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 POLICY followed by the ILGenWeb Project USGenWeb Project. After you have written permission (when necessary), then contact St Clair Coord.
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 listed below.
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.
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Various History Books
Catholic Diocese of Belleville Parish Registers (all of Southern Illinois) available for free viewing on FamilySearch. Click the Search icon, then Browse databases. 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:
Covers the history of St. Philip parish from 1841-1982, indexes its cemetery as well as its parishoners as of 1982. Charly LaRobardier
All of the following records, and many more, are currently available for purchase through the St. Clair County Genealogical Society.
County and State Records
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.
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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!
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Updated 29 April 2015; broken links removed 29 April 2015.