The archives of Laurel Hill Cemetery are a wonderful connection to personal and public history. Whether you are visiting Laurel Hill in-person, telephoning with your inquiry, or submitting a written research request, the Cemetery’s staff members are dedicated to assisting you with your research. For more details on research inquiries, please see the information below.
Genealogical Information Requests
The records at Laurel Hill Cemetery serve as an important resource for those doing genealogical research and we are happy to assist you in finding more information for the completion of your family tree. Recently, The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery have completed Phase Five of our Archives Preservation Project: the digitization of our interment records with an online search feature. All proceeds from Genealogical Information Requests go to offset online monthly maintenance fees for the interment records and towards Phase Six of the project, which will result in the digital scanning of each unique and invaluable document in our Archives.
The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic character of Laurel Hill as well as developing and implementing educational programs and public outreach. Supporter level members of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery have the benefit of free genealogical research services. For more information about becoming a member, please click here.
Genealogical Information Request rates are as follows:
$25.00 per lot + $5.00 shipping & handling (if mailed)
$20.00 for each additional lot
If your lot has extensive records or large numbers of burials we will contact you for alternate pricing within a week.
Genealogical Information Requests include:
1. Copies of all burial permits and sales information
2. A map with lot location clearly indicated
3. Any additional items such as obituaries, personal histories, historic photos, etc.
If you are located out of the area or have interests in headstones or epitaphs, we can provide high-resolution photos of the lot for $2.50 per photo.
To submit a Genealogical Information Request, please download the request form and mail to:
ATTN: Carol Yaster
Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests can be paid for in our online store or by sending a check to the address above.
We will endeavor to complete your research inquiry as soon as possible but please be aware that assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders generally take two weeks to process. If your order has been delayed beyond that period, we will contact you. If you have questions about the status of your inquiry, please contact us at email@example.com.
We often receive research inquiries on the same family which may mean extended family members in different areas of the country or world are doing genealogical research. We know how helpful it can be to pool information or discover new branches of your family. If you would like to be contacted by others doing genealogical research on a family, please let us know. The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery respects your privacy and we will always obtain your permission before giving out any contact information.
Scholars, Historians, Researchers:
Laurel Hill’s archival collections are a unique window into the cemetery’s history, as well as the history of our nation, our city, and its residents. The wealth of detailed information we have preserved for nearly two centuries is an invaluable historical trove and an entrée into the lives and deaths of the renowned citizens who profited from Philadelphia’s early status as the manufacturing capital of the world. Our collection contains burial records, maps, minute books, photographs, contracts, financial documents, biographies, newspaper clippings and other unique documents. Research requests are managed on a case-by-case basis. To make arrangements to use our archives for research, please contact us at 215-228-8200.
For additional questions on research inquiries, please contact:
Board President, Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery
215-228-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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