Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Chicagoland

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Jewish Cemeteries

Beth-El Cemetery (see Ridgelawn-Beth El)
Beverly Cemetery
B'nai Brith (see Rosemont Park)
B'nai Jehoshua (see Rosemont Park)
Evergreen Cemetery
Free Sons Cemetery Association

Hebrew Benevolent Society of Chicago

Isaiah Israel (see Rosemont Park)

Jewish Graceland and Lakeview Cemetery
Knesset Israel (Hammond)
Memorial Park Cemetery
Menorah Gardens 
Montrose Cemetery
Mt. Mayriv (see Rosemont Park)
New Light Cemetery

Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemeteries
 
Oakwoods

Ridgelawn-Beth El Cemeteries

Rosehill Cemetery
Rosemont Park
Shalom Memorial Park and Randhill Park Cemetery

Silverman & Weiss Cemetery

Waldheim Cemetery Co.

Westlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum Association, Inc.

Zion Gardens

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Beverly Cemetery   (3 Sept 2004 per Debbie)

120th and South Kedzie Avenue 
Blue Island, IL 60406  
Phone: 708-385-0750  
Fax: 708-396-8940
 

Description of Resources:

Burials from the following synagogues: Congregation Am Echad, Anshe Sholom, Congregation Beth Sholom, Temple B'nai Yeduda. Most of the Jewish burials are in section #11.

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are not computerized and are organized alphabetically. Call the office for information regarding a specific individual.

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Evergreen Cemetery - Court of David (8 March 2005)

8700 S. Kedzie  
Evergreen Park, IL 60805  
Phone: 708-422-9051
 

Description of Resources:

Jewish burials are in the Court of David section.  Burials from Cong. Beth Jacob of Scottsdale, Cong. Kehilath Israel - Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol, Cong. Rodfei Sholom - Oir Chodesh, Cong. Shomer Hadas, Jewish War Veterans - South Section, and Lawn Manor Hebrew Cong. Also, many individuals from the Drexel Home for the Aged are buried here in a different section.

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are not computerized and can be best accessed by telephoning the cemetery.  

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Free Sons Cemetery Association (07 Sept 2004)

1600 S. Des Plaines Avenue  
Forest Park, IL 60130  
Phone: 708-366-4541 (Waldheim Cemetery)
Phone: 800-222-4541 (out of IL)
 

Description of Resources:

Jewish burials from the late 1800s through the present.  Total Jewish plus non-Jewish burials are approximately 12,000.  The cemetery is a not-for-profit, Fraternal Order Jewish cemetery.  The cemetery has two gates and contains the graves of many German Jews.

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are not computerized and can be best accessed by telephoning the cemetery. The records are now being managed by Waldheim Cemetery.  

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Hebrew Benevolent Society of Chicago  Updated 11/11/05)  Howard Eiseman 847-520-0699

3919 N. Clark  
Chicago, IL 60613  
Phone: 847-279-8115  
Fax: 847-279-8116
E-mail: HBENSOC@comcast.net  
Mailing Address:
Cathy Eiseman Horwitz 
1132 Lockwood Drive
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

There are four sections that make up the original Jewish Graceland Cemetery.  

Gate 1: B'nai Zion (654 burials)
Gate 2: B'nai Shalom, KAM (948 burials)
Gate 3: Hebrew Benevolent Society (1249 burials)
Gate 4: Chevra Kadisha (837 burials)

The two center sections (Gates 2 & 3) are owned by the Hebrew Benevolent Society. The North section (Gate 1) and the South section (Gate 4) are owned by Doris Wess-Evon and described under Jewish Graceland.  

Description of Resources:

Jewish burials from 1854 through 2001.  Total Jewish burials are estimated at over 1500 with no non-Jewish burials.  The cemetery is open by appointment only.

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are computerized and can be best accessed by telephoning the cemetery. The records have been indexed and are also available through the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. For more information e-mail JewishGraceland@jgsi.org .

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Jewish Graceland and Lakeview Cemetery
  
(21 April 2004 per recorded message)

3900 N. Clark Street  
Chicago, IL 60613  
Phone: 312-409-4296  

Mailing Address:
 

JGC Company
P.O. Box 13132 
Chicago, IL 60613  

There are four sections that make up the original Jewish Graceland Cemetery.  

Gate 1: B'nai Zion (654 burials)
Gate 2: B'nai Shalom, KAM (948 burials)
Gate 3: Hebrew Benevolent Society (1249 burials)
Gate 4: Chevra Kadisha (837 burials)

The North section (Gate 1) and the South section (Gate 4) are owned by Doris Wess-Evon and are described here. The two center sections (Gates 2 & 3) are owned by the Hebrew Benevolent Society and are described under Hebrew Benevolent Society.

Description of Resources:

Jewish burials from 1857 through 2000. Total Jewish burials are over 5000 with no non-Jewish burials. The cemetery is open by appointment only. 

Access to Records and Fees:

Genealogical records cannot be accessed by telephone. Send a letter to the mailing address above with the names and death dates (if known) of individuals being researched. Also include a $35 research fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope
. The check should be made out to Jewish Graceland-Lakeview. For historic information about the cemetery, contact the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.                         

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Knesset Israel (Hammond)

5246 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN 46320
Phone: 219-931-5380

Description of Resources:

The cemetery has about 612 burials from Congregation Beth Israel. There is no cemetery office at the cemetery.

Access to Records and Fees:

The records can be accessed by telephoning the cemetery or by going onto JewishGen and accessing the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR). You can also call Congregation Beth Israel at 219-923-1818 for information.

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Memorial Park Cemetery

9900 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60076
Phone: 847-864-5061
Fax: 847-677-7814

Description of Resources:

The earliest burials (1911) were mainly Norwegians, Swedes, and Germans. Over 50% of current burials, however, are Jewish. Total burials number over 77,000 with an estimated 30,000 of these being Jewish. The largest Jewish group is Anshe Emet Synagogue with four sections. There are also Beth Olam, Menorah, Makom, and Temple Mizpah sections. 

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are not computerized and can be best accessed by telephoning the cemetery. 

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Menorah Gardens
 

2630 South 17th Avenue
Broadview, IL 60153
Phone: 708-366-4541
Fax: 708-366-4575
Mailing Address:
1400 Des Plaines Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60130-2598

Description of Resources:

Burials from the 1930s. Operated by Waldheim Cemetery. Number of burials included in Waldheim’s numbers. 

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are computerized and can be best accessed by telephoning the cemetery. The telephone number above is the Waldheim office.

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Montrose Cemetery
  (reviewed 25 Aug 2005 with John Cannon)

5400 N. Pulaski  
Chicago, IL 60630  
Phone: 773-478-5400  
Fax: 773-478-5550

Description of Resources:

The earliest Jewish burial was around 1921 with the most recent one being in 1991.  Of the over 83,000, total burials only 75 of them are Jewish.  

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are not computerized and can be best accessed by telephoning the cemetery. 

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New Light Cemetery
Association

6807 N. East Prairie Road
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Phone: 847-676-1122
Fax: 847-676-1241 

Description of Resources:

Jewish burials total over 1500 dating from around 1898 to the present. 

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are computerized. They include, however, only the name of deceased but not the date of death.

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Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemeteries
 

4301 W. Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162
Phone: 708-344-5600
Fax: 708-344-5658

Description of Resources:

Jewish burials from 1929 through present year. Total Jewish plus non-Jewish burials are approximately 100,000.  Less than 20% of the burials are Jewish. Groups with burials here include Jewish War Vets, Chevra Kadisha, Oak Park Temple, and West Suburban Temple.
Also sections for Bella & Sarah Dicker Aid Society, Chevra Kadisha Ezras Nicochim, Federal Fellowship Club, Jewish Brotherhood, Lawn Manor Jewish Community Center, Southtown Hebrew Cong., and Yarmo-Devere Post American Legion
 

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are partially computerized and can be best accessed by telephoning the cemetery.

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Oak Woods
     (reviewed 1/12/05) 

1035 E. 67th Street
Chicago, IL 60637  
Phone: 773-288-3800  
Fax: 773-228-4960
E-mail: oakwoods@alderwoods.com
Website: www.OakwoodsCemetery.com  (history & general info only) 

Description of Resources:

Total buri