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.
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.
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
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.