Have you heard?? You can now view over 55,000 photos of tombstones from 78 cemeteries in Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, and Greene counties free online! Also included are photos of the Smallpox Island Confederate POW Memorial in West Alton, Mo., and of cemeteries in Leelanau County, Michigan.
Bette Flactiff and Sue Williams both know how vital burial information can be to family historians who are looking for their elusive ancestors. Two years ago they began photographing the Alton City Cemetery, and the project just blossomed! We are grateful to Bette and Sue for spending their time, energy, and money to photograph so many tombstones and share them with us. The Hayner Public Library District has uploaded the photos, and they are now available online.
View the photos by typing the Web site URL (http://graves.haynerlibrary.org/zenphoto/) directly into your browser bar. If you are on the Hayner Library Web site, click on Our Services and on Genealogy Help. Scroll down to Illinois Research, and click on Regional Cemeteries and Graves.There are several ways to search for a gravestone on the Web site. You can click on the county in which the cemetery is located, and then click the name of the cemetery. The tombstone photos are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.
Another option is to search for a tombstone by the name of your ancestor. In the search box at the top of the page, type the person’s surname and then their first name. When you click Enter, all graves with that name will appear.
You can also search the Military section. Tombstone photos of veterans are organized by the name of the war in which they fought, including the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. Burials of veterans who served between wars or who fought in more than one war are also included.
Enjoy searching for your ancestors on this free Web site provided by The Hayner Public Library District!