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Since the founding of the Marissa Historical and Genealogical Society in 1969, many people have donated and contributed resources to our society. These holdings are available to researchers you want to visit our home. We ask that you leave the material in the same condition as you found them. Summarizing our holdings, we have:


Cemetery Inscription Books
Census Books
Church Record Books
Death Record Books
Dictionary of American Biographies
Family History and Genealogy Books
Family Records
Funeral Home Records
Indexes of Many Records
Marriage Record Books
Randolph County History and Genealogy Books
St. Clair County History and Genealogy Books
Washington County History and Genealogy Books
Other County Histories


St. Clair County, IL Federal Census 1820 to 1930
Washington County, IL Federal Census1820 to 1930
Randolph County, IL Federal Census 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860


NOTE: Not all newspaper editions survived to be microfilmed.

The St. Clair Gazelle, Belleville, IL: May 25, 1835 to Feb. 10, 1838
The Representative and Belleville News: Aug. 23, 1837 to May 1, 1839
The Great Western, Belleville, IL: May 11, 1839 to May 9, 1840

Coulterville Republican: 1918 - 1958

Marissa Messenger: All available papers from 1882 to July 25, 1991
(Marissa Messenger and New Athens Journal Press merged Aug. 1, 1991)
New Athens Journal Messenger: Aug. 1, 1991 through Dec. 27, 2006.
Journal Messenger: Jan. 2007 through Dec 25, 2008

Sparta News: All available papers from July 29, 1909 to Dec. 30, 1920
Sparta Plaindealer: All available papers from May 10, 1873 to Sept. 30, 1921
(Sparta News and Sparta Plaindealer merged Oct. 1, 1921)

11 Sparta News-Plaindealer: Oct. 13, 1921 to Dec. 27, 2006
Sparta News-Plaindealer: Jan. 2007 through Dec 25, 2008

Nashville Illinois Newspapers - (all available papers on microfilm)
Nashville Journal - Feb. 12, 1863 to June 15, 1960
Nashville Democrat - Dec 24, 1903 to June 26, 1924
Nashville News - Dec 18, 1955 to Dec 26 2007


Illinois Marriage Records
Illinois Regional Archives Depository Index
St. Clair County Marriages and Births to 1915 Index
St. Clair County Probate to 1965 Index

Quarterlies from Illinois and Non-Illinois Genealogical Societies


Microfilm-Microfiche Reader with Printer
Computer which allows researchers to scan records from Microfilm-Microfiche Reader and store it onto a 3/5" floppy disk or burn it on a CD disk. Researchers must provide their own CD and/or floppy disks. Standard copying machine.