Birth and Baptism Records, St. John's Lutheran Church, Plano, Illinois

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Two distinct groups founded the Lutheran Churches of Kendall County. Norwegian and German Lutherans both played important roles in the development of the Lutheran faith in Kendall County. Early German immigrants were served by pastors from Aurora who periodically traveled "the circuit." Pastors who traveled the circuit kept records of births and baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths. This record was called the Kirchen Buch der Evangelisch Lutherischen Germeinder zu Lang Grove und Oswego, Illinois, which translates into, Church vital record book (or parish register) of the Evangelical German Lutheran Church at Long Grove and Oswego, Illinois. Marvellously, from a genealogical standpoint, that record has survived in tact to this date. The earliest entry recorded was dated October 1853. The last entry was made in September 1873.

While the church was referred to as the church of Long Grove and Oswego, ministers served many other areas as well. Kirchen Buch entries indicate that, in addition to the parishioners from Long Grove and Oswego, parishioners from Northville (La Salle County), Somonauk (De Kalb County), Sandwich (De Kalb County), Aurora (Kane County), Bristol, Yorkville and Plano were served by the circuit riding Lutheran pastors.

The earliest Plano entry in the Kirchen Buch was the baptism of Joseph Bode, July 3, 1863. A scattering of Plano entries occurred over the next decade or so. By November 1877, the German Lutherans of Plano banded together to organize their own church, St. Johannes Gemeinde zu Plano, Illinois, which translates into Saint John's Church (parish) at Plano, Illinois. Entries in St. John's parish register were made as early as November 1877 and as late as February 1953. There are, however, major gaps of time in the record leaving one with the feeling that the church was not in continuous operation during this period. After about 1919 entries became more and more infrequent. As far as I have been able to determine, Saint John's Lutheran Church of Plano, Illinois, no longer exists. I have no information as to what form, if any, it might have taken.

A small notation in the Bates and Shelby Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Kendall County, (1914) Volume II, page 827, stated "The Plano Lutherans sometimes hold service in a small building of that city." I do not know if St. John's ever had its own edifice but the forgoing would indicate they did not.

It should be noted that another Lutheran Church was founded in Plano. The First Lutheran Church of Plano was formally organized in October 1883 to serve the Norwegian Lutherans of Plano. However, worship services began about five years before their formal organization. Source: A Bicentennial History of Kendall County, Illinois, edited by Kathy Farren, page 182. The First Lutheran Church of Plano remains in existence today.

The original copy of Saint John's Lutheran Church of Plano, Illinois, records are stored in the Eden Archives in Saint Louis, Missouri. The following was transcribed from a microfilm copy of the original records filmed by the Latter Day Saints church. I know nothing about the Eden Archives but assume it is a repository for Lutheran church records. All of the early records were written in what is referred to as "old German" script. This comprised the majority of the records. Thus, what follows is a translation of the records. Given space limitations and differences in the amount of information provided by the various scribes, it was necessary to decide what should be and what could not be included. It is recommended that researchers use this compilation as a guide or index. If a record is found that the researcher is interested in, the original record should be consulted for any additional information that may be included.

In many cases, but by no means in all, some marvellous additional information may be found. For example, some death records included information on the decedent's place of birth, parent's names, spouse's name, when the decedent came to America, survivor's names, place of burial, as well as the information provided. Some marriage records included information on the bride or groom's date and place of birth, their parent's names, names of witness, and whether or not they had obtained a license from the county.

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SurnameGiven NameGiven NameGiven NameMaiden NameDyMoYrDyMoYrBirthCode
Schreul Clarence Ferdinand Heinrich Mathilda Raguse 10 Feb 1904 17 Apr 1904 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schreul Normann Louis Louis Emma Gale 3 Feb 1898 28 Aug 1898 West Pullman, IL SJCRBap
Schuening Frieda Rosa Minna Friedrich Marie ? 12 Apr 1893 20 Feb 1906 SJCRBap
Schuening Hulda Anna 24 Mar 1889 8 Dec 1907 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Alma Ida Hermine Wilhelm Karl Wilhelmine Schultz 17 Jun 1890 21 Sep 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Anna Auguste Hermine Robert Emilie Loll 30 Nov 1890 28 Dec 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Clara Berta Wilhelm Karl Wilhelmina Schultz 4 Jan 1897 11 Jul 1897 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Emilie Adeline Robert Emilie Loll 2 Oct 1892 27 Nov 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Emma Augusta Robert Emilie Loll 5 Mar 1889 19 Apr 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Helene Emilie Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 29 Nov 1891 14 Feb 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Hermann Friedrich Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 25 Sep 1888 28 Oct 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Johanna Auguste Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 24 Jun 1886 22 Aug 1886 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Lina Maria Wilhelm Karl Wilhelmina Schultz 2 Dec 1894 11 Jul 1897 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Richard Rudolph Eduard August Auguste 25 Oct 1898 16 Apr 1899 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Robert Reinhold Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 25 Oct 1898 16 Apr 1899 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Robert Wilhelm Eduard August Auguste Gottberg 10 Apr 1894 3 Jun 1894 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Wilhelm Karl Wilhelm Karl Wilhelmine Schultz 28 Jan 1900 9 Sep 1900 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schultz Wilhelmine Auguste Wilhelm Karl Wilhelmine Schultz 24 Jul 1892 21 Aug 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schuning Elisabeth Marie 31 May 1886 29 Sep 1907 SJCRBap
Schwark Conradine Josephine Joseph Conradine Goette 12 Aug 1885 31 Aug 1885 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Schwark Wilhelm Conrad Joseph Konradine Hagemann 11 Dec 1887 1 Jan 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Siebert Anna Martha Mathilde Johannes Carl Katharine Anna Heyne 4 Apr 1886 9 May 1886 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Siebert Heinrich Adam Johannes Carl Katharine Anna Heine 9 Oct 1889 17 Nov 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Siebert Karl August Johannes Carl Katharine Anna Heine 20 Sep 1896 28 Sep 1896 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Siebert Lina Louise Johannes Carl Katharine Anna Heine 2 Jan 1888 3 Jan 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Siebert Rudolph Werner Johann Katharine Anna Heine 14 Aug 1894 9 Sep 1894 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Siebert Walter Raymond Johannes Carl Katharine Anna Heine 7 Nov 1906 25 Dec 1906 Plano, IL* SJCRBap
Solomon Clara Johanna Peter Elisabeth Karsten 16 Jan 1890 2 Feb 1890 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Solomon Hermann Emil Peter Elisabeth Karsten 6 Mar 1888 18 Mar 1888 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Solomon Julius Albert Peter Elisabeth Karsten 25 Mar 1893 16 Apr 1893 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Solomon Margarethe Auguste Peter Elisabeth Karsten 23 Mar 1892 24 Apr 1892 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Alfred Michael Amanda Zimmermann 26 Nov 1885 27 Jun 1886 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Anna Jacob Alwine Kolb 27 May 1884 27 Jul 1884 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Carl Friedrich Michael Amanda Zimmermann 14 Oct 1883 3 Feb 1884 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Elisabeth Michael Amanda Zimmermann 16 May 1888 24 Feb 1889 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Heinrich Emil Jacob Marie Kolb 29 Oct 1893 12 Aug 1894 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Lilly Caroline Jacob Alwine Kolb 12 Jan 1889 10 Sep 1891 Plano, IL SJCRBap
Spach Maria Louise Michael Amanda Zimmermann 10 Jul 1891 7 Aug 1892 Millbrook, IL SJCRBap
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