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A few words about Dunning cemetery: According to my understanding, some 35,000+ people are believed to have been buried there, including the indigent, orphans, homeless and mentally ill of Cook County. These folks were marginalized in life and in death, and their final resting place has been defiled and destroyed by construction. All that remains is a small "memorial park." There are some websites with information about this place and even lists of those buried there. I have created my own virtual cemetery based on information I've found in Cook County death certificates. My criterion for inclusion is anyone that is listed as being buried at Dunning cemetery, Cook Co. cemetery, orphans that died at the Foundlings' Home with no burial place indicated on their death records, and people listed as being buried at Chicago State Hospital (the last incarnation of Dunning.) My source of information is the Cook Co. death index available on Ancestry and Familysearch websites. I am happy and willing to transfer listings to family members, and will add or correct information to these listings if you contact me.

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