following four cemeteries have over 60% of the Jewish burials in
(Forest Park): 150,000 burials from 1860s-present
(Chicago): 48,000 burials from 1937-present
& Weiss (Forest Park): 26,000 from 1888-present
Sons (Forest Park): estimated 12,000 burials from late 1800s-present
The oldest cemeteries in Chicagoland are:
Benevolent Society: 1500 burials from 1854-2001
Graceland: 5000 burials from
estimated 10,000 Jewish burials from 1860s-present
Silverman & Weiss,
Free Sons: shown
a commercial website which
has digitized photos of grave from a number of cemeteries.
Currently, there are about 135,000 headstone images from Chicago
area Jewish cemeteries.
Waldheim - 105,224*
Rosemont/Mt. Zion - 10,611
Rosehill - 10,978
Memorial Park, Skokie - 6102
New Light, Lincolnwood - 1,609
Westlawn - 2,634
It is offered a no cost to member if the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.
list of Jewish cemeteries
We have also compiled an
alphabetical list of all organizations and Congregations which
have sections at one of the Jewish cemeteries in Chicagoland. By
accessing this list you can determine which cemetery has the
section you are interested in finding. This list can be found
funeral home companies exist today which have historical records. Their records may include address of
deceased, next of kin including address, phone number, burial plot location,
Social Security number of the deceased, clergy, ...
Chapels: records from 1900 holding files of former Original Weinsteins, Hartman-Miller,
Gratch-Mandel, Albert & Jaffe, and J. (Jacob) Weinstein.
Family Services: records from 1894 holding files of former
Weinstein Bros., Palmer-Lauer, and Robert A. Weinstein.
& Company: records from 1930s
Death Records including Certificates/Notices/Obituaries
certificates were not required by law in Illinois until after 1916. Some records do exist,
however, going back as far as the
great Chicago Fire in 1871.
Joe Beine maintains an index of Cook County