Lisa Gerald

Member for
13 years · 5 months · 15 days
Find a Grave ID


Feel free to contact me with any corrections or additions to my listings!

Please use the "Edit" tab for making changes to data fields; and select "suggest any other correction or addition" to:
1) Add other info outside the data fields
2) To (optional) provide documentation for changes
3) To request a memorial transfer

I'm happy to transfer individuals unrelated to my family (or more closely related to you), or if you have some special interest in them.

Gravestone photos which I have taken may be freely used for any legitimate genealogical or historical purpose. Please click on the photo to make sure that it's mine, and that I did not just add it; I will credit original photographer.

Please also feel free to add more photos to the memorials - portraits, snapshots, etc. If you need more photo slots just let me know; if you have a better gravestone picture I'm fine with deleting mine.

And here's a standing "Thank you" to the usual suspects, for sending corrections, links & additional info for the local memorials; I know your work is impeccable!


Will be handled case by case. I would prefer to do HTML links to grandparent, sibling or in-law's memorials if there is a lack of info on actual burial site of the connecting generation.

There seems to be a great deal of misunderstanding about this cemetery. Unlike other "township" cemeteries, it is strictly a Potter's Field, which opened in the early 1900's. There are no burials from the 1800's, no burials of people who died in other places, no burials of those with means, and no re-interments. There are two gravestone; one is that of Thomas Rispin, #54813772, which is visible in the far left foreground of the cemetery photo. (St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery is adjacent.) Later joint memorial plaques have been erected. The Aurora library has a book containing what is known about those interred in the cemetery.


Primary focus is documenting West Aurora Cemetery. Nearly all marked graves now have photos posted; a few fallen, broken, and overgrown stones still need to be identified and photographed. (About half of the documented burials are known to be unmarked.) Please check out the "unknowns" if you are missing a family member who you think might be buried at West Aurora!

Currently trying to merge duplicate memorials at West Aurora. If you see any that have been missed, please post below.

Note: The burial record transcript for West Aurora is incomplete, particularly for earlier decades, and has no entries at all from mid October 1883 to late May 1884.

Problems with plot numbers: Most of the memorials were entered from the information contained in a published book on the cemetery. Unfortunately, there are errors, including the omission of all directional locations. So, for instance, a notation that someone was buried "3g S of 677" has been entered as Section 1 Block 1 Lot 677 Grave 3, when the actual burial was not in this lot, but in the 3rd grave south of it. This becomes apparent when I find more than one person buried in a single grave; and they seem to be unrelated. Without the original records, and with most graves being unmarked, it takes a good deal of research to determine if someone belongs in a lot, or was just buried near it. So I am making an effort to link as many family members as possible.

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