St. Regis (East St. Louis) Parish Records
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St. Regis Marriages (Jul 1909 – Jan 1932)
Parish, Chapel, and Schools
Created 20 June 1909 in the Alta Sita subdivision of East St. Louis, St. Regis Parish was formed from St. Mary’s (East St. Louis) and Immaculate Conception (Centreville). Parishioners were of Irish, French, and German descent. When the parish closed in 2006, it was consolidated with Immaculate Conception. Chapel services first were held in the parlor of the pastor’s residence at 3117 Virginia place then in the new school building at 3500 Market Street. The parish school opened 8 September 1909 with 80 pupils and subsequently occupied the new two-story brick building at 3500 Market Street. Regis College operated only for a short time (September 1910 – June 1913) due to low student enrollments.
Baptisms (1909- 19 October 1930) for this church are described on this list, microfilm reel 42. The microfilm is located at the Belleville Public Library in the St. Clair County Genealogical Society holdings. Images are not online at FamilySearch following its own cut-off date (circa 1907).
Abstracts of the marriages are available on this website.
The parish had no cemetery. No burial registers were kept for St. Regis until the latter 1900s, now preserved at the Diocesan archives.
- Names and phrases in Latin were translated to give the gist of the meaning to the best of the compiler’s ability. More recent entries may be written in English. Given names abbreviated in the church book are spelled out when the English equivalent is certain (Elizabeth for Eliz., Louis for Ludovicus). When no apparent equivalent was known or ambiguous, the Latin name or initials were transcribed.
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- Baptisms 1924–1930 and some later indexes are on in microfilm holdings of the SCCGS at the Belleville Public Library. See reels 16 and 17 in this descriptive finding aid, courtesy SCCGS. No images are online following FamilySearch’s own guidelines.
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Gloria Dettleff, compiler, “St. Regis (East St. Louis [Illinois]) Catholic Marriages,” 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.
St. John’s Orphanage edition of The Messenger. History of the Diocese of Belleville. Belleville, Ill: Joseph Nicholas Buechler, publisher. 1919.
The Messenger: Catholic Newspaper of the Diocese of Belleville: Commemorating Our Time of Favor, April 24, 1988. 1988. See pages 133, 146, 151.
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