“Many people ask how the large Cook County cemetery containing over 38,000 bodies could have been forgotten. To understand, we must look at its history.” And looking at its fascinating history is just what Barry A. Fleig has done on his new website Cook County Cemetery.
In addition to giving us a fascinating history lesson, Fleig has given the public a database currently containing just over 7,800 names. The sources for this data include:
- Death Certificates filed in Cook County and/or the State of Illinois 1878-1922
- Cook County Coroner’s Reports 1878- August 1904
- Monthly death and burial entries and reports within the Journal of Proceedings, Board of Cook County Commissioners for the years 1866‑1912
- Death Register December 8 1898 ‑ February 25 1914
- A few surviving Journal pages from the Cook County Institution at Dunning
While there is still more work to be done, there is no reason to wait to recognized this outstanding effort. Thank you Mr. Fleig!