St. Clair County, Illinois Reference Books,
On-Line Searchable Data-Bases, and Lookup Volunteers
Many St. Clair county books are mentioned below,
although certainly not all. If you have any St. Clair County books
in which you will do Look-ups, please read and follow the
by the ILGenWeb Project USGenWeb Project. After you have written permission (when
necessary), then contact me, the StClairCoord.
Many of the following reference books are published by the
St. Clair County Genealogical Society and their website has Surname indexes
to many more books. Books from non-profit organizations and private individuals are also
If you need more than a few names looked up in a given
publication, consider purchasing the book directly from the source. Chances are you will
find even more names of interest and unexpected connections once you own the publication.
This is particularly true for rural cemeteries and transcribed/translated
church registers. Visit the SCCGS directly at the above link for databases,
on-line indexes, and publication information.
Request FREE Look-ups from the volunteers below. Please limit
to one name per request (GenWeb policy).
Please put ST. CLAIR LOOKUP
in the subject line of your request to help the message stand out and
hopefully prevent unintentional deletions. Since many volunteers search more than one source, please enter the name of the book
in which you are requesting a lookup plus the ancestor of interest. And of course,
please remember to thank the volunteer for their time performing your research.
Various History Books
Biographical Sketch Index compiled from five older St. Clair County
histories printed in 1874, 1881, 1892, 1907, 1928. Search to see if your person
of interest is listed and in which publication they may be found. Link provided
courtesy of the St. Clair Co. IL Genealogical Society.
- Biographical sketch index to Southern Illinoisans in
The St. John Orphanage Edition of The Messenger (1919)
- Chapman Brothers Portrait and Biographical Record (1892).
- History of St. Clair County, Illinois Brink, McDonough & Co. (1881).
- Illustrated Historical Atlas of St. Clair County,
Warner & Beers (1874). The Atlas contains maps showing the
landowner's name and a listing of all landowners in the county
in 1874. The landowner listing is by township and range and also
includes the landowners occupation, where they came from and when
they settled in the county. There is also a brief biographical
section. It is not as extensive as the 1881 history, but it does
have some different biographical info. Jan Wouters
- McKendree College Centennial Yearbook (1928).
- O'Fallon, Illinois Centennial History (1954).
- History of Millstadt, Illinois and Millstadt, IL, Milestones, 1836-2001
Catholic Diocese of Belleville Parish Registers (all of Southern Illinois) available for free viewing on FamilySearch. Click the Beta Site box. Upon arrival, sign up to u (free)se the beta site. Once that is done you should be able to select the United States databases, or click the USA portion of the world map, then scroll down the list until you reach Illinois and continue clicking through the prompts. The FamilySearch site is occasionally down for upgrades and uploads, so check back if the link does not load. Registers are mostly in Latin.
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Millstadt, later became St. James.
St. John United Church of Christ, New Athens:
History & Church Records, 1878-1979. Teresa. This book is still in print
and for sale by Martha Mae Schmidt, 9848 Hillstown Road, Marissa, IL
62257-2302. 351 pages, indexed, GBC binding, $25.00 ppd.
"St. Philip - Our Salvation History," French Village:
history of St. Philip parish from 1841-1982, indexes its cemetery as well as
its parishoners as of 1982. Charly
All of the following records, and many more, are currently available for purchase through the St. Clair County Genealogical Society.
- Bethel Baptist Church Minutes 1806-1851; Membership Lists
1809-1909. To see if your ancestor is mentioned in the book, check
to the book maintained on the St. Clair Co. Genealogical Society's website.
- Concordia United Church of Christ, Stookey
Burials 1851-1986; Baptisms 1851-1985; Marriages
1851-1985; and Confirmations 1852-1971. Bobbie
- St. John United Church of Christ, Smithton, Baptisms 1869 - 1986
Index on the St. Clair
Co. Genealogical Society website - the baptized, their parents and sponsors.
- St. Marcus United Church of Christ, St. Louis, Missouri Marriages 1847 - 1865 (some people born in or current resident of Illinois)
- Trinity United Church of Christ, Millstadt:
Marriages from 1848-1911; Family Register from 1848-1959;
Burials from 1849-1927; and Deaths from 1878-1983.
- Zion United Church of Christ, Millstadt:
Confirmations 1866-1916 Most of the 1700 entries give the birthdate of the
person being confirmed.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Millstadt, IL; Confirmation Index 1850-1921
Census, 1820. This link takes you off of the St. Clair Co. GenWeb Project
pages to that of the St. Clair Co. Illinois Trails History and Genealogy pages.
The transcription was generously performed by Regina Breeden Bailey.
Federal Census, 1840.
This lilnk takes you off of the St. Clair Co. GenWeb Project pages to that of the
St. Clair Co. Illinois Trails History and Genealogy pages.
Rev War or military Pensioners in the 1840 census
1860. This link takes you off of the St. Clair Co. GenWeb Project pages
to that of the ALHN St. Clair co. pages. The transcription was generously
performed by Regina Breeden Bailey.
Federal Census, 1870.
- 1890 Census Substitute. Bobbie
County and State Records
- Index to Probated and Non-Probated Wills of St. Clair co., 1772-1964.
Illinois State Archives On-Line Searchable Databases including
Marriages (1763-1900); Servitude and Emancipation Records; War Veterans
of 1812, Black Hawk, Mexican American, Civil War, and Spanish American Wars;
1916–c1950 statewide death index online; pre-1916 deaths registered at the county
level (ongoing project), Public Domain Land Tract Sales; St. Clair county Chancery Case Files Index
(1815-1870); and the St. Clair co. Farm Board Record Index (1784-1879).
First visit the St. Clair County Genealogical Society
Cemetery Surname Index which includes all of their published
inventories 1978–1998 (including those below) EXCEPT
College Hill. Then, come back and ask for a specific Look-up if necessary.
When requesting a Look-up, please
specify ST.CLAIR LOOKUP in the subject line of the message box. Many volunteers
cover more than one state and county. Some links are to on-line records (try back later
if the page doesn't load).
- Die Kurpfalzischen Familien Engelmann und Hilgard, G. Baecker u F. Engelmann,
(1958). Origins of the Engelmann family and the descendants of
Erasmus Theodor Engelmann (1730-1802). A supplement was published in 1983.
Family names DECKER, FISCHER, HILGARD, KIRCHER, KOERNER, KRAFFT, LEDER-
GERBER, REUSS, ROMBAUER, RUNKWITZ, SCHEEL, SCHOTT, TITTMAN, TYNDALE, VILLARD,
and many others. Jim Dunn
- Genealogical Research in Millstadt, Illinois
- Millstadt. Robert Buecher is currently compiling an alphabetical
database of foreign-born Millstadt area residents. Included are foreign-born
settlers who resided in Millstadt Township (including the village of
Millstadt), Stookey Twp., and part of Sugar Loaf Twp. The information comes
from his 30+ years of genealogical research in Millstadt area church records,
cemetery records, and newspapers. Information found in each entry varies but
usually includes birthdate, birthplace, and other biographical information.
There are currently about 900 entries and cross-indexed entries but
eventually there may be as many as 2000 entries. Mr. Buecher will be pleased
to share his information with other Millstadt area researchers. He may be
contacted at either his e-mail at
RGB7847@AOL.COM or by regular mail at 5400 Pernod Avenue, St. Louis,
MO 63139-1537. Those wanting a reply by U. S. mail are asked to enclose a
# 10 size self-addressed stamped envelope.
- 1400 landowners in Township 1 South, Range 9 West (aka Millstadt/Centerville) as shown in the 1874 Atlas of St. Clair County.
- Yearbooks – Assumption High School: 1962-65.
- Yearbooks – Belleville Township High School 1946, 1947, 1951, more courtesy Rosie Rideout.
- Notes on East St. Louis Schools – Rock Junior High School, Hughes-Quinn Jr. High, East St. Louis Senior High, contributed by Michael Bergmire in response to a question posted to the St. Clair Maillist June 2006 (edited with permission):
Both Rock Junior High School and East St. Louis High School have been razed. . . Be a little careful regarding picture post cards of the buildings. In the early 1900s East St. Louis Senior High School was a
building constructed of large pieces of stone. One source of information stated that the stone is the same type of stone that was used to construct Eads Bridge. This stone asborbed pollutants and by the 1950s, when I was a student in the area, the stone was almost black in color. This building was located on Summit Avenue between 9th and 10th Street. I did locate a quote from one individual who indicated that he attended high school in this building in 1913. This older stone building became Rock Junior High School in the late 1950s.
Later on a new building was constructed of red brick to the south of the original building. There was only a few feet separating the two buildings. At this time the two schools occupied a one block by two block lot, bounded by 9th and 10th Streets on one side and Summit Avenue and Ohio Avenue on the other. This newer red brick high school was used until 1958, and subsequently occupied by Southern Illinois University as a Residence Center until the university was build at Edwardsville in the late 1960s. After Southern Illinois University stopped using the newer brick building, Rock Jr. High School and Hughes-Quinn Jr. High School started using the newer building. East St. Louis Senior High School was now located at 49th and State Street where it is currently located.
The Summit, 9th and 10th street area of East St. Louis has recently [spring 2006] been in the news due to the death of dancer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham. The Katherine Dunham Museum is located about a block away, possibly in the old YWCA building.
Before the mid 1910s I would estimate high school graduates attended the building constructed of stone. From the later 1910s until 1958 it would be the building constructed of red brick. There was a brass plaque in the building and a date on the cornerstone, but I am unable to recall the dates. Michael Bergmire, Ballwin, MO 63011. Class of June 1958. Go Flyers!
- Belleville and East St. Louis Newspapers: obituaries and death
notices from the East St. Louis Journal 1889–1979 and article abstracts from
Belleville newspapers 1840–1940 are in a catalog card file
in the Belleville library ph (618) 234-0441 - ask for archives (on an as-available basis only,
in-house patrons come first). A volunteer is currently needed to perform
- Millstadt Enterprise: marriages and obituaries from 1897-1998.
- Mascoutah Herald: obituary index.
click here from 1912-1971. Birth, death, and marriage
records from 1884-1902; obituaries from 1912-1959 (1941 not available). HINT: The date provided
is not the date the event appeared in the newspaper but will be close.
- O'Fallon Progress: Index to marriages and obituaries from 1898-1997 are slowly
coming on-line by the O'Fallon Historical Society. Click through Resources to Marriages and Deaths, or, e-mail Jim Dunn
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Updated 19 December 2011; broken links removed 16 March 2008.