Burr Oak Completes Searchable Online Database
Initially launched in July with only 10,000 headstones
ALSIP, IL - JULY 14: A worker searches for evidence at Burr Oak Cemetery July 14, 2009 in Alsip, Illinois. Police recently closed the cemetery declaring the site a crime scene after human remains were found on the ground at various locations in the cemetery. Police suspect hundreds of graves could have been dug up in the historic black cemetery over the last several years and the bodies dumped elsewhere on the grounds in order for the gravesites to be resold by the cemetery management. Blues music legend Willie Dixon and civil rights figure Emmett Till are among those buried in the suburban Chicago cemetery. The First Lady's office confirms that Michelle Obama's father, Fraser Robinson, is also buried there. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Updated at 1:00 PM CDT on Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009
What a godsend.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Department today completed a web site that allows anyone to search for graves with headstones till intact at the Alsip cemetery.
The site, BurrOak.net, now contains 43,555 photos, and allows visitors to search by last name. The site was initially launched in July, but contained only 10,000 photos.
The remainder of Burr Oak's 100,000 gravesites lack headstones, though the court has been compiling information on the graves in order to assist the public with inquiries, according to a Cook County spokesperson.
Investigative work at the cemetery has been completed, but Burr Oak remains closed to the public while courts compile accurate cemetery information from the neglected records.
Published at 12:46 PM CDT on Aug 18, 2009