Burr Oak Completes Searchable Online Database

Initially launched in July with only 10,000 headstones

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.

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