Illinois Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Illinois Archdiocese of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1864-1989
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains Catholic cemetery records which begin as early as 1864 and go through 1989.

The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Cemeteries. The records are 95% in English with the remaining 5% distributed in Czech, Latin, German, and Hungarian. See also Genealogical Resources

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Images in this collection are available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account here.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Death / Burial

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Burial dates and places
  • Age
  • Cause of death
  • Residence
  • Birth year
  • Names of children
  • Mortuary or undertaker

Collection Content

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Church records in the United States began in the early 1600s. They can be found in the churches, church archives, or university archives. They normally record christenings, confirmations, marriages, and deaths.

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in the world. Traditionally Catholic records have been kept at the parish level, so a majority of records will be found at the church where the event transpired. Older Catholic records and records of defunct Catholic parishes have often been moved to archives, historical archives or university libraries.

To know who were members, Churches were required to record the date a person was baptized in the Christian religion. Many churches also recorded the date of birth along with the date of baptism. Churches were also required to record the burial and marriage dates of the members of the local congregation. Only some churches performed confirmations and were required to record the names of those that were confirmed members of the church.

Church records are considered a primary source. They are usually reliable because they are kept by the priest or a clerk appointed by the priest, who usually recorded an event at or very near the time it occurred.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate burial or death date
  • The cemetery where your ancestor was buried

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s cemetery record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date or year to search for birth records
  • Use the birth date along with relative’s names to find the family in census records
  • Search for the death record
  • Search for an obituary

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries

Record Finder

Consult the Illinois Record Finder to search other records

Citing this Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago Cemetery Records, 1864-1989," Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2018. Archidiocese of Chicago.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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