Meetings, lectures, inclement weather

  • Attend free lectures on genealogy topics presented the first Thursday of each month. Open to the public (list below). If you have a topic of interest to share with fellow researchers please send us an email via Contact. Our Board members conduct business every other month, six times per year.
  • Time and location: 7:00 p.m., St. Luke Parish Center, North Church and East “C” Sts., Belleville, Illinois (cross-corner from church).  Map
  • Inclement Weather Policy: Meeting is canceled if District 118 Schools are closed on meeting day. Check local TV and radio stations for those updates.
  • Last minute changes are posted toSCCGS Facebook.
Come ask vexing research questions or share your latest discovery at our regularly scheduled meetings, visitors always welcome. Keep the conversation going!
August 25, 2018 At 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fair St. Clair 200 will take place at O’Fallon Community Park in celebration of the county’s bicentennial birthday. Exhibitors will include, in addition to SCCGS, historical and genealogical societies from throughout St. Clair County. Sponsored by our sister organization, the St. Clair County Historical Society and others, other groups participating are the Belleville Labor and Industry Museum, Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, Belleville Stags Vintage Baseball Club, Cahokia Mound Museum Society, Old Cahokia Courthouse, Scott Air Force Base, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Sons of the American Revolution and more. A baseball game featuring the Belleville Stags Vintage Base Ball Club and a similar club from Springfield will take place.

SCCGS volunteers will be on hand to help those looking to start their own family tree, search for a surname, and introduce children to genealogy. Our many publications will be displayed for purchase. Hope to see your there!

Genealogy 101
Through October 2018
All programs begin at 7:00 p.m.
This series of lectures is designed to inform your research and point you to exciting developments in the field whether you are new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher.Learn from experienced genealogists each first Thursday of the month as they provide a few tricks of the trade, and answer questions. As always, attend and make connections!
September 6, 2018 Genealogy 101: IRAD and ISA by Diane Walsh. Many years ago now Diane facilitated transfer of historically significant county-level records to the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD). Currently the webmaster for SCCGS, she encourages genealogists to explore two of her favorite record groups, land and probate records.

Also this evening the Nominating Committee will be presented and elected. If you are interested in joining a group of individuals dedicated to furthering SCCGS’s cause, please contact Frank Klostermann through the Society’s email.

October 4, 2018 Ask the Experts
Coinciding with Family History Month, six specialty tables staffed by knowledgeable genealogists will answer your questions 1 on 1.Nomination of Officers for 2019 also will be presented this evening.

Topic Expert
Germany Dr. Gerald Perschbacher’s Hessian-German pioneer family came to the St. Louis area in 1833. He is a national editor, prolific author, and frequent speaker on German history and emigration. The author of 17 published books and numerous articles, he was a founder of German genealogical groups and was the 2010 recipient of the Carl Schurz Heritage Award from the German American Heritage Society. He has researched extensively in Germany and traces his surname to 1387. Frank Klostermann is a member of the Cahokia and Mound City Archaeological Societies, the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, and presently serves as 2nd Vice-President of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society. An avid German-focused genealogist, his immigrant ancestors settled in St. Libory, Illinois, circa 1853 and subsequently moved to neighboring Clinton County.
England and Lorraine (France) Mary W. Parker, MS, began her serious interest in genealogy in 1982. Since then she has conducted research in original records on-site in England, France, and major genealogical libraries and archives throughout the United States. Her immigrant ancestors settled in St. Clair County and nearby Monroe County.Mary retired from the United States Transportation Command after 26 years of Air Force Civilian Service, eight years in public education, and five years in private industry. She joined SCCGS in 1983, is a life member, submits articles for the SCCGS newsletter, and is that publication’s proofreader.
Belleville Public Library – the Treasures Therein Anna Kimball is the archivist and supervisor of the Archives/Reference Department at the Belleville Public Library. She joined the library seven years ago, moving into the Archives/Reference section in 2016. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management from Lindenwood Univeristy – Belleville.
Monroe and Randolph Resources Mary Ellen Huetsch, Waterloo, is a retired teacher whose life-long genealogy passion was inspired by a high school homework assignment. She served on the board of the Illinois State Genealogical Society and belongs to several local societies. She is an assistant in her husband’s law office.
St. Clair County Cemeteries and Church Records Teri Bromley served SCCGS in several positions. Her interest in preserving information on those who came before us led her to coordinate the Society’s Cemetery and Church records committee in 2009, a position she still maintains with enthusiasm.
Courthouse Research Diane Walsh. In 1984, Diane first stepped foot in the St. Clair County Courthouse “on assignment” from then SCCGS Quarterly Editor, Bob Buecher. She is familiar with records held in offices of the clerk of the circuit court, county clerk, and recorder of deeds. She is the author of St. Clair County Research and Resources: A Genealogist’s Guide.
November 1, 2018 Election of Officers. Lecture topic pending.
December 6, 2018 Installation of Officers and holiday party. Please bring cookies or other treat to share.
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February 7, 2019
March 7, 2019
April 4, 2019
May 2, 2019

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