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.
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 & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries respect 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.