Friday, May 15, 2009

St. Clair County (Illinois) Quarterly

As is often the case in local publications, most of the space in the first 2009 issue of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society Quarterly is filled with valuable record transcriptions that don't make terribly good reading: "Extracts from Death Register book II 10 July 1886-31 December 1887," "Marriage Index 1912," and "Funeral Card Collection Additions."

But this issue of the quarterly also has some connected text. Society newsletter editor Tom Pearson wrote one-page digests of two recent programs at the society's monthly meetings. In February, Lillian E. Nolan, Headquarters Air Mobility Command Historian at Scott Air Force Base, noted among other things that base newspapers are an often-overlooked source of information on rank and file personnel, and bound volumes of past issues are kept in the Historian's office for those who call with questions. The March speaker, Gerald Perschbacher ("Researching Your Roots in Germany") recommended books by Dan C. Heinemeier, including A Social History of Hesse: Roman Times to 1900.

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