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Illinois Cemeteries

These Illinois Cemeteries are beyond Chicagoland.

This webpage is still under development. If you have any information about the cemeteries in the following communities, please email me.

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Bloomington-Normal

Hebrew Burial Grounds of Bloomington/Normal

Corner of Morris Avenue & Veteran's Parkway
Bloomington, IL

Inquiries to:

Moses Montefiore Congregation
102 Robinhood Lane
Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone: 309-662-3182
Fax: 309-664-6016
Email: mmtemple@verizon.net 

Description of Resources:

There are approximately 350 Jewish burials here dating back to 1875. There continue to be burials here.

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are partially computerized with a list of the names of everyone buried here. There are a number of Jewish organizations and groups buried here.

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Carbondale

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Champaign

Mount Hope Cemetery

611 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
Website: www.sinaitemplecu.org/May2006cemrprt.pdf (history, maps, and names of individuals buried here)
Website: http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/cemetery/ (JOWBR)

Inquiries to:
Sinai Temple
3104 W. Windsor Road
Champaign, IL 61822
Phone: 217-352-8140

Description of Resources:

Basic information on the 316 burials made prior to November 1999 has
been uploaded to the Jewishgen Online Worldwide Burial Registry
(JOWBR) with 246 photos of headstones.

Access to Records and Fees:

These can be accessed via the link above after registering on www.JewishGen.org where JOWBR is housed. A more current listing of burials and entombments (364 as of May 2006) is available as a PDF document containing the history of the cemetery, maps, and information about the individuals interred there.  This document can be downloaded from the Sinai Temple link above.

Less detailed information about Jewish burials in the Illinois towns of
Danville, Mattoon, and Urbana is also be available from the Sinai Temple
Cemetery committee.

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Danville

Spring Hill Cemetery

301 E. Voorhees
Danville, IL 61832

Inquiries to:
S. Mervis
2001 N. Logan Avenue
Danville, IL 61832-1621
Phone: 217-446-9255
Fax: 217-431-3224
Email: smervis@aol.com 

Description of Resources:

There are approximately 250 Jewish burials in Blocks 20 & 20A. The earliest burial is 1906 and they continue through the current year. members of Temple Beth El and Congregation Anshe Knesset Israel are buried here.

Access to Records and Fees:

S. Mervis is the cemetery overseer and has a complete inventory of the names of individuals buried here. Please contact her at the address above.

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Decatur

Joliet

Kankakee

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Mattoon

Dodge Grove Cemetery

917 N. 22nd Street
Mattoon, IL 61938
Phone: 217-234-2055
Website: www.mattoonillinois.org
Website: http://www.mattoonillinois.org//cpindex.htm 

Description of Resources:

There are about 15 burials.

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are not computerized. Contact the cemetery for inquiries.

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Murphysboro

Pleasant Grove Memorial Park

On Old 12 between Carbondale and Murphysboro
Phone: 618-687-1145
Fax: 618-687-1391
Website: http://www.crainsonline.com/pleasantgrove.htm

Mailing Address:

31 Memorial Drive
Murphysboro, IL 62966

Description of Resources:

There are about 30 Jewish burials with no non-Jewish burials in the Beth Judea Section of the cemetery. This section is 1 of 17 sections in Pleasant Grove Memorial Park.

Access to Records and Fees:

The The records are not computerized. Contact the cemetery for inquiries.

 

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Peoria

Peoria Hebrew Cemetery Association

2807 W. Heading 
Peoria, IL 61604
Phone: 309-691-8054
Email: lgriminger6839@comcast.net

Mailing Address

c/o Stella Griminger
6839 N. Fox Point Drive
Peoria, IL 61614

Description of Resources:

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are not computerized. Contact the cemetery for inquiries.

Quincy

Rock Island

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Rockford

Rockford Hebrew Cemetery

Mailing Address
1723 Grant Ave
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 815-965-1924 or 815-399-5497

Description of Resources:

Rockford Hebrew Cemetery is a small cemetery located on Rockford's west side. Auburn Street west to Logan Street [the street that runs along the east side of St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery], turn north, go to the end of the road, curve right, Rockford Hebrew Cemetery is on the left side. It is a small cemetery established around 1915. There are about 300 burials which continue today. 

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are not computerized. Contact the cemetery for inquiries.

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Springfield

Oak Ridge Cemetery

1441 Monument Avenue
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: 217-789-2340
Fax: 217-789-2338
Email: luann.johnson@cwlp.com 

Description of Resources:

The cemetery is over 150 years old and is the second most visited cemetery in the United States containing the remains of Abraham Lincoln. There is both an old (dating to 1865) and new Jewish section. The total number of Jewish burials is over 1500.

Access to Records and Fees:

The records are computerized. Contact the cemetery for inquiries.

 

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