St. Clair County Genealogical Society
PO Box 431
Belleville, Illinois 62222-0431
Please join us on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Alton, Illinois was one of Illinois' early military establishments due to its position along the Mississippi River. Beth Phillips, a St. Clair County, Illinois, native and librarian at Hayner Genealogy and Local History Library in Alton, Illinois will share resources in this library with the audience. In addition to assisting library patrons, she helps update the library collection, answers genealogy mail requests, and writes articles for the library newsletter. Her love for research which began some 30 years ago, has developed into writing family history reports for family and others.
Thursday, October 4, 2012. Witches of Salem: Researching Your High-flying Ancestors. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses books, manuscripts, microfilms and Internet sources of information on legal proceedings and punishments imposed for persons accused as witches in Europe and colonial New England. Mr. Pearson holds a B.A. (History) from Eureka College (IL), and the M.L.S. (Library Science) from the University of Illinois. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran, has worked for St. Louis Public Library since 1984, and often lectures at genealogical venues on the Civil War. Mr. Pearson is newsletter editor for the Missouri State Genealogical Association as well as its blog, MoSGA Messenger, and author of several genealogical resource books. Join us - visitors always welcome - but watch our for low-flying brooms!
Thursday, November 1, 2012. Nominations for elected positions followed by a lecture on The History of Funeral Directing , Embalming, and George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, presented by William C. Renner. Hear how funeral customs changed and the funeral industry evolved over the years, along with a history of Renner Funeral Home from its beginning in 1934 until present day. Mr. Renner is a life-long resident of Belleville and graduate of Althoff Catholic High School. He attended Southwestern Illinois College and is a 1977 graduate of the School of Mortuary Science, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is a U.S. Army veteran.. He has worked at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home for the past 35 years and is one of the third generation of Renners to own the business.
Thursday, December 6, 2012. Our Annual Christmas Party.
Our monthly meetings begin at 7:30 pm at the St. Luke's Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St. in Belleville, Illinois.
We are always looking for good speakers on genealogical topics. Let us know if you can recommend any speaker(s) from the St. Louis Metro Area, or if you can speak on a topic of interest to our Society.
For more information or program suggestions, please contact Mary K. Bauer, Program Chairperson via e-mail or you may call (618) 476-1587.
Visitors and Guests are always welcome!