.
Libraries and historical societies in St. Clair
|St. Clair County Historical Society 701 E. Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220 (618) 234-0600||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|
|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 – Home of the Freeburg Historical Society collection, and Freeburg Tribune 1904 – 2010, online images.|
|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; ph: (618) 476-1514.
|New Athens District Library 201 N. Van Buren, New Athens, IL 62264 (618) 475-3255|
Regional societies and Illinois county research sites
|ISGS Illinois State Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 10195, Springfield, IL 62791-0195.|
|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|
St. Clair County Newspapers, many indexed at the Belleville Public Library
Old Photograph Identification
East St. Louis Photographers database
St. Louis Obit Index
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.
Association for Gravestone Studies
Political Graveyards in USA. Links include biographies and burial places of politicians nationwide.
St. Clair County Genealogical Society, PO Box 431, Belleville, IL 62222-0431.
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