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White County Historical Society

Headquartered in Carmi, Illinois


Welcome to the White County Historical Society!

Please check the following links to what we have for you:

History and Museums


Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library

Genealogy books and historical materials for sale

White County Heritage Houses  1970-2006


Updates in 2015


Newsletter 4th Quarter 2014

Newsletter 1st Quarter 2015

Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2015


Like our facebook page


Newsletter 3rd Quarter 2014 (why can't I make this line as big as the rest of the page?)

Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2014

Newsletter 1st Quarter 2014

Newsletter 3rd and 4th Quarter 2013

Newsletter 2rd Quarter 2013

Newsletter 1st Quarter 2013

  Here's a Flyer for our October 16th 2010 Graveyard Walk- we did one in 2011 as well

A wonderful slideshow from our 2012 Stroll in Time -- a big file


July 2011 Newsletter--really pretty

  A 2009 Newsletter--its a word document


Tri-State Architecture Booklet Part 1 from 1972

Tri-State Architecture Booklet Part 2 from 1972

This survey forms the basis of National Register eligible locations in Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and adjacent counties in Kentucky.

 Mary Smith Fay Library Catalog A-L titles and surnames

Mary Smith Fay Library M-Z titles and surnames.

Notes from the White County Historical Society Columns

Genealogy Gems from the Mary Smith Fay Library Columns

Corn Recipes from Corn Day 2005

Key Ingredients website for the White County Historical Society

See the review of the Historical Society cookbook, Recipes and Recollections, at


Our address:  White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 121, Carmi, IL, 62821. Our phone at the Carnegie Library is 618-382-8425. Our email

 Our dues are $25 for an individual, $35 for a family, $50 for a sustaining member, $100 for a patron, $500 for a contributing member,  with a life membership for $1,000. A quarterly newsletter and invitations to meetings are sent to all members.  All dues are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Dues were increased in 2006.

Related Resources

Learn about the county seat: Carmi History Page.

Cindy  Conley's home town: Enfield Mule Day Home Page.

Read Margaret Land's history of Enfield: History of Enfield, Illinois.

Read the history of Enfield's Catholic Church: St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Visit White County on the USGenweb project White County, Illinois Included are  weekly genealogy columns from the CARMI TIMES, queries, a short history, and look-up information. Almost every US county has a page somewhere on the internet. The best part of these pages is the ability of genealogists to make contact with each other, which only happens if you leave a query.

Here is the page for our neighbor to the south Gallatin County, Illinois

Don't forget the Rootsweb home page, where you can find a wealth of information and learn how to help: Rootsweb Home Page

A note of clarification:  The White County Historical Society is not affiliated with the Genealogy Society of White County Illinois, incorporated November, 2002. We wish them well.

Last updated 12/26/2014. Please send corrections and comments to Your help will be appreciated.