Jersey County Historical Society
601 N. State Street
Jerseyville, Illinois 62052

webmaster: Beth McGlasson
Jersey County Cemeteries
Over the years, several projects have been undertaken to record the cemeteries of Jersey
County. In 1972, a woman named Elaine Witt from Springfield, Illinois, located many of the
county's abandoned cemeteries and recorded the headstones she found. In the 1980s,
abandoned and active cemeteries were revisited, and burial records were expanded and
updated. Former resident John Loy and his wife, Diane, have spent many recent summers
working again to locate both the abandoned and active cemeteries of Jersey County to
compile burial lists, photograph headstones, and gather GPS coordinates. A few years ago,
Dennis and Beth McGlasson of Jerseyville began helping the Loys in the efforts to record all
the Jersey County cemeteries. Our resulting burial lists have been supplemented by
information from newspapers, historical narratives, funeral home records, and family Bibles
and records.

The vast majority of these burial lists -- as well as all photos of headstones and, in some case,
family information -- have been added to
Find a Grave. (There are no fees associated with this
site, so please visit it.) Burial lists, GPS coordinates and driving directions to all Jersey
County cemeteries are available at the historical society's
Genealogy Research Center.

If you would like to add names to our lists, please contact Beth McGlasson at or 618-498-3824.
Jersey County Cemetery Statistics
  • Jersey County contains more than 120 cemeteries spread throughout its 11 townships.
  • About 20 of the original cemeteries have been destroyed.
  • English township has the largest number of cemeteries with 20 known cemeteries. Elsah
    township contains the fewest with three identified cemeteries and one single grave.
  • Hundreds of veterans are buried in Jersey County, including seven men who fought in the
    Revolutionary War. To view a list of these burials, visit our Roll of Honor. I am adding
    these now. Please be patient.
  • There are a handful of marked single grave sites in existence in the county today.   
Abandoned Cemeteries
Illinois state law does not grant individuals, even direct descendants, the right to visit
cemeteries located on private property. If you wish to visit such a cemetery, contact the
landowner to request permission. The Jersey County Plat Book can be helpful in finding
names, or the Jersey County Assessor's Office should be able to help you find the landowner's

State laws enacted in 1989 protect Illinois cemeteries from destruction, even from
landowners who wish to use that ground for other purposes. Offenders may be charged with
a misdemeanor or felony, depending on how many graves are destroyed.

For more information, read
Illinois abandoned cemeteries.
Reading Old Headstones
Please remember that headstones are fragile, and laws govern their cleaning, restoration,
movement, etc.

If you wish to photograph a tombstone that is difficult to read, lightly spraying it with water.
The water on the flat surface of the stone should evaporate more quickly than the water in the
engraving, making it more legible. A sheet of aluminum foil used to reflect more light onto the
stone will emphasize the shadows of the engraving, also making it more easy to read.

never use shaving cream, toothpaste, chalk or flour on stones. All can cause permanent
damage to stones, as will such household cleaning as bleach and TSP.

Illinois provides some excellent info regarding this subject in its
cemetery preservation