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Illinois Genealogy Resources

Cemetery Records

Cemetery records, such as tombstone and sexton’s records, may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, and the maiden names. Sometimes they include birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. Family members may also be buried nearby. The Illinois Cemetery Project of the Illinois State Genealogical Society has identified hundreds of cemeteries and their exact locations in the state.
  • Beutler, Faye. Lutheran Burial Records, 1839-1932, Springfield, Illinois: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church ... Springfield, Illinois: The Church, 1986, c1984.
     
  • Cemeteries in Illinois by County  - A Location Guide
     
  • Cemetery Records of Illinois
     
  • Coltrin, Gerald Edward. Black Hawk War veterans buried in the State of Illinois / compiled by Gerald Edward Coltrin. Peoria, Ill. : Coltrin, 1979. iv, 72 p. ; 28 cm.
     
  • Daughters of the American Revolution. Cemetery records, family histories, school attendance.  Illinois Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1969.
     
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator
     
  • Dickson, Elmer. Cemetery Records, Fox River Cemetery, a.k.a. Fox River Lutheran Church Cemetery, Miller Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. Chico, California: E. Dickson, 1998.
     
  • Dickson, Elmer and Sydney S. Dickson. Cemetery Records, Cross Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Kendall Township, Kendall County, Illinois. Yorkville, Illinois: Kendall County Historical Society, 2001.
     
  • Dickson, Elmer. Cemetery Records, Helmar Cemetery, a.k.a. North Prairie Cemetery, Big Grove Township, Kendall County, Illinois. Chico, California: The author, 1999.
     
  • Dickson, Elmer and Charles F. Dirst. Cemetery Records, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kendall Township, Kendall County, Illinois. Chico, California: E. Dickson, 1996.
     
  • Dickson, Elmer and Charles F. Dirst. Cemetery Records, Plattville Lutheran Church, Seward Township, Kendall County, Illinois. Yorkville, Illinois: Kendall County Historical Society, 2002.
     
  • Dickson, Elmer and Charles F. Dirst. Church [i.e. Cemetery] Records, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church [Cemetery] of Kendall County, Illinois. Yorkville, Illinois: Kendall County Historical Society, 1999.
     
  • Directory of Illinois Cemeteries - Cemetery Junction
     
  • Geographic Names Information Systems (GNIS) identifies many Illinois cemeteries.
     
  • Graveyards in Chicago - Over 200 excellent photos and history of Chicago's most famous tombs and cemeteries.
     
  • Griffis, Joan Feistel. "Veterans To Get Tombstones - Finally!"  Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly 37, 4 (Winter 2005) 34-38. Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville, Illinois was established in 1864 and has an area set aside for veterans called The Veterans Circle where 437 veterans are buried.
     
  • Grosse, T. Johannes. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery and Burial Records, 1837-1988, and Soul's Register, 1888. Lombard, Illinois: DuPage County (IL) Genealogical Society, 1989.
     
  • Huff, Joan Fageol. Transcription of Tombstone Inscriptions, St. Peter Cemetery, 2501 E. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, IL: Western Portion Inside Same Fence as Memory Gardens - Just East of Waterman Ave. Arlington Heights, Illinois: The author, 1976-1978.
     
  • Hutchinson, Florence. "State Hospital Patient Burials: Diamond Grove Cemetery, 1935-1939." Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly 37:1 (Spring 2005) pp. 42-53.
     
  • Hutchinson, Florence. "State Hospital Patient Burials: Diamond Grove Cemetery, 1943-1946." Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly 37:3 (Fall 2005) pp. 44-49.
     
  • Illinois Cemeteries - Interment.net
     
  • Illinois Cemetery Preservation - Saving Graves
     
  • Illinois Revolutionary War Veteran Burials - Subscription service from Ancestry.com.
     
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society Cemetery Project
     
  • Illinois State Genealogical Society. Soldiers of the American Revolution buried in Illinois : a Bicentennial project of the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Springfield : The Society, 1976, c1975. 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
     
  • Inscription on Stones of Crane School Durand Howard (Howard Union) Lutheran (Rock Run-Church Hill) Webster (Oakland-Farmingdale-Turner) St. Mary's: Cemeteries in Durand Township, Winnebago County, Illinois. Rockford, Illinois: North Central Illinois Genealogical Society, 1987.
     
  • Interment.net - Cemeteries of Illinois
     
  • Labisky, Holly Hope. Cemeterying with Hope / Holly Hope Labisky, [Hope Hayes Labisky]. Champaign, Ill. : For More Than Pavement, 2003. 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
     
  • Lawless, Lucille. Timber Township Cemeteries. Peoria, Illinois: Peoria County Genealogical Society, 1992.
     
  • Lundberg, Gertrude W. Cook County Cemeteries. Homewood, Illinois: Root and Tree Genealogical Publications,1972.
     
  • Lundberg, Gertrude W. Cook County Tombstones. Homewood, Illinois: Root & Tree Publications, 1970-1979?
     
  • Nationwide Grave Locator. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
     
  • The Political Graveyard - Locates burial locations of politicians
     
  • [Mercer County, Illinois Cemetery Records]. [S.l.: s.n., 1930-1990?]
     
  • St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery. South Holland, Illinois: The South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, 1987.
     
  • Soldiers' Burial Places in State of Illinois for Wars, 1774-1898, is available on thirty-one reels of microfilm from the Family History Library.