Illinois State Training School for Girls

Located in Geneva, Illinois, this institution was known by various names during its term of existence (1894-1978). A mark of distinction was the fact that it accepted African-American girls early on (few institutions of the period did so). Girls assigned to the school were 10-16 years of age, and had been convicted of some crime punishable by Illinois state statute. The school was demolished in 1978 and is now the Fox Run subdivision.

Oaklawn Training School for Girls (RI.gov photo)
Oaklawn Training School for Girls (RI.gov photo)

A cemetery attached to the property contains approximately 50 graves. About half are those of infants born to girls attending the school, while the other half are those of deceased girls who had no relatives to claim their bodies, or who had been disowned by their families. The cemetery is to be maintained in perpetuity by management of the Fox Run subdivision.

For more information about the cemetery, go here.

Records of burials in this cemetery are included in this record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE):

U.S. Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current

To locate this record collection (case does not matter):

SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE u.s. find a grave

To locate graves in the Training School Cemetery, do this search:

DEATHS—LOCATION Geneva, Kane, Illinois, USA (Exact to this place) CEMETERY Training School (Exact)

Results for an individual include:

    Name
    Birth Date
    Birth Place
    Death Date
    Death Place
    Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place
    Has Bio? Y or N (on page on Find a Grave website)
    URL (for page on Find a Grave website)

There may be a photo of the headstone on the Find a Grave website.

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