Illinois Cemetery Transcriptions (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Illinois, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Cemetery
Collection years 1853-2009
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes cemetery transcriptions from 1853 to 2009.

Images of cemetery transcriptions and records from various localities in Illinois. The general time period for this collection is 1853-2009 but varies by individual cemetery. As of April 2012, records for the following cemeteries are included in this collection:

Elmwood Cemetery, Centralia, Illinois

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1853-2009.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Name of cemetery
  • Date of birth
  • Date of death
  • Name of father
  • Name of mother
  • If the grave is for a veteran
  • Name of mortuary
  • Lot number

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The date of death.
  • The approximate birth date.
  • The names of other family members and their relationships.


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Record Description" category which takes you to the images

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s burial record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Burial records are often brief so it can be easy confuse individuals. Compare what is information is given with what you already know about your ancestor to make sure it is the correct person.

Next, look at the pieces of information given in the burial record for new information. Add any new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads 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 your relative’s names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the locality and relative's name to locate church and land records.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person with the same surname. This is especially helpful for rural areas or unusual surnames.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have been buried in the same cemetery or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person with a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby cemeteries.

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 Cemetery Transcriptions, 1853-2009." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Cemeteries, Illinois.

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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