Contributed by Bill Culbreth, Jul 20, 2011, last edited Jul 15,
Total records = 16,219.
In Centralia driving north on Elm Street turn right or east onto
Gragg Street for .74miles, turn left or north onto Brick Hill Road.
The cemetery will be on the east side of the road after the turn.
One tombstone indicates burials took place as early as 1825
with the City of Centralia, IL. assuming operation in 1853 and
becoming the official owner and operator in 1860. The cemetery
is currently in operation and maintained by the City of Centralia,
For additional burial information (and there is considerably
more in the City's computerized data-base which can be released
to interested family members) contact: City Hall (They will direct
you to the correct person who can assist you) 222 South Poplar
St. Centralia, Illinois 62801, 1-618-533-7622
The information contained in this submission was "harvested"
from the tombstones, official burial records in the cemetery office,
Civil War Death Records, State Of Illinois death database, Ancestry.com,
microfilm at the local library, available funeral home burial
records and some information provided by family members. NOTE:
Harvesting outside of the available cemetery office records was
absolutely necessary to fill in many of the blanks since City
Hall burned in 1924 and with it most if not all burial records
from 1853 to 1924. Unfortunately, therefore, some individuals
buried in Elmwood Cemetery who did not have a legible tombstone
will never be known. In some cases, we only know (from funeral
home records) that a person is buried somewhere in the cemetery,
The work was completed mainly by Bill Culbreth & Jim Glasgow
who volunteered to harvest and enter this information into the
City of Centralia In-Code-Data-Base system. Transcribing the entries
started in December of 2007 and was completed in November of 2010.
- Bill Culbreth
|b. = born
bur. = buried
d. = died