Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©2001 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Cindy Birk Conley and the ILGenWeb by Barry Cleveland, editor, "The Carmi Times."

Phillips Township gravestones read; Elgin man doing Maple Ridge alone as work continues

Notice to our volunteers who are reading tombstones: Summer is
basically over, and winter is coming! In between should be lots of good
weather to get out into the cemeteries to work.

I haven't heard from some of you since you called to volunteer. I hope
you're working on this project. If for some reason you cannot work,
please call and let us know, so we can look for more help.

THE ULTIMATE IN VOLUNTEERISM: Raleigh Sutton deserves some kind of
award. He, single-handedly, is reading one of our biggest
cemeteries--Maple Ridge at Carmi. The most astounding part of this is:
Raleigh Sutton lives in Elgin, Ill.!

The volunteers in Phillips Township have turned in their work. Some
other townships are about half done. I don't believe anything has been
turned in for Enfield and Indian Creek townships, and we could use more
volunteers in that area. Matter of fact, we could use more help in most
of the townships.

We have decided to publish the work by townships. When Harriet Vaught
published her cemetery books, she made two volumes of it. However, that
was some 40 or 50 years ago, and there have been many more deaths. Also,
in most instances, she didn't include the death data about children.
Too, her books did not have indexes. So our books are going to be much

If we ever get the information from all ten townships, we'd like to
publish it all in one huge hard-back book which would be great for
library use. However, it may be a long time before we get to that point.
In the meantime, we hope to put out smaller books with one or two
townships in them.

The hardest part about reading the monuments in a cemetery is getting
started. Once you take a friend and get started, the work goes fairly
fast. I know this from experience.

So, consider this a pep talk. Go out and get to work. If you have
questions, call the Genealogy Library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday (382-8425), or me at home (966-3744).


The Genealogy Library is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m.


Address letters to Genealogy, White County Historical Society, PO Box
121, Carmi, IL 62821.

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