Illinois Regional Archives Depository c/o Special Collections Morris Library – 6632 Southern Illinois University Carbondale, IL 62901-6632 Telephone: (618) 453-3040 Map and Directions Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mail requests should be sent to the address above. However, the depository is located on McLafferty Road one-third mile south of its intersection with Chautauqua Street — not in Morris Library. Visitors unfamiliar with Carbondale may wish to call the depository for directions.
The birth/death/marriage certificates are free.They start at 1763 and end around 1901.There is a 25 cent per page charge for copying costs, and a minimum of $1.00 must be ordered.
Next item:Did Goldie have two brothers?Was one named Rudy?This is really odd, because my grandfather, John Monroe Earl had at least 3 children by his first wife, two sons and a daughter.His daughter's name WAS Goldie, and one son was named Rudy.My mom and her siblings never knew about his first family, until one of my mom's brothers was in the service on a troop train.The soldier beside him asked my uncle his name.When he told him his last name was Earl, the soldier said, "That's my name!"He then asked my uncle who his father was.When my uncle told him John Monroe Earl, the soldier said, "That's my dad!"Unfortunately, my uncle did not get any other information, or if he did, he did not share it with his siblings.
My grandparents were married in 1897 in St. Clair County. They moved to Brookport, IL where he was section foreman for the ICRR.Grandma's name was Sovenia (Venie) Singleton Earl. Grandpa was born in 1866 in Huntington, WV.He refused to talk about his childhood and never ever mentioned his parents or his siblings.He refused to talk about his first wife and children.He did list on his marriage license that he had been married once before he married grandma though.We have no idea what his first wife's name was, nor do we know why he abandoned her and his children (altho his grandfather, Jesse Peter Earles Sr. did the same exact thing).Now, I realize that your Goldie was born after grandpa married grandma, but this is just really too weird!Just thought I'd share this with you (I seriously...VERY seriously, doubt your Goldie and grampa's Goldie are related, but it IS weird!