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Circuit Court Naturalization Order

Naturalizations held by the Circuit Court were recorded in that court’s Order Book for a certain length of time. Though naturalization papers for St. Clair County before 1906 were destroyed (with one exception),  the example below shows some 1855 Oaths of Naturalization taken in open court and the admission as a citizen for Jean Louis Chaput, Henry Voss, John Rosenberger, Louis Metzler, Henry Lindeur [Lindauer?] and Martin Hofmeister.

Is your ancestor’s record available?

  • The SCCGS publication, Naturalization Index 1816–1906 St. Clair County, Illinois by Robert Buecher, provides the Court Term and Date of naturalization and names.
  • With that information, order a search and copy of that Court’s original record (accession number 6/0040/01) from IRAD.  Only the years 1801–1881 are available  in this Circuit Court Order Book. Contact IRAD here.
  • Other court records for citizenship held by IRAD may be determined at this link.

The SCCGS public webpage, “Declarations and Naturalizations – St. Clair County, Illinois” explains the various types of courts and records produced. Also see County Court records under the Member website menu Database II.

Hassloch Emigrants to Mascoutah and St. Clair County Environs

More than forty families came to Mascoutah, some as early as the 1830s. Others followed, settling in the fertile lands of St. Clair and contiguous counties. The video outlines the efforts to verify Hasslochers who came to St. Clair County, particularly Mascoutah, and identifies these immigrants (at the 30 or 31 minute mark on the video).

Watch the video (click here) via zoom (link expires about 31 December 2022).
Copy/paste this Passcode: m6+H.oMj Christ Church, Hassloch, Rheinlandphalz

Christine Smith regularly volunteers at the Mascoutah Heritage Museum, has translated German letters from the Old German script into today’s German script, and with others back in Hassloch, began researching Haßlochers who settled in the Mascoutah area. She may be contacted at the Mascoutah Heritage Museum,

David Braswell is well known locally as a German language instructor, historian with interests in the Postel family of Mascoutah and manager of the Corner George Inn Bed & Breakfast in Maeystown, Illinois, with his wife, Marcia.

Mt. Hope Cemetery (Belleville)

Previously you’ve read that SCCGS microfilmed Belleville’s Mt. Hope Cemetery records in 2015.

In 2022, the Lot Card Indexes and the Burial Record (1897–2009) were made available to SCCGS Members through the volunteer efforts of the Project team.

These and other cemetery resources are under the Database>Cemetery menu and in the Classroom (side bar) under the Cemetery topic.  The SCCGS public website has additional tools.

All of these projects and corresponding costs were accomplished by SCCGS volunteers, your memberships, and special donationsThank you for being a member of SCCGS!


Member eNews replaces Newsletter

The eNews which is included with membership will replace the Newsletter (the last Newsletter issue was sent to the printer 27 July 2022 and is available here along with archived issues).

This decision did not come easily; the Board was unable to find a volunteer to take on the editor’s duties and Board position so willingly accomplished by Terry Klingemann, Newsletter editor (2014–May 2022).

Those who paid for a printed Newsletter may request a pro-rated refund in writing, or consider the extra as a donation to the Society.

Precinct and township maps circa 1881

The distinction between precinct and township forms of government are discussed on pages 706–733 in this source:

Precinct map circa 1881

precinct map circa 1881

Precinct map circa 1881 taken from The History of St. Clair County, IllinoisPhiladelphia: Brink and McDonough & Company, 1881. Note: this digitized version lacks the above map.

Precinct map circa 1876

Warner & Beers. Atlas of the State of Illinois to which are added various general maps, history, statistics and illustrations. Chicago: Union Atlas Co. 1876. (Contains this St. Clair County map.]

Precinct map 1876

Precinct map 1876, courtesy of the David Rumsey Map Collection. At that site’s Search box type this: st clair county illinois

Civil township form of government

Adopted 6 November 1883. Some townships were divided into two in 1885, 1888 and 1910. Another was renamed.

Civil Township boundaries aft3r 1884

Civil township map, courtesy IRAD;


Try-It Illinois 2017

Free in October and November 2017 only, Try-It! Illinois, sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State’s office is available to Illinois residents.

Trial databases include Digital Sanborn Maps (ProQuest), Fold3 (library edition), historical newspaper collections, MyHeritage (library edition) ProQuest Obituaries, and more!

Click  or type this address into your browser and then click the Request area shown to get your log-in information. 

Note: The Illinois Library asks that you not post the Try-It! Illinois login and password on the Internet, on Web sites or in publicly archived e-newsletters.