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White Co. Heritage

Genealogy research has recently become a national phenomenon. It seems everyone is looking for information on their ancestors and traveling great distances to research their family trees. If your ancestors are from Southeastern Illinois here are several places to begin your research. We strongly recommend you call before visiting these facilities for hours of operation and policies regarding research. Good luck!

Genealogy Resources

Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library

PO Box 121, 203 N. Church St., Carmi

Hours: Tuesday through Friday 11:30 AMto 4:30 PM

Your first stop for genealogy and family history should be the Mary Smith Fay Genealogy Library, featuring over 2500 family histories, Surname files and public record books, such as census and marriage records. Obituaries, cemetery books, maps, birth records, wills and etc.

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Carmi Public Library

103 Slocumb, Carmi

Hours: Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sat. 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Enfield Reading Center

108 E. Main St. , Enfield

Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 1:00 Pm to 4:00 PM

Satellite Library of Norris City Memorial Public Library with Internet Access.


Grayville Public Library

110 Mill St, Grayville


Norris City Memorial Library

603 S. Division St. , Norris City

Hours: M-Th 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri & Sat, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Closed Sunday

District library serving; Springerton, Enfield, Omaha & Norris City. Genealogy library sources, with WI-FI.

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L. Haas Store Museum

215 E. Main, Carmi

L. Haas Store Museum, located across the street from the Ratcliff, features a rather unique display. Bill Hanna, “The Humane Hangman” is showcased with the tools of his trade from an era when criminal sentences were carried out on the gallows.


One Room Country Schoolhouse

Robinson Stree, Carmi

A One Room Schoolhouse is also featured on Robinson Street. It offers nostalgia for some and a history lesson for others.


Ratcliff Inn Museum

214 E. Main Street, Carmi

An 1828 stagecoach inn that has the distinction of an overnight stay from Abraham Lincoln. Displays include artifacts of the White County region.


Robinson Stewart House

110 S. Main Cross Street, Carmi

The Robinson Stewart House also on Main Cross was the home of U.S. Senator James M. Robinson. It features furnishings of that era.


The Matsel Cabin

Main Cross & Robinson Street, Carmi

The Matsel Cabin offers insights into the lives of early settlers of White County.

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