United Hebrew Cemetery (U03)
7855 Canton Ave (at North and South Rd.)
St. Louis, MO 63130
Size: 26.38 acres
Burials indexed: 6,563
Photo taken by Karl Bloomberg© 2011; used with permission.
GPS (Latitude,Longitude): 38.6771275,-90.3404615 Click here for a Google map to the cemetery.
This cemetery was called Mount Olive until 1960. The congregation and trustees’ minutes record all early burials; the indexed cemetery death register, at the synagogue, records burials, beginning in 1849 to the present. It includes the names of those removed in 1880, when the old cemetery in the City of St. Louis was cleared, and some of the burials were transferred to the current United Hebrew cemetery.
The main gate was originally on North & South, and the chapel there was used to prepare bodies for burial according to Orthodox practice. Twenty acres to the west of the original cemetery were purchased in 1929. Where the new caretaker’s residence was built in 1962, the old chapel was demolished, along with the former caretaker’s residence.
Source of Data for this Cemetery
Data recorded from tombstones in 1982 by StLGS volunteers Virginia Guinther, Jackie Whitworth, Vera Eaklor, and Maryhelen Wilson.
Cemetery Specific Data Notes
Hamilton, Esley, The Cemeteries of University City. (The Historical Society of University City: University City, Missouri, 1998), pages 10-12.
Murray, C. Edwin, “Research Hints: St. Louis Jewish Cemeteries, United Hebrew Cemetery,” Generations, newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis, vol. 9, no. 8 (September 2003), page 4.
Old Cemeteries, St. Louis County, Missouri, volume 1 (St. Louis Genealogical Society: St. Louis, Missouri, 1982), pages 67–76.
For general information on cemeteries and other Jewish research resources in Missouri: https://iajgscemetery.org/usa/missouri-mo/