Vital Statistics Extracted from the Belleville (Ill.) Daily Advocate 1927 – 1954

Donated February 2008 to SCCGS by member Nancy Giles, compiler.

More than 132,000 vital statistics derived from the Belleville (Ill.) Daily Advocate 1927 – 1954 constitute this database. It is an extremely valuable resource for ancestral material between the census and after 1940.


  1. Type the surname (last name) or a keyword in the search box below, then tap the Enter key. A search for Brenner will find Brenner as well as Kalkbrenner. Keyword examples: cholera; fire; or Mascoutah.
  2. Wait until the database shows the first group of results – it takes several seconds. 
  3. The bottom of the displayed entries has links to the next group of matches.
  4. To show the entire index again, clear the search box.
  5. Photocopies for a small fee may be ordered with this Research order form; please provide the 1) Name from the database, the 2) Newspaper as DA=Daily Advocate; 3) Newspaper publication date, page and column, 4) article title as given in the database below.


Name Event Event Date Paper Pub. Date Page Column Description

AARNS, Geraldine (Miss)MAR16 OCT 1951DA23 OCT 195187Aarns - Haar Nuptials Read In Beckemeyer
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Extracted Data:

  • Name
  • Event (Adoption, Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Divorce, Death)
  • Event date (Some dates are calculated using newspaper issue day or date as a guide to determine the event date)
  • Newspaper Title (DA = Daily Advocate)
  • Newspaper date
  • Newspaper page
  • Newspaper column
  • Article title


Use this database freely for your private research.
Please do not copy parts of this database into other electronic media for any commercial use, free or paid.
Please ask SCCGS permission to publish or display parts of this database on personal webpages or print media.
Commercial use is expressly prohibited.

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Citations in Reference Note format:

Citing this database:

  • Nancy Giles, “Belleville (Ill.) Daily Advocate 1927 – 1954,” database, St. Clair County (Ill.) Genealogical Society, Vital Statistics Extracted From the Belleville (Ill.) Daily Advocate 1927 – 1954 ( : [today’s date] ), entry for [ancestor’s name], [“Article or Headline Title”], [newspaper date, page, column].

Once a photocopy of the original article is obtained, citations will refer to that photocopy rather than this database, as in the following example:

  • Jane Doe obituary, Belleville Daily Advocate, Belleville, Illinois, 1 January 1945, [section if applicable], page 1, column 3.

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Next Steps:

Indexes point to the original material which, in many cases, provides even more information.

For SCCGS’s photocopy service, please use the Research order form. Essential information should include the newspaper title (DA), name and article title, newspaper publication date, page, e.g., John Smith, Daily Advocate, 20 Jan 1920, p. 3, “Married yesterday” .

On your own, search microfilm available

Note: Some articles contain more information than others. Obituaries usually provide more information than a death notice. Some regular columns were just lists of names, e.g., articles titled “Births,” or “Deaths” .

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Database Credits

SCCGS wishes to recognize Joy Fisher, Los Angeles, California, for her expertise and generosity converting Mrs. Giles’ information into a searchable database–SCCGS’s first one online. The current database is fully searchable with thanks to Rick Ortiz.
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