of Boone County
by Illinois State Genealogical
Society Cemetery Location Project
In the late
1970s/early 1980s, the ISGS
Cemetery Location project was
started at the encouragement of
the Illinois State Archives. Some
information, although not
uniform, was obtained from local
county genealogy and historical
societies, which was input into a
database and was made available
to researchers at the Illinois
A few years
ago, Illinois State Genealogical
Society volunteers rediscovered
this old database (which was on
disk) and were able to recover
most of the information, putting
it on the Internet for all to use.
A little over half of the
counties were represented and all
with various detail and none of
Project Coordinator Joan Lund
began to build the missing
counties using Honor Rolls,
State of Illinois Veterans
Commission and the U.S.
Geographical Survey web site.
Here one can locate some but not
all of the cemeteries in a county
(cemeteries that are less then 50'
squared are not reflected in the
database, nor are they on actual
USGS maps). Lund then cross-checked
cemetery locations using USGS
maps and an Illinois Department
of Transportation map for each
county, filling in the section
numbers and, where obvious, the
quarter section numbers.
It is Lunds
plan to turn this database, which
now contains some 15,000 entries,
into a searchable database soon.
Currently, if someone has the
name of an Illinois cemetery but
has no idea where it might be
located, he/she may write Lund,
who will search her database.
About half of the counties are
missing those small cemeteries
that are less than 50' squared.
To contact Joan Lund, Cemetery
Location Coordinator, e-mail her