St. Clair County, Illinois Genealogical Research
St. Clair County, Illinois
Additional important resources for research in St. Clair
County featuring Courthouse, IRAD, local and regional societies, vital records offices, online death index, lots more.
Books about St. Clair County, Illinois. Some are free downloads, others for sale by various groups or individuals.
- St. Clair County, Illinois
Research and Resources: A Genealogist's Guide is available
from the county
society (SCCGS) - . The definitive guide for research in this county.
- Histories and Atlases by title (offsite). Ask for these books when requesting research from libraries or volunteers.
Illinois Resources By County on the Univ of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign website.
Illinois County Histories at the Illinois State Library
- Naturalizations and Declarations
for St. Clair (offsite); and East St. Louis City Court Naturalizations (1874-1906)
- Chancery Court (1815-1870). An index to plaintiff and defendant for divorce, suits to divide property, foreclosure.
- Poor Farm (1874-1879). Extracts with name and place born (city, village, even in the old country).
- St. Clair County Genealogical
Society. Perform your own lookups in their online databases and indexes.
- Illinois State Genealogical
Society web site provides statewide cemetery locations (as available),
Orphan Train children, links to other Illinois genealogical societies, and
a subject index to their quarterly which has some St. Clair county people, places,
and record transcriptions.
Archived documents (few, miscellaneous) of St. Clair County including Bible records, obituaries, wills, etc.
- To the St. Clair County ILGenWeb Project Home
- To all counties in
Clinton, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, Washington, and other surrounding county genealogical websites at Illinois GenWebProject- plus those at other internet websites for Randolph
- Millstadt Township landowners taken from 1874 Atlas (offsite). See also Look-up Volunteer link below.
- The Mail List Archives. Browse through these
archived postings to ILSTCLAI-L, the St. Clair
Co. GenWeb Project's official Mail List. It's FREE.
Instructions: Type ILSTCLAI in the box that appears. You can even
join the Mail List for
our county, click here. Also FREE.
List of cemeteries currently identified in St. Clair
LOOK-UP VOLUNTEERS and links to on-line searchable databases
Family surname databases Provides links to others tracing all descendants
of various St. Clair County families
Public Land Sales, a searchable index database of Federal land sales beginning 1814 in Illinois
on the Illinois State Archives web site. This database includes both credit and cash sales of land from the Federal Government. It also includes lands issued for internal improvements such as railroads and canals. Date is that of purchase and differs from the date on the BLM website (immediately following).
Federal Land Patent
Records, a searchable database from the Federal Bureau
of Land Management - General Land Office Records (periodically goes offline, but check it occasionally, or order your patent in writing or by phone). We suggest you first use the Illinois Public Land Sales database (immediately above). The BLM site provides a digital image of the land patent for cash sales beginning 1820, and War of 1812 Illinois Military Tract patents. The patent date (certificate issued) will be months or years after the purchase date indicated in the Illinois Public Land Sales database.
Newspaper Project contains a catalog of various newspapers maintained by
the Illinois State
Historical Society, from whom one can request copies of
obituaries which may have appeared in a given newspaper.
State Archives Global Database Search Page, including links to the following databases:
IL Statewide Marriage Index (incomplete for the State but complete for St. Clair 1763-1900);
Statewide Death Index 1916 - c1950; Pre-1916 deaths (work in progress); Public Domain Land Sales in IL; IL Civil War Veterans; IL Spanish-American War Veterans; IL Blackhawk
War Veterans; and IL Servitude and Emancipation Records. Also contains
information on how to secure a copy of the records.
- Queries for St. Clair Co., IL.
Bobbie's Surname List
of St. Clair County researchers and the families they are tracing.
This link takes you off of the St. Clair County ILGenWeb Project pages, so to
return, you must use the "back" button on your browser.
- Sons Of Spanish American War Veterans -
Nelson A. Miles Camp No. 610 in St. Clair
- St. Clair County Civil War Certificate Project. See the HELP! section for strategies in Civil War Soldier research, and links to military service and pension files a the National Archives. This project supports the Gustave Koerner House Preservation Project, a co-op effort of both the St. Clair County Genealogical Society and the St. Clair County Historical Society.
Links updated 27 September 2015.