|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!
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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.