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19 years · 7 months · 12 days
Find a Grave ID


*PLEASE NOTE: Due to major schedule changes, I'm unable to go out to cemeteries as much as I would like for the indefinite future. I will continue uploading pictures I've already taken until my schedule clears up. Thank you for your understanding.

I am a photo volunteer for Chicago. I love genealogy and enjoy helping others find photos of the resting places of their ancestors, loved ones, family and friends.

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

Graceland Cemetery now has all of their burial records online:

Also, the Archdiocese of Chicago now has a "Find Your Loved One" feature where you can search their online burial database:

If you are related to someone who I have made a memorial for and you would like to manage their memorial (and they're not a member of my immediate family), I will be happy to transfer the memorial for you to manage; just ask me.

I use the following resources to determine birth / marriage / death information:
United States Census
Social Security Death Index
"ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune 1849-1996"
"Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989"
"Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940"
"Illinois Cemetery Transcriptions, 1853-2009"
"Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995"
"Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940"
"Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871-1915"
"Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998"
"Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920"
"Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999"
"Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
"Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935"

I have completely photographed all legible headstones in the following cemeteries:

Chicago: Beth-El/Ridge Lawn, Jewish Graceland, Wunder's

Urbana: Yearsley

John 11:21-27

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