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Jessica Goforth (#46514540)
 member for 12 years, 7 months, 20 days
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I am a photo volunteer for Chicago. I will make every attempt to locate a grave as long as there is some indication of where the grave is located in the cemetery (section, plot, etc.). I love genealogy and enjoy helping others find photos of the resting places of their ancestors.

Almost all of the cemeteries in the city of Chicago are very large, with thousands of burials...please include a section/plot number with your photo request. Thank you!

Chicago Cemeteries:

Beth-El and Ridge Lawn Cemeteries: Contact 847-673-1584

Bohemian National Cemetery: Over 120,000 burials and over 300 photo requests. Contact 773-539-8442

Graceland Cemetery: Over 100,000 burials and over 400 photo requests. Contact:

Jewish Graceland Cemetery: Approximately 3,000 burials. I have photographed all legible headstones in this cemetery. Unfortunately, about 1/4 of the cemetery's headstones are toppled, broken or too old and weather worn to read. If you are looking for someone listed that does not have a headstone photo, please PM me and I'll try to find it.

Montrose Cemetery: Over 80,000 burials and over 200 photo requests. Contact:

Mount Olive Cemetery: Over 200 photo requests. Contact:

Rosehill Cemetery: Over 200,000 burials and over 500 photo requests. Unfortunately, the cemetery management does not allow photographs. I can't fulfill photo requests for this cemetery.

Saint Boniface Catholic Cemetery: Over 90,000 burials. Please contact Calvary Cemetery regarding burial records:

Saint Henry Catholic Cemetery: Please contact Calvary Cemetery regarding burial records:

Saint Luke Cemetery: Over 25,000 burials and over 60 photo requests. Contact 773-588-0049

Union Ridge Cemetery: Approximately 8,000 burials. A book by the Chicago Genealogical Society lists all known burials (up to 1994) and their locations in the cemetery:

Wunder's Cemetery: Approximately 15,000 burials and over 80 photo requests. Contact:
I just started photographing Wunder's, and hope to have it completed within a year.

Zion Gardens Cemetery: Formerly Rosemont Park/Mount Mayriv, this cemetery is under new management. To find the grave of a family member, please go to

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Lillian Kortebein
Thank you Jessica for looking for my G Grandfather's sister's marker and for taking a picture of the area in the cemetery. I really appreciate it!
Added by Lois on Jul 28, 2014 4:00 PM
George St John Gravesite
Thanks so much for posting this photo of George and Tillie St John's gravesite at Union Cemetery. It is much appreciated by me and other family members who are researching the St John side of our family tree. You are wonderful to do this for so many people!
Added by JVicory on Jul 25, 2014 4:57 PM
Finding a Cemetery location in Chicago
Hi Jessica,

Since you live in Chicago and know the cemeteries well, I wondered what your thoughts were for this.

I worked on this for a woman in England a while ago. I looked up the death notice and accident report in the Beloit, WI paper and death cert at the Rockford library. I have been unable to find the cemetery she is buried in.

Sep 18, 1915- Mable Williams, 30, A housemaid of Chicago was visiting a friend at their farm in Rockton, IL. She was crushed by a horse in the barn and died. A brother also living in Chicago claimed her body and had her buried in Chicago. All the death cert says for where she is buried is "Chicago".

Her brother's name was John M. Williams and his address on her death cert is 611 N. Hamlin ave., Chicago, IL.

My thought is he would have picked a cemetery close to where he lived. Could you tell me what cemeteries that would be? Thank you so much for any thoughts you have or any help you can give me. I can email you the articles and her death cert if you would like. I have tried but could never find any thing of her death in the Chicago papers on line.


Added by Justine on Jul 20, 2014 12:57 PM
RE: #51124505
Hi Jessica,

If you already have the photo for the gravesite next to the one for #51124505, can you create the memorial for it and post the photo please? It would help me with my family history research a lot. No rush on getting a photo of them together, it's just something that would be nice to have. Thanks!
Added by aks on Jul 18, 2014 10:05 AM
Adjoining gravesite for #51124505

In the photo for memorial #51124505, there is obviously a gravesite next to this one. I was wondering if you could create a memorial of that gravesite and post a photo of it and the two gravesites together if possible. Thank you!
Added by aks on Jul 17, 2014 11:03 PM
Mickow Headstone
Thank you thank you!!!
Added by slschaefer on Jul 09, 2014 9:20 AM
Laib Grave
Thanks so much! Marion
Added by Marion on Jul 08, 2014 8:11 PM
Joe Marek
Joseph and Mary Egem
If you are not related to Joseph (#107203097) and Mary (#107203154) Egem, would you consider transferring the memorials to me. Mary was my Grandfather Marek's sister. I have been working on some genealogy with Joseph's grand daughter.If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated.
Added by Joe Marek on Jul 08, 2014 12:53 PM
Randall Blecha
RE: James and Blanche Blecha
Thank you, Jessica.

Added by Randall Blecha on Jul 07, 2014 12:37 PM
Charlotte McConaha
RE: Bessie Willoughby
No Problem, it has been transferred, and I am sure in good hands.
Added by Charlotte McConaha on Jul 06, 2014 3:55 PM
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