Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Calvary Cemetery Photos

In honor of Halloween, I will be posting some cemetery photos this week. This first photo is of my mom and dad’s headstone. They are buried in Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois. Calvary is a large Catholic Cemetery in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It was founded in 1859, and was popular with the north side Irish (if a cemetery can ever be called popular.) I’ve seen many obituaries from the late 1800s that contained the words “thence by carriage to Calvary.”

The second photo shows the statue of St. Patrick near the front entrance to Calvary Cemetery. My parents’ grave is near the statue. In the background is Chicago Avenue, and the Chicago “L” tracks that go through Evanston and end in Wilmette.

Here is a link to the Catholic Cemeteries Archdiocese of Chicago website. It contains information about the consecration date, location and current contact information for the 43 Catholic Cemeteries in Cook and Lake counties, Illinois.


davinflinn said...


Are you aware of online information for who is buried in Calvary?

Jacksonville, FL

Kathy Brady-Blake said...

Hi Tom. I am not aware of any website that has complete information about burials at Calvary. www.findagrave.com has some burials, but it is incomplete.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has a database of all burials. The information is available to the public through kiosks which are installed at the cemeteries. A few cemeteries have a kiosk that can access the entire database. Other cemeteries have a kiosk that only accesses that cemetery's burials. I have been told by cemetery staff that they know of no plans to put the database online.

The office staff at the cemeteries have access to the entire database. If you are interested in specific burials, you can contact the office staff with the information that you have, and ask for a search of the database.