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The Union Deposit Cemetery is located in South Hanover Township on State Route 39, a mile north of the Swatara Creek. Many early Derry Township residents were buried there. An old iron fence and a decorative arch bearing the cemetery's name separate this resting place from a busy roadway. There are few burials in this cemetery any longer according to the volunteer caretaker whose ancestors are among the many who rest here.


Volunteers from Derry Township Historical Society recorded this cemetery from 2000 through 2004, returning a number of times to confirm recordings and decipher the German script in which many of the stones are carved. They compared their records to those published in the Keystone Seekers , a publication of the Capital Area Genealogical Society and other sources. Lists of burials made by Oscar Stroh, Alice Stroh and a list made from published obituaries were also cross-referenced and compared.


The cemetery is documented on the map of South  Hanover  Township in the Dauphin County Historical Atlas of 1875, p. 53. In 2004, approximately 1800 individuals were recorded in this cemetery.

We would be happy to conduct a cemetery search or do more extensive research for you.  The cemetery search would include all Derry Township cemeteries plus others that are closely associated with our township.  Most of the names in our cemetery database are not available elsewhere on the Internet.  The cost is $5 per surname and you may supply up to three alternate spellings (total of four).  If you find your ancestors in the list below and require additional information, please contact us

For more thorough research, please request a copy of our research policy.   In addition, our obituary list and our name index of “lost and found” ancestors may be of interest to you.  Please check our main library page for these and other links, as we continue to update our information on line.

A list of names carved on the stones will be available soon.


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