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Saving Graves now on our own.

"Illinois Saving Graves is dedicated to providing leadership, education and advocacy in preserving and restoring endangered and forgotten cemeteries statewide"

Our Motto "PreservingIllinoisGravesOne@Grave@Time!!!

Link bar to the main Saving Graves Web site for help & other information.

Saving Graves, from the main pages has taken a dive. I'm not please with this as I unknowingly gave info to someone who only used it for their gain in all this business.

 Welcome to Illinois Saving Graves

Good news!!! My sites do not have to moved. I'm so relieved and so happy with this news. it's the best news I've had in a very long time.


Join me on Facebook new group started click link below. ~~preferably this one

thanks where I can post updates plus you may, too.

Illinois Saving Graves will be making a few changes here in the next few months so click back to see how you can help.
Check back there is going to be two "Witching for Graves Classes" if you are in the area & interested in attending email me will be trying to post the information here for you to join us. I'm just so excited about. plus, brand new cemetery information around the area am working. Check Back soon. Updates on county page.

Be sure & look at Lake county & Cook county two cemeteries in dire need & interesting facts. Ogle & Will county contributions too. Thanks Cathy & Tracy.

Foxie Hagerty here to serve you.
Illinois State Coordinator

 We have lost a very dear, important part of our community here at Saving Graves.

 Steven P. Stymiest 4/27/1957 - 11/15/2006 photo of Steve Stymeist
On November 15, 2006, Steven P. Stymiest  quietly joined his beloved mother in eternal peace. He is survived by his father Darrell Stymiest of Sturgis, SD; his sister Tammy Stymiest also of Sturgis, SD; his favorite Uncle Denton "Doc" Stymiest of Lead, SD; his  former wife and best friend Gloria Stymiest of Fort Mill, SC; two sons Adam and Brandon Stymiest of Fort Mill, SC; his longtime companion Bill Roberts of Rock Hill, SC; as well as his two nephews Robert and Joshua  Sigety and many other aunts, uncles, and cousins of SD. Steven honorably served his country for 17.5 years in the United States Air Force. He will always be remembered as a caring father, son, brother and dear friend. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Catawba Care Coalition, the Christopher Clinic of Rock Hill (1151 Camden Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29732). Services will be held on Monday, Steve & his dogNovember 20th at 7 p.m. at Hankins and Whittington Funeral Home at 1111 East Blvd in Charlotte, NC. Please join family and friends as we remember this beloved father, son, brother, and dear friend. He will always be loved and missed.

Steve will also be missed here at Illinois Saving Graves. I counted on him very much in helping with everything. Steve was always there for me and especially the nice email I received him this past August when my own father passed away. I thank you very much Steve for asking me to do this, and I'm going to continue on with this project;  as I know you would want it to continue on. God Bless you Steve!!! Going to miss you!!! Foxie

Thanks for your time & your patience.

 Foxie Hagerty

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Take out the spaces in the email to email me. Goes directly into my home email account.

Thanks & happy Days. PS: also, don't forget to email me information, Photos, about the abandoned cemeteries in this very good state in which we live in. Thanks Again & Come again. for updates join out mailing list below by putting your email in and clicking just that simple.

we are getting tired of Spammers.

  I am very proud to be here and hope I can be of some help.  I've spent quite a few hours in the last few years in cemeteries in Knox, Warren, Stark, Bureau, Springfield, Illinois.  Seems everywhere I go there are cemeteries.  Some are very well kept and others have been so neglected it tears my heart.  I have just visited some cemeteries in Knox County, IL, that are on farms and have been so neglected and let go it is really a shame.  I just hope someday there is somebody out there who will be willing to take care of what we are letting go........ Also, I hope to have some of you people out there who will care enough about this project to lend a helping hand.  Just click on the appropriate links and you will receive all the help you need to get you started.   Sometime in the future when time permits I'd like to get some people together and do something about these neglected cemeteries.  We have American Soldiers buried in some of them from the War of 1812 and the Civil War and you can't even get to them... That, I think is really really sad.  My father raised this daughter to be a patriotic and it pains me to see this happen to people who fought so we could be here today.  I really think something should be done about it and I intend to do what I can.  Thanks! and hope you are also willing to help....

Note to fellow researchers:From your host Foxie

This is just a little note to let you know each and everyone of you out there who may be going out into the woods or other places taking tombstone photos. Be careful, dress for the woods, wear spray much of it, hat on head, long sleeves, pants, socks pulled up over your pants, etc. I have contacted Lyme Disease and it is not a very fun disease to have. I will be on antibiotics for at least thirty days, tired much of the time but will get better. Just wanted to put this hear to remind other people that it can happen to you. I didn't think I would ever get it and never worried about it before. Now I will be more careful in the future than I already have been. Just wanted to make people aware that this danger does exist. Thanks for listening & take care while out & about.

Your Host Foxie Hagerty

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 Illinois Cemetery Preservation Law - Please let us know about additional current or pending Illinois cemetery protection laws.

Project Care---about restoration of abandoned Cemeteries Project care has been suspended due to lack of funding.

            In actuality these are out of Mr. Hynes office but only certain ones pertain to what we are interested in... so am putting them here... Thanks! Took me awhile but got them..

Found out today, October 2, 2006, The controller's office is basically for licensing of Cemeteries. They do not do the things I was led to believe and most of the laws following are for existing cemeteries and ones they have a listing of the license in their office. All the below acts pertain to Cemeteries that in use today.

From Dawn Cobb,  from the office of

Human Skeletal Remains Protection  Act Coordinator, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

How to clean a tombstone

Cemetery Care Act                             760 ILCS 100

Funeral or Burial Funds Act               225 ILCS 45

Pre-Need Cemetery Sales Act           815 ILCS 390

Cemetery Association Act                  805 ILCS 320

Cemetery Protection Act                    765 ILCS 835

Crematory Regulation Act                  410 ILCS 18

Illinois Compiled Statutes== “Administrative Rules”, title 17, chapter VI, Part 4170.

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Illinois Cemetery Preservation  Links - Google has place a referral add here and I can not get it off I don't know how they got it on here any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!! it does not show up in the coding.

I think I found it & removed it we shall see. How do these people do these things????

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  • Hunter Cemetery Restoration Project
  • Foxie's Note: ~* It is now online and Works in Progress ~*
    An 1840s pioneer cemetery in Wheatland Township, Bureau Co., IL that was desecrated in the 1960s and neglected since then. This restoration project was started in June 2000 by Jim & Mikki Judge of Buffalo, IA and is now being supported by the Hunter Cemetery Restoration Trust, started by the DeMaranville Family. Volunteers and contributions graciously accepted.

Attention Newspaper Researchers

     If you happen upon any news articles about a cemetery or cemeteries in Illinois, we would very much appreciate your sharing the information with us.  This will help us compile a "history" on our historic Illinois cemeteries.

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created June 09, 2002

Foxie's Note: The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library offers a newspaper lookup service & will send you copies of the original obituaries listed below for a small fee -- 2 obits for a $1.00 for Illinois residents $10.00 for out of state -- check out their information by clicking on this link

Thursday, June 07, 2012 02:30:43 PM updated & uploaded



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