Free Illinois Online Cemetery and Burial Records

Cemetery records and cemeteries, in general, are a very large part of our family history and is a significant pursuit for many genealogists. Sometimes, the information on a headstone is the only information available for certain ancestors.

What can you find in these records? How about birth, marriage, and death information and clues to military service, religion, and organization memberships? Location of the burial plot, tombstone inscriptions, cemetery maps, sexton registers, and headstone photos are also generally available.

Here are a few good primers on the benefits of searching cemetery records:

Note: Some of the links listed take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. To take full advantage, please make sure that you are logged in to FamilySearch. The results may be different if you are signed in, rather than not.

Below are links to cemetery, burial, and interment records as well as indexes and tombstone inscriptions that are available for free online.

(Updated April 2024)

Illinois Cemetery Records

General U.S.


For all Free Illinois Collection Links in 24 Genealogy Categories, go to the By Location Page, click on Illinois, and then click on the category of interest.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

2 replies on “Free Illinois Online Cemetery and Burial Records”

Items supported by Peoria County Genealogical Society – Peoria, Illinois.
I have not found these on your website, sorry if they are duplicates
Mortuary Index
Borland Mortuary Index

Cemetery Index – (It is by Township, but lists each cemetery in each township indexed)

Civil War Veterans buried in Peoria County
(There are two items on Civil War Vets on this page, Graves and Discharge Papers)

Probate Records (1825-1922) Not a complete listing

Undertaker Index (1872-1915) – 5 Publications
List of death records, the full printed books are at the Peoria Public Library or Online for members.

War 1812 Soldiers Bounty Land Grants, also available on Fold 3

Thanks for these. I will check them out – see if they are doubles and if I don’t have them in my lists I will add them. Please give me some time. I usually add new items when I do a scheduled update. Much appreciated!!!

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