Just want to let you know that our library has added the 6 volume set of “Bohemian National Cemetery” Indexes to our Reference Collection. The material can be found on the 2nd floor of our library on the Reference shelves behind the “Ask Us” desk. For those of you coming to our library to use this set you will find it is cataloged with the Call Number of R 929.3 BOHEMIAN.
The cemetery itself is located in the northwest part of the City of Chicago at the intersection of Foster Ave (5200 North) and Pulaski (4000 West). You can obtain further information about the Bohemian National Cemetery at the following website:
The volumes cover the following year spans:
- Volume I: Burials 1877-1887
- Volume II: Burials 1888-1892
- Volume III: Burials 1893-1895
- Volume IV: Burials 1896-1899
- Volume V: Burials 1900-1902
- Volume VI: 1877-1902, Indexes
Volumes I through V would generally be used if you have the surname of a person of interest for research and the year they died. If you do not know a year of death use Volume VI because it has all the names included for the total years covered by the set. Find the name here and it will point you to which of the first five volumes where it can found.
Each of the first five volumes has about 11 pages of introductory information on some good insights into the history of the cemetery as well as some translation aids to help with Czech words. There is also a map of the cemetery as well as a map of the City of Chicago that shows the location of the cemetery within the city in relation to the entire city. Well worth looking at this if you want some good background information on the cemetery and the history surrounding it.
All of these indexes and all of the information contained within were created by the Chicago Genealogical society.
If you have a name of interest and you find it in one of the indexes, you will be able to obtain the following information for that name from within Volumes I to Volume V:
- Burial number
- Year of Burial
- Month of Burial
- Day of Burial
- Name of the person, surname first followed by given name
- Grave Location consisting of Row, Number, Lot, Block, Section
- Age of the deceased showing Year, Month and Day if applicable
- Birth Place of the Deceased basically at a high level such as Moravia, Chicago, Bohemia but not at a Town or Village level.
- Place of Death noted as a street address
- Death date consisting of Year, Month, Day
- Undertaker name
- Remarks that might include moving of the body from one section to another or any other remarks of note or interest.
Volume VI is like and Index of Indexes. This volume is good to use first if you have a surname of interest because all the years from 1877-1902 are covered for surnames. Find a name here and it will point you to the specific volume it occurs in where you can obtain all of the above mentioned details.
Volume VI also contains a Grave Location Index. This information is within Lot, Block order within the alphabetical sections of A through Z. Nice to use if you know your ancestor and want to see who is buried around.
Volume VI also contains a Numerical Sections index. It is in Section order first and then within Lot order.
All of the information contained in this set is Bohemian National Cemetery information on grave sites and who is buried at the cemetery. There is no connecting information on obituaries.
For those of you coming to our library to use this set you will find it is cataloged with the Call Number of R 929.3 BOHEMIAN. It is located on our Reference shelves on the 2nd floor of our library behind the Ask Us desk.
If you can’t come to our library to view the material, you can always call us at 847-985-4000. Ask for the “Ask Us” Desk. A librarian should be able to do a quick lookup for you using Volume VI where all the surnames covering 1877 to 1902 can be found.
The books are on the shelf now.
Hope the information contained in them can be of help to your Czech/Bohemian genealogical research for those ancestors that may have lived in Chicago and that may be buried there.
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