If this is your first visit:
Discover great facts and stories about 272 Chicago area cemeteries. Many cemeteries have vanished or no longer outwardly resemble a place of burial. You will be surprised to find where the dead have been in and around Chicago.
What you can find
803 cemetery listings:. Thumbnail information of 272 cemeteries, 258 cross references all found in the “list of all cemeteries” pages,as well as over 300 Jewish cemeteries within other cemeteries, the majority in Jewish Waldheim
The blog posts are my best and most interesting feature stories and topics. Don’t miss some of the earliest blogs like a liquor license in a cemetery or an elevator. Check out the cemetery under the Bowmanville pickle farm. Check back often as I have so many more stories to tell about the 272 cemeteries, as well as cemetery related topics. click on the “recent posts” on the right.
Cook County Cemetery at Dunning, the incredible story of how we lost and rediscovered a cemetery containing 38,000 souls. Click on the link at the top of the page for part of the story, but for the whole story, visit www.cookcountycemetery.com
A GOOD READ about Cook County Cemetery (Dunning): Grave Mistake by Harold Henderson Sept 1989 https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/grave-mistake/Content?oid=874451
If I can help with your question on a burial location of a lost relative, understanding a death certificate, or any cemetery question in general, email me and I will be happy to help : Barry A Fleig email@example.com
If you are a returning visitor
Welcome back. I hope you find more blogs and information. Hopefully I will have added since your last visit. I have much to add, limited only by time constraints. If there is a particular topic you wish to see, tell me and I will do my best to post on your request Write me at Bartonius84@hotmail.com
And for all readers
This website is the modern version of a cemetery book research project began about 1988. After visiting hundreds of cemetery sites, libraries, and other resources, I had decided to document all burial places in Chicago and Cook County. So instead of writing about the just most obvious and large cemeteries,
There is an urgency for us to know and appreciate all of these burial places and their stories. The landscape of Cook County, Illinois is constantly changing, often at the expense of our cemeteries. Chicago and Cook County continues to reinvent and rebuild, leaving behind a rich history. Farmland has given way to shopping centers, expressways, toll roads, airports and subdivisions. Neighborhoods, and communities of yesterday have been replaced with new construction, altering our land and disguising our rich history.
Saint Johannes Lutheran Cemetery within O’Hare International Airport, perceived by the City of Chicago to “be in the way”. The entire cemetery was disinterred and all graves were moved elsewhere.
Many of our community burying grounds and churchyard cemeteries have been pushed aside, neglected or have vanished altogether, often in the name of “progress”. Commercial development poses a constant threat to cemeteries that are perceived to be “in the way of progress”. Cemeteries that were once well outside city limits have now found themselves surrounded by urban development. Of the many cemeteries that have managed to survive, weather and vandalism has taken their toll. Under intense geographic and economic pressure, our valuable cemetery history continues to fade, and with it, an important part of our own heritage and culture. I hope that through this website you will discover, learn, and celebrate the city’s history beneath the ground..
Please come back to this website often and enjoy!
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IN THE NEWS:
Famicity, based in France, posted November 24 2017 written by Erin Harris. https://blog.famicity.com/2017/11/preserving-cemeteries-in-chicago-illinois/?lang=en
DNAinfo was a great print and electronic media in Chicago. Check out their Oct 29 2017 Article https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20171030/west-ridge/barry-fleig-cemetery-blog-sheiners-picnic-grove