Interment Records

    Interment records have been kept at the cemetery office since April 1906. A few records are on file before that time, if:

The family gave the information to the cemetery office.

A stone was on the gravesite and readable when the Genealogical Society canvassed the cemetery in 1983/84.

A death certificate was found at the Adams County Courthouse.

The soldier was listed on the Veterans Roll of Honor from Springfield, IL.

The burial location was listed in the Freiburg Funeral Home records.

In our earliest records the information you can obtain is:

Name at the time of death
Date of death
Age at the time of death
Date of interment
Burial location Block and Lot
Name of the person/s who own the gravesite

   If a headstone, monument, or marker was on the gravesite in 1984 when the Great River Genealogical Society canvassed the cemetery or placed after that date.

Some interment records also include:

Exact grave in the Block and Lot
Cause of death
Place of death if other than Adams County
The most recent records also include:
Date of birth
Name of the Funeral Home who handled the arrangements

    We can only assume that the records from 1875-1906 were kept at the Salem Church. It is possible the records were kept in the Minister's Day Book at the church and the information was never extracted and transferred to the cemetery office. There is a "theory" the records where lost in the storm of 1902 which did major damage to the cemetery grounds and destroyed the home of the superintendent. We can find no actual evidence that this happened.
    All the purchase records have been maintained since 1875 and are recorded in the cemetery office. The original plot map of the cemetery was made of wood and is still in the cemetery office, but no longer used.

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