White County Historical Society

Headquartered in Carmi, Illinois


Welcome to the White County Historical Society!

Please check the following links to what we have for you:

History and Museums


Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library

Genealogy books and historical materials for sale

White County Heritage Houses  1970-2006


Updates in 2019

Instructions for submitting pictures electronically for the White County Historical Society Photo Book

Click on the PDF attachment to open in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Click next to the appropriate prompt and type information (i.e. Name: James Smith)

Save and Rename (i.e. Smith1, Smith 2, etc. for each picture you submit)

Include this name in the subject of the email

Email completed form and photograph to WhiteCoHistSoc@gmail.com

Receiving the pictures and information digitally speeds up the process of creating the book and is a huge help to the committee. These instructions can vary by computer and phone so please let me know if you have any questions or need help. 

Picture info form.pdf


Updates in 2018

Rootsweb was hacked, moved this site to the Illinois GenWeb server

Corn Day Illinois Bicentennial Corn Tasting We are official! Bring us your corn recipies, for cornbread, creamed corn, hominy, corn salad, corn cookies, etc! A White County staple.

Newsletter Jan-June 2018

White County and the Illinois Bicentennial!

Updates in 2017

Newsletter 4th qtr 2017

Newsletter 3rd qtr 2017

Newsletter 2nd qtr 2017

Newsletter 1st qtr 2017

Updates in 2016


Newsletter 4th qtr 2016

Newsletter 3rd qtr 2016

Newsletter 2nd qtr 2016

Newsletter 1st qtr 2016

Updates in 2015

Newsletter 4th Quarter 2015

Newsletter 1st Quarter 2015

Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2015

Newsletter 3rd Quarter 2015


Newsletter 4th Quarter 2014


Like our facebook page


Newsletter 3rd Quarter 2014

(why can't I make this line as big as the rest of the page?)

Newsletter 2nd Quarter 2014

Newsletter 1st Quarter 2014


Newsletter 3rd and 4th Quarter 2013

Newsletter 2rd Quarter 2013

Newsletter 1st Quarter 2013

  Here's a Flyer for our October 16th 2010 Graveyard Walk- we did one in 2011 as well

Some wonderful pictures from our 2012 Stroll in Time


July 2011 Newsletter--really pretty

  A 2009 Newsletter

I keep lookng for more old newsletters. Contact me if you have some on your hard drive.


Tri-State Architecture Booklet Part 1 from 1972

Tri-State Architecture Booklet Part 2 from 1972

This survey forms the basis of National Register eligible locations in Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and adjacent counties in Kentucky.


 Mary Smith Fay Library Catalog A-L titles and surnames

Mary Smith Fay Library M-Z titles and surnames.

Notes from the White County Historical Society Columns

Genealogy Gems from the Mary Smith Fay Library Columns

Corn Recipes from Corn Day 2005

See the review of the Historical Society cookbook, Recipes and Recollections, at Enfieldmemories.com


Our address:  White County Historical Society, P.O. Box 121, Carmi, IL, 62821. Our phone at the Carnegie Library is 618-382-8425. Our email w.c.h.s-genealogy@hotmail.com

 Our dues are $25 for an individual, $35 for a family, $50 for a sustaining member, $100 for a patron, $500 for a contributing member,  with a life membership for $1,000. A quarterly newsletter and invitations to meetings are sent to all members.  All dues are tax deductible as charitable contributions. Dues were increased in 2006.

Related Resources

Learn about the county seat: Carmi History Page.

Cindy  Conley's home town: Enfield Mule Day Home Page.

Read Margaret Land's history of Enfield: History of Enfield, Illinois.

Read the history of Enfield's Catholic Church: St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

Visit White County on the USGenweb project White County, Illinois Included are  weekly genealogy columns from the CARMI TIMES, queries, a short history, and look-up information. Almost every US county has a page somewhere on the internet. The best part of these pages is the ability of genealogists to make contact with each other, which only happens if you leave a query.

Here is the page for our neighbor to the south Gallatin County, Illinois This link does not work in 2018.

Don't forget the Rootsweb home page, where you can find a wealth of information and learn how to help: Rootsweb Home Page


Last updated 9/12/2018. Please send corrections and comments to cbconly@midwest.net Your help will be appreciated.