Illinois Cemeteries

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Cemetery records, such as tombstone and sexton’s records, often give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, and may give a maiden name or a birthplace.

Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. Symbols and abbreviations may lead you to other records.

Online Resources

Brooklyn Cemetery in Rockvale Township, Ogle County, Illinois

Locating Cemeteries

The Illinois Cemetery Project of the Illinois State Genealogical Society has identified hundreds of cemeteries and their exact locations in the state. This information is on their Internet site and hosted by Rootsweb. Cemetery Location Project. This is a county-by-county listing of cemetery names, their locations, and indicates if the tombstones have been abstracted. The information has also been published regularly since 1972 in the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly cited in Illinois Periodicals. Headstone abstracts are not part of this project.

For more information on cemetery records, see United States Cemeteries.

Lookup Volunteers

Print and Microfilm Abstracts

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection

Family History Library Collection

1. Access the FamilySearch Catalog
2. Type the word "Illinois" in the place-names search; then click, Search.
3. Locate the topic, Cemetery
4. OR, type in a county in Illinois in the place-names search; then click, Search
5. Locate the topic, Cemetery.
6. To explore each cemetery title, click on the highlighted blue title.

ILLINOIS, [Name of County], [Name of Town]- CEMETERIES


Several periodicals have published inscriptions and inventories from Illinois cemeteries. These are referenced in the "Places" portion of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), described in Illinois Periodicals.

For records on related record types, see Illinois Funeral Homes, Illinois Obituaries, and Illinois Vital Records.


Web Sites

The Illinois GenWeb Project

Illinois Genealogy and History


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