Quarterly Surname Index and Table of Contents

Vital records indexes, special censuses, and major denominational church record abstracts are just a few types of articles in the SCCGS Quarterly. We strongly encourage thorough exploration of the surname indexes for your ancestor’s name and the Table of Contents for topics and articles that may apply to your case. We thank editors and their assistants who made these indexes possible. Read more about the Quarterly here.


  1. Read the Surname search tips at the tab above.
  2. Find a surname in the electronic database below and/or at the above tab, Surnames A-Z.
  3. Copy/paste the name, volume, issue, and pages of interest into a Word document or print a range of pages.
  4. With list in hand, click the Table of Contents tab above, find a volume and issue on the list, read the article title in which the surname appears.
  5. To order an issue, click to download the Quarterly Order Form (also in sidebar), fill in and mail with your payment. Entire issues, or if out-of-stock, specific pages may be ordered.

Questions? We’d be happy to help! Click Contact on the menu for the Publications Coordinator.


Table of Contents

Click these volumes to see the article title in which the surnames appeared. Tip: use the site search to find a topic or keyword.

1-5     6-10     11-15     16-20     21-25     26-30     31-35     36-40     41- 45

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Pronunciation and handwriting influenced name spellings even though the family “always” spelled it one way. Old ledgers were often recopied opening a way to errors or omissions. Search the original record. Consider these search tips:        

Search phonetic spellings of the name

  • Kraus pronounced by a heavy-accented German might sound like Graus, Popp might sound like Bopp.
  • The census taker, tax man, or city official may have written down what he heard.
  • Double consonants might appear alone, e.g., Haman for Hamman. Notice how far apart these spellings are in a printed index? Search each variant. Use your browser’s Find tool to quickly locate part of a name.
  • Substitute every vowel for others, e.g., Seibert, Siebert, Sibert, Syburt.
  • The letter H might sound like or be rendered as an A or O, especially at the beginning of a surname; search these variations.

Handwriting  and other misinterpretations

  • An English version of a name was sometimes substituted! King for Roy, Carpenter for Zimmermann, Morningstar for Morgenstern, Steven for Ettienne, Carl or Charles for Karl.
  • Our handwritten L looked quite similar to the letter Germans used for B. Even an American L and S looked similar at times. Other often mistaken letters are c for e, n for u, u for a.
  • Hyphenated surnames may be inverted; McKane might be M’ Kane or Mc Kane, and even transcribed as M. Kane; surnames with a space (La Chance) may be indexed as LaChance; St. Eve might be Saint Eve or Sainteve. 
  • Special characters may or may not appear as the English language equivalent so search both versions. For example, Müller and Mueller.
  • An r at the end of a word might look like an n, e.g., Brenner and Brennen. Search both spellings.
  • Search electronic indexes for part of a word/surname.
  • Make a list of variant spellings, working through these in every resource you search.

Targeted searches may be necessary

For example, say great-grandfather Morgan Park was a farmer during the 1870s. A site search and Quarterly Surname Index search for Park showed many hits, none of which applied to your Morgan Park. Since only a small portion of our collections are online … continue on!

  • Since Mr. Park was a farmer, a site search for subjects or topics was tried. In our example, a search for farm or agricultur (a part of that word) showed two new hits. Both hits refer to the “1870 Agricultural Census.”
  • At last, a tantalizing clue but one that required reading the entire page. A person, M. Part, farmed a few acres in one of the county’s precincts. An abbreviated first name and misspelled surname “hid” him from view. To confirm this was your man, 1.) search the 1870 population census on the site but now look for familiar neighbors. Might they be related or be business partners? 2.) Locate the man in the 1870 federal census which records value of real estate. If indicated, search Deed indexes at the Belleville Public Library, IRAD, or Recorder of Deeds office. Addresses and links. Then get those documents from the Recorder of Deeds, or from IRAD if before 1876. 3.) Likewise, if Mr. Park took out a mortgage or leased the land, indexes at the Recorder of Deeds office, or perhaps IRAD, might show that transaction. 
  • As always, obtain a copy of the original documents – the article, the census, the deed, or mortgage. 

Name Indexes (pdf) 

A and no surname     B – Be     Bh-Bra      Brd -Bz      -C-      -D-      -E-      -F-      –Ga–      –Gm–      –H-Har –      –Has-Hep–      –Her-Hok–    –Hol-Hz–      –I–      –J–      –K-Kh–      –Ki-Kn–      –Ko-Kz–      –L-Le–      –Lh-Lz–      –M-Mac-Maz–      –Mc-Me–       –Mg-Mz–      –N–      –O–      –P–     –Q–      –R–       –Rei–      –Ri-Ro–      –Ru–      –S-Sche–       –Schi-Scho–       –Schr-Scz–      –Sea-Siz–      –Sj-Sr–      –St-Sti–      –Stm-Sz–     –T-Tl–      –To-Tz–      –U,V–     –W-Wc–     –We–      –Wh-Wiz–      –Wl-Wz–      –X,Y,Z

German Catholic Clergy in Illinois 1892

Indexes to Volume 41 (2018)  Volume 42 (2019)Volume 43 (2020) Volume 44 (2021)  

Quarterly Order Form – Back Issues

Surname Database

Quarterly Volumes 1 – 40 (1978 – 2017)

Top (For surnames in quarterlies published 2018-2022 see the Surname in PDF tab above).

a) Type a name in the search box just above the table (scroll down) and wait several seconds for the first 50 matches to display.

b) Click the buttons at the bottom of the list for subsequent matches.

c) Continue with Instructions step 3 above.


A search for Brenner will find Brenner as well as Kalkbrenner. To display the entire list, clear the search box.

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