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Chicago Genealogy Source: W.A. Haggard’s Undertaker Records 1895-1916

27 Jan 2020 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Chicago Genealogical Society Quarterly has been published since 1969 and the issues are loaded with genealogy gems. One such gem is the W.A. Haggard’s Undertaker Records 1895-1916.

Helen Sclair, known as the “Chicago Cemetery Lady,” submitted to the CGS Quarterly a transcription of W. A. Haggard’s Undertaker Records for publication in 1990.

The description she provided:

These names, addresses, dates and cemeteries are from the records of W.A. Haggard, Undertaker, 136 S. Western Ave., Chicago, Illinois (later in Oak Park, Illinois also). Every attempt has been made to decipher the handwriting and spelling of the bookkeepers. Note that the addresses are city-wide. Frequently street names and numbers have been changed since the records were compiled. There are also out-of-town addresses. Sometimes the names are of the deceased and often the names seem to be of those arranging the funerals. The omission of a cemetery name was on the part of the bookkeeper. When “depot” is listed that is all the information available.

Helen transcribed: Name, Address, Date and Cemetery

The Chicago Genealogical Society published four alphabetical listings:

Part 1 – 1895-1900 (Vol. 22, No. 4, Summer 1990)

Part 2 – 1901-1903 (Vol. 23, No. 2, Winter 1990-1991)

Part 3 – 1904-1908 (Vol. 23, No. 2, Winter 1990-1991)

Part 4 – 1909-1916 (Vol. 23, No. 4, Summer 1991)

These issues are available through CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) Digital Collections site.

Select “Browse all items in collection” and then look for volume and issue number.

Happy Researching!

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