The announcement describes the records this way: "Index and images of miscellaneous records of cemeteries under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of Chicago [Illinois]. The majority of the collection is comprised of burial index cards. A small percentage of the collection includes burial registers, daily burial logs and registers of cemetery lot owners. Cemeteries within the Archdiocese of Chicago are located in both Cook and Lake counties, Illinois."
I decided to do a spot check and see what I could find. First I looked for my father's record, and here it is:
Then I checked my grandfather's record:
But I found something interesting when I checked my grandmother's record:
The record incorrectly lists her "home address" as 830 (G)ray Avenue in Evanston. That was not her address - it was the address of my uncle who was the executor of her estate. So you can't always assume that the person you are looking up actually lived at the "home address" listed in their record.
Then I decided to look for one of the records they usually don't release to the public to see if it was there - and it was.
Here's his original burial record at Mount Olivet Cemetery:
and the record that reflects that they had him moved to Mount Carmel Cemetery:
so it appears they are including some records that had previously been "secret."
This is a tremendous tool for researchers and I am very happy these records have been made available online - and at no cost.
Now if we could just get Rosehill Cemetery to do the same with their records, I could live happily ever after.
Special thanks to Mike Kelly who brought this tremendous news to my attention.