Walnut Hill Cemetery FAQs
Information on Lot Cards (1878 – about 1992) encompassed SCCGS’s project for this website. Burials, however, began in 1850 and continue up to the present day.
Sample lot cards and how transcribed
Extra information on the card, e.g., the age.
A blurred or unreadable letter.
Burials with question marks by the name.
Names or dates that are crossed out but readable.
Frequently asked questions
Answers to frequently asked questions
This project was suspended in 2014 for lack of volunteers. More recently the city of Belleville placed the original burial books kept by the sexton on its website .
Is my family/ancestor in Walnut Hill Cemetery? What indexes are available?
- On this Website, use the Site Search Box. Look for hits titled Walnut Hill. Your browser’s Edit > Find feature will locate words on any particular Walnut Hill web page.
- The Belleville Public Library has a 3 x 5 card index of all burials from the sexton’s books on microfilm, created by the late Paul Schneider. Library Phone (618) 234-0441 (archives). Address – 121 East Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220.
- Digitized sexton’s books for all years are available on the City of Belleville’s website (see link upper right column). City Hall has the original books that still survive (Book 1 burials 1850 through April 14, 1853, is no where to be found).
- The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, with Centers in O’Fallon and St. Louis, has a typed transcript of burials. We do not know how complete or comprehensive it is at this writing (3/2008).
Where are the original Lot Cards?
- Photocopies of the original Lot Cards are at the Belleville Public Library, updated through January 2008 and perhaps periodically after that. Library Phone (618) 234-0441. Address – 121 East Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220.
- City Hall has the original, most up-to-date Lot Cards. Phone (618) 233-6810, or write this office at Walnut Hill Cemetery, c/o 101 South Illinois, Belleville, IL 62220.
Where is Walnut Hill Cemetery located?
The cemetery is located at 1101 Mascoutah Avenue, Belleville, Illinois. The business office is located at City Hall. Phone (618) 233-6810, or write the office at Walnut Hill Cemetery, c/o 101 South Illinois, Belleville, IL 62220.
How many people are buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery?
As of February 2008, nearly 32,000 people were interred in the cemetery.
Why is there no headstone for someone buried on the Lot? Erecting new monuments.
- A headstone may have fallen over and is now covered with ground,
- A monument may never have been set on the Lot
- An old wooden cross has decayed.
- Contact City Hall first for requirements to erect a new monument, or replace an old one. Phone (618) 233-6810, or write the office at Walnut Hill Cemetery, c/o 101 South Illinois, Belleville, IL 62220
- Headstone photographs, if available, are on this website or by email where indicated.
How do I join, thank, or donate to the SCCGS?
The SCCGS began in 1977 and is tax exempt under 501(c)(3).
- Donate online, or in time, talent.
- About membership
- About SCCGS acquisitions and milestones
Will obituaries or biographies of those buried at Walnut Hill be added to the Project data?
The SCCGS Board may consider expanding the Walnut Hill project in the future.
FAQ / how cards were transcribed
Sexton's books (original) courtesy of City Hall
St. Clair County Genealogical Society, PO Box 431, Belleville, IL 62222-0431.
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