Urban cemetery research has it challenges: burial plots built over, relocated, or just plain lost to time. Pennsylvania’s largest cemetery, Mount Moriah in Philadelphia, has the unique challenge of also battling nature. Listen in and learn how to find those ancestors (and have an Indiana Jones like experience)!
In this episode, Denys Allen interviews Jenn O’Donnell of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, FOMMCI. Jenn shares the work of FOMMCI, tips on making record requests of your ancestors there, and how to connect with the Friends organization and participate in the ongoing restoration.
If you want to see visuals of some of the work of the Friends of Mount Moriah, check out the video on the PA Ancestors YouTube Channel (link below).
03:12 History of Mount Moriah Cemetery
07:17 Who is buried at Mount Moriah
12:30 Visiting the cemetery
15:15 How to make research requests
18:37 Adventures in family history & wrap-up
Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery main website http://friendsofmountmoriahcemetery.org
Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network – use the Historic Burial Places map for digital maps of historic cemeteries with notes on their status
Pittsburgh Historic Maps – digital layer maps by different years to find where cemeteries were located