Want to know the best way to locate your ancestor at Fernwood Cemetery in Lansdowne, PA? Call the cemetery office at 610-623-0333 or send them a letter via snail mail at: 6501 Baltimore Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050. Getting a response via snail mail can take some time, but if you don’t have long distance or live outside the U.S. it will only cost you a stamp or two.
This seems like pretty simple advice, particularly for those researching their families, but you’d be surprised at the number of folks on Fernwood’s FindaGrave.com page that don’t take this one small step.
As a photo volunteer, the quickest way to get my attention is by providing section and plot information with your request. Why? It’s a large cemetery, there’s always at least 200 photo requests waiting, the office is only open for part of the day on Saturday and is closed on Sunday (the two days I’m most likely to be fulfilling requests), and I don’t want to push my luck with the nice folks in the office by asking for 10 lookups. If I happen to be at Fernwood on a Saturday during office hours I might pop in to ask for 1 or 2 lookups—that is if there isn’t a funeral that day and the staff isn’t otherwise busy.
You’ll be rewarded for your efforts, dear researcher, I promise! Fernwood Cemetery will send you a photocopy of the burial ledger for the entire plot related to the person you’re asking about. Consider the goldmine of information that could await you! Each entry includes the person’s name, approximate age at death, and burial date. Especially helpful if there’s no stone at the plot—which is the case for the Frickers, below: