Walnut Hill Cemetery
This project is a memorial tribute to the men and women buried here, sponsored and funded by the St. Clair County (Illinois) Genealogical Society (SCCGS) in fulfillment of one of its purposes – to preserve ancestral data.
SCCGS’s website shows people buried on a “lot”—many of them related. Lots generally hold four (4) to 10 or 12 grave spaces. Monument photographs are available for a small portion of the cemetery only.
How to search Walnut Hill on this website
- Please read the Project limitations tab above.
- Use FreeFind’s advanced search options to target a specific surname in Walnut Hill, e.g., find all the words Walnut Smith. This limits hits to all Smith that appear on Walnut Hill cemetery webpages only. Search
- See also the Cemetery section and lot tab above regarding some Catholic burials, and sidebar links for additional information.
Use the maps to identify lots nearby which may contain relatives by a different surname.
Walnut Hill burials not on this website
- Click the Sexton’s book (original) link in the sidebar for alphabetical lists. Write down the section and lot in which your ancestor is buried, return to our site and click the tab above titled Cemetery section and lot. Caveat: names be misspelled.
- Use the map to see the which lot numbers surround “your lot,” which might be in an adjoining section of the cemetery (family members by a different surname may be buried there).
Twenty-three thousand (23,000) burials circa 1878 – 1992 transcribed from Lot Cards of Walnut Hill Cemetery appear on this website. In 2008, interments reached about 32,000. Burials began in 1850 when deaths from cholera filled the “old burial ground” and continue to this day.
- The earliest burials 1855 – 1878, and those after circa 1992 will be found in the sexton’s books, courtesy of City of Belleville (linked on the right).
- Early records show a great many misspellings, see this example of commonly misspelled names or words in the sexton’s book.
- Here is an example transcription of the 1855 burials in this cemetery
- were taken in 2008; Lot card information and the photograph may differ, generally due to handwriting interpretation or burials after the cards were transcribed
- are displayed in galleries for a small portion of this cemetery on this website
- others are available upon request where a link is provided.
Monuments from the earliest days may have crumbled; others may have fallen and are now underground. Still others had no monument erected.
SCCGS provides the data and images here for your personal and private research files.
Please add attribution in your files, e.g., Courtesy St. Clair County Genealogical Society, Belleville, Illinois, stclair-ilgs.org.
- As stated in our Terms of Agreement, SCCGS holds a compilation copyright for this data by which you are granted a limited license to use said data as unique elements that are part of a unique family history or genealogy.
- Any other use, including republication or uploading this data in whole or in part to any public website requires prior written permission from the SCCGS Board. You may link to this website.
- Commercial use or copying with intent to redistribute or publish in print or electronic medium is prohibited.
Walnut Hill Cemetery by section and lot
Original Catholic lots 367 – 564
Original Catholic lot cards 357 – 366 do not exist. Lots were comprised of 12 grave spaces. Not all families purchased graves in bulk, i.e., a lot. Burials for individuals without a lot were traditionally buried in the next unused grave space in a row, for the most part by date of burial. It is likely lots 357 – 366 hold individuals buried in this manner and may be those whose names appear in SCCGS Quarterly Volume 8 Number 4 (1985) article, “Catholic Burials, Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, 1888-1899”.
Original Catholic row blocks 22, 23
Original, lots 411, 434 – 437
Original, lots 518, 565 – 599
Original, baby row lots 346, 407, 440, and 501
1st Addition, adjoining – lots 8, 9, 9.5, 10- 17
3rd Addition, lots 323-336
4th Addition, lots 1 – 110
7th Addition all lots
9th Addition, blocks 1, 2, and 3
10th Addition, sections A and B
11th Addition all lots
Block 1 annex
Block 2 annex
Block 3 annex
Block 5 annex
Blocks 16 and 17, Veterans
Block 20, tiers 1 – 21, 1st addition subdiv D
Blocks 22 and 23 – only scant information and rare monuments in this section. Earliest burials are in this section.
Block 21, 1st Addition and baby tier, Subdiv A
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