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Jessica Goforth (#46514540)
 member for 13 years, 2 months, 26 days
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I am a photo volunteer for Chicago. I will make every attempt to locate a grave as long as there is some indication of where the grave is located in the cemetery (section, plot, etc.). I love genealogy and enjoy helping others find photos of the resting places of their ancestors.

I have photographed all of the legible headstones in Jewish Graceland Cemetery and Wunder's Cemetery, as of summer 2014.

Almost all of the cemeteries in the city of Chicago are very large, with thousands of burials...please include a section/plot number with your photo request. Thank you!

John 11:21-27

Chicago Cemeteries:

Acacia Park Cemetery: Over 100 photo requests. Contact: 773-625-7800

Beth-El and Ridge Lawn Cemeteries: Contact: 847-673-1584

Bohemian National Cemetery: Over 120,000 burials and over 100 photo requests. Contact: 773-539-8442. If you are looking for a burial location, you will need to mail a request to the cemetery office at 5255 N. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60630.

Graceland Cemetery: Over 100,000 burials and over 400 photo requests. Contact:

Irving Park Cemetery: Over 100 photo requests. Contact:

Jewish Graceland Cemetery: Approximately 3,000 burials. I have photographed all legible headstones in this cemetery, as of summer 2014.

Montrose Cemetery: Over 80,000 burials and over 200 photo requests. Contact:

Mount Greenwood Cemetery: Contact: 773-233-0136

Mount Hope Cemetery: Over 400 photo requests. Contact: 708-371-2818

Mount Olive Cemetery: Over 200 photo requests. Contact:

Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery: Over 140,000 burials. Please contact Saint Casimir Cemetery regarding burial records:

Oak Woods Cemetery: Over 900 photo requests. The cemetery office will not do multiple burial location searches, and only releases burial information to family members. There may be a fee. Contact: 773-288-3800

Read Dunning Memorial Park: Approximately 38,000 burials, no headstones. This location served as Chicago's Potter's Field from the 1850s to the 1920s. Re-discovered in the late 1980s, it is now a small memorial park.

Rosehill Cemetery: Over 200,000 burials and over 600 photo requests. Unfortunately, the cemetery management does not allow photographs. I can't fulfill photo requests for this cemetery.

Saint Boniface Catholic Cemetery: Over 90,000 burials. Please contact Calvary Cemetery regarding burial records:

Saint Casimir Catholic Cemetery: Contact:

Saint Henry Catholic Cemetery: Please contact Calvary Cemetery regarding burial records:

Saint Luke Cemetery: Over 25,000 burials and over 80 photo requests. Contact 773-588-0049

Union Ridge Cemetery: Approximately 8,000 burials. A book by the Chicago Genealogical Society lists all known burials (as of 1994) and their locations in the cemetery:

Wunder's Cemetery: Approximately 15,000 burials. Contact:
I have photographed all legible headstones in this cemetery as of summer 2014.

Zion Gardens Cemetery: Formerly Rosemont Park/Mount Mayriv, this cemetery is under new management. To find the grave of a family member, please go to
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RE: Chashkes
Thank you, I've done that.
Added by 1978Owl on Mar 01, 2015 5:58 PM
Andrea Steffan
Thank you
Dear Jessica,

I can not thank you enough for the work that you do to assist people in locating their family members. This evening I found the graves of my great grand parents. Thanks to the photos you painstakingly took and and cataloged and posted I was able to see a picture of my paternal grandfather's father as there is one on his headstone. No other photos of him survived. I sent the link to my dad so he can see the grandfather he never met.

Thank you doesn't really express the depth of the gratitude I feel, and yet, thank you!

With love and gratitude,

Added by Andrea Steffan on Feb 15, 2015 8:21 PM
Need Your Help

I own a cemetery in Illinois and am an avid genealogist. Your work is amazing! Thank you!

I have a personal question for you I would rather not leave here. If you would, please email me at

I hope to hear from you!
Added by LeNette on Jan 16, 2015 2:08 PM
Angel Marie Jacoby
Bruno & Adele Schamberger
Hi. May I use your headstone photo of Bruno Schamberger (#51124411) & his second wife Adele (#51124410) in my family tree, please? Thank you.
Added by Angel Marie Jacoby on Jan 04, 2015 11:34 AM
Farrar and related families
Thank you So Much.
Added by Farrar and related famili... on Jan 02, 2015 2:41 PM
Peter Cohen
Sean Trank
Regarding memorial # 132631774, Sean Trank is buried at Hills of Eternity Cemetery, not Home of Peace. They are virtually the same place. There is a road that divides the cemetery, and the north side is Home of Peace and the south side is Hills of Eternity. I do not know if it is possible to edit a findagrave memorial to change the cemetery. It may be necessary to delete the memorial and re-enter it.
Added by Peter Cohen on Dec 25, 2014 12:49 AM
Iroquois Theater
Maude Ganong Smith, #130208604, was a casualty of the fire along with her daughter Maurine (Maurine is already included in your list). She is listed simply as Mrs Smith on the Eastland Memorial we site.
Added by BobH on Dec 09, 2014 9:28 AM
Gene Meier
RE: Koch Family
Many thanks, Jessica!
"Erie & Wabash" is in River North, near Lambert Tree Studios.
Added by Gene Meier on Dec 05, 2014 12:24 AM
Gene Meier
Family Koch,Wunders Cemetery
I am writing the first book from the American point of view about 19th century rotunda panoramas. These were the biggest paintings in the world, 50 x 400=20,000 square feet, housed in their own rotundas which were 16-sided polygons. Chicago in 1893 had 6 panorama companies and 6 panorama rotundas//I am seeking the grave of EDWARD JOHN KOCH,manufacturer of rich cut glass,born Chicago August 27,1861, son of G., Charles and Caroline Sophia (Francke)Koch--who are buried at WUNDERS CEMETERY. I am seeking contact with a Koch family member.Edward John Koch was a trustee in the United States Panorama Company and purchased 440 shares @ $17,000. He also was a trustee in the National Panorama Company,purchased 225 shares @ $22,500. I WANT TO LEARN about Edward John Koch's friendship with William G. Wehner (Germany 1847-1928 Palo Alto,California), who was in the porcelain & glass business in the 1870s, in the panorama business in the 1880s and later introduced white wine in California(see THE WEHNER MANSION on-line).Wehner lived in Chicago from 1873 but his panorama studio was located in downtown Milwaukee. From 1885-88 he produced 2 units of BATTLE OF ATLANTA,2 units of BATTLE OF MISSIONARY RIDGE & LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, and 3 units of JERUSALEM ON THE DAY OF THE CRUCIFIXION. In fall 1888 Wehner removed to his wine ranch in California. Meanwhile, Edward John Koch not only helped promote rotunda panorama in USA, but also married Pauline J.Meier, daughter of E.F.W.Meier,ex-president of St. Louis City Council,and at one time the most prominent queensware merchant of St. Louis.Big write-up in Marquis THE BOOK OF CHICAGOANS 1905,1911. I have much information to share.
Added by Gene Meier on Dec 04, 2014 5:58 PM
William Nees
Zion Gardens Cemetery
Thank you very much for taking the photographs for me.
Added by William Nees on Nov 30, 2014 4:41 PM
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