In 2013, I discussed How to Locate your Ancestors at Fernwood Cemetery in Lansdowne, PA. Thanks to ancestry.com, there’s a new and improved method!
Ancestry has been regularly adding records to its Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town records collection. In this collection, you’ll find a variety of indexed cemetery and funeral home records (mostly from old ledgers). Although there is no way to search all of Fernwood’s records in one fell swoop, the research process isn’t that hard.
First, determine when the individual died using ancestry’s Philadelphia Death Certificates or Pennsylvania Death Certificates (for a wider range of dates and locations). You’ll find both in the card catalog by searching for “Pennsylvania Death”. The death records will confirm death date and – most likely – cemetery.
Then, use the card catalog again to bring up the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records. On the search screen, enter “Yeadon, Delaware County, Pennsylvania” as the death location, enter at least the death year, and the first and last name. Limiting the location to exact will generally bring up only Fernwood cemetery records. If you don’t get a hit right away, try different name variations, phonetic searches, etc.
Once you’ve got a hit on the right person, view the record. It will likely be a scan of a ledger page with many names on it. Find the person you’re looking for and you’ll find the section and lot numbers on the right side of the screen.