St. Mary (Belleville) Catholic Parish Records
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Founded in 1893, located at 1900 W. Main, Belleville. St. Mary partnered with Cathedral of St. Peter circa 2014. The school celebrated its centennial in 1993 and consolidated with St. Augustine and Cathedral of St. Peter in 2014.
Pastors: Rev. A. J. Stauder (1893–1909); Rev. Anton Pieke (1909–1910); Rev. F. Beuckmann (1910–1934); Rev. J. Frey 1934; and Msgr. Joseph J. Orlet (1934–1973).
About these records, this database, caveats
Images are online at FamilySearch.
Book 1 Baptisms begin with image 1; Deaths with image 59; and Marriages with image 82. Communions begin on image 103 and Confirmations on image 109.
Microfilmed parish registers are at the Belleville Public Library, courtesy of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society. The descriptive lists at this link indicate the sequence of records and indexes on each roll.
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Gloria Dettleff, compiler, “St. Mary Parish (Belleville [Illinois]) Catholic Church Marriages (1924 – 1931),” 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
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- Latin language aids
- French language word list
- Given names translated from French and Latin into English, courtesy American-French Genealogical Society.
Burnett, Betty. A Time of Favor: The Story of the Catholic Family of Southern Illinois. St. Louis, Mo.: Patrice Press, 1987.
Diocese of Belleville. Centennial Heritage Festival and Picnic, Sunday, September 27. Belleville, Ill.: The Diocese, 1987.
St. Clair County Genealogical Society, PO Box 431, Belleville, IL 62222-0431.
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