Genealogy & Local History

Are you researching your family history in Lackawanna County? The following basic genealogy and local history sources are available at your local libraries. There are collections of local history books written about cities, towns, and events in history about Northeastern PA. This page contains some of our wonderful resources. For more information please use the form below.

Vital Records

U.S. POPULATION CENSUS DATA 1790-1930 (microfilm and Ancestry/Library Edition database)
Depending on the year of the census, data may include a person’s name and age, number of years in the United States, marital status, birthplace of father and mother, and number of children born. [Please note: Due to the licensing agreement, Ancestry/Library Edition database is available for use only at the Reference Department computers.]For births that occurred in Scranton between 1878 and 1905: Scranton Public Library
Register of Wills
Lackawanna County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Scranton PA 18503
(570) 963-6702
Or http://www.lpa-homes.org/LPA_Applications.htmFor births that occurred in Lackawanna County (including Scranton), from 1906 to present:Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records
State Office Building
100 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-4595

DEATH RECORDS:
For deaths that occurred in Scranton between 1878 and 1905:Scranton Public LibraryFor deaths that occurred in Lackawanna County (excluding Scranton) between 1893 and 1905:Register of Wills
Lackawanna County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6702For deaths that occurred anywhere in Lackawanna County (including Scranton) from 1906 to the present:

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Division of Vital Records
101 South Mercer Street
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103
(412) 656-3100

NOTE: As a service to local residents, the Scranton Division of Vital Statistics will apply to the Division of Vital Records (in New Castle, PA) for death records for deaths that occurred anywhere in Pennsylvania from 1906 to present:

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records
100 Lackawanna Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 347-0205

MARRIAGE RECORDS:
For marriages that occurred in Lackawanna County from October 1885 to present:

Marriage Bureau
Lackawanna County Court House
Courthouse Square
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6708

Or

http://www.lpa-homes.org/LPA_Applications.htm

DIVORCE RECORDS:
For divorces that occurred in Lackawanna County from October 1885 to the present:

Clerk of Judicial Records
Lackawanna County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6723

WlLLS:
From 1878 to the present, (even if person died intestate):

Register of Wills
Lackawanna County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6702

DEEDS:
For property owned, bought, or sold in Lackawanna County from 1878 to the present:

Recorder of Deeds Office
Lackawanna County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Scranton, PA 18503
(570) 963-6775

NATURALIZATlON RECORDS for LACKAWANNA COUNTY:
For naturalizations prior to 1878 (when what is now Lackawanna County was part of Luzerne County), contact the Prothonotary’s Office at the Luzerne County Courthouse. They have an index to naturalization records for Luzerne County from 1830-1906 and 1912-1944.If you find your ancestor in the index you then need to send a request to the National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region in Philadelphia (see address to obtain a photocopy of the original record. Researchers can also visit the National Archives to conduct their own research.

Prothonotary’s Office
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-1745

For naturalizations that occurred in Lackawanna County between 1878 and 1905: The Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania has a computerized index to these records.

Clerk of Judicial Records
Lackawanna County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
Scranton, PA 18503

Or

(570) 963-6723
Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania
210 Grant Street
Olyphant, PA 18447
(570) 383-7661

The U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania, performed naturalizations in Scranton from 1901-1990. A microfilm index is available at the Federal Building in Scranton and at the National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region, in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Wm. J. Nealon Federal Bldg.
235 North Washington Ave
P.O. Box 1148
Scranton, PA 18501
(570) 207-5600

Researchers can search the index in Scranton or request a search of the index and copies of the records by writing to the National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region. Researchers can also visit the National Archives to conduct their own research.

National Archives & Records Administration
Mid-Atlantic Region
900 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 597-3000
www.archives.gov/contact

Newspapers on Microfilm

Albright Memorial Library:
Scranton Republican: Nov 1, 1867-Dec.24, 1936-incomplete
Scranton Times: Jan. 1900-Aug 1907; Jan. 1908-Apr. 1908; Sept. 1908- Jun. 24, 2005
Scranton Tribune: Dec. 26, 1936-May, 21, 1990
Scranton Truth: June 5, 1893-Nov. 30, 1894 incomplete; Jul. 7, 1904-Feb. 27, 1915
Scranton Weekly Republican: Mar. 9, 1866-Apr. 19, 1867; Jan. 5, 1871-1872; 1874-1878; 1884-1890; 1898
Scrantonian: 1924; May 1938-May 20, 1990
Scrantonian (under Lynett Family): May 27, 1990- on Scranton Times film Sunday Sun: July 22, 1990- Sept. 8, 1991
Sunday Times-Scrantonian: May 27, 1990-Feb. 27, 1994

Sunday Times: Mar. 6, 1994-current

Times-Tribune: Jun. 27, 2005-current

Tribune: (Goodman/Little ownership-see Scranton Tribune)

The Tribune (Lynett Family ownership): May 22, 1990- Jun. 25, 2005

Villager: Jan. 4, 1962- Dec.31, 2003

Abington Community Library:

The Scranton Times: microfilm from October 4, 1895-July 15, 1990

The Abington Journal in print, 1980-present

The Abington Suburban in print, 1988-present.

Carbondale Public Library:

Dundaff Republican and Northeast PA Evening Herald: February 1828-June 3, 1893

Archbald Citizen: October 1898-May 3, 1911; April 1, 1916-June 17, 1916

Carbondale Herald, Leader, and News: April 2, 1890; July 1, 1897-December 1897; January 1, 1899-June 30, 1903; January 1, 1904-December 1920; January 1, 1922-December 3, 1932; November 1, 1944-December 31, 1951; July 1, 1952-December 30, 1980

The Miner: September 7, 1972-July 5, 1973; November 15, 1973-January 16, 1975; January 5, 1976-December 1976; All of 1977, 1978, 1979 and June 10, 1980

Birth and Death Certificates

Microfilm
Birth Certificates: 1878-1905-Albright Memorial Library
Death Certificates: 1878-1905-Albright Memorial Library

FamilySearch.org
Record of deaths, 1878-1905, in the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania
Delayed births, 1780-1905, for Scranton, Pennsylvania
Birth records, 1878-1905, of the city of Scranton

Local History Collection

This collection is made up of books, and also vertical files about local history. The books and vertical files are cataloged on our website. They contain information about people, places, businesses etc. The Vertical File collection is quite extensive. We have an index available that shows what we have in the vertical files, and new files are added regularly. These files contain clippings, copies, and pamphlets from different business, people ect.  We also have a biography, and photo index that is quite useful.The Biographical Index includes names and page numbers of all the people mentioned in the books listed below.  It is a useful tool, when searching for genealogy, or for projects about important people who lived in the Lackawanna County area in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s.

Comegys, Cornelius The Mayor’s Court of Scranton, 1925

Hayden, Horace Edwin. Genealogical & Family History of Wyoming and Lackawanna Valley’s. Volumes 1 & 2., 1906

Hitchcock, Frederick L. History of Scranton.,1914

Murphy, Thomas. History of Lackawanna County., 1928

History of Luzerne, Lackawanna, & Wyoming Counties, 1880

Portrait & Biographical Record, 1897

Stoddard, Dwight J. Prominent Men of Scranton & Wilkes-Barre, 1906

Sutherland, John H. The City of Scranton, PA & Vicinity, & Their Resources, 1894

*These texts are in delicate condition.  Some have special copies you may photocopy from, but most don’t.  We ask that you use a digital camera for your copy of the resource.*

The Local History Photograph Index is the next great source we have available.  It is in alphabetical order to allow for easy use.

Churches of Lackawanna County
Index of Church Archives-Lackawanna County– This is a new resource that we have available on microfilm.  This includes church records from 1937-1942 of Lackawanna County Churches.  This source gives histories of the churches, information about church records, and other information.  This resource is not indexed, and all the churches may not be on this resource, but it is a fascinating piece of local history if you want to know about church history.

The Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives is a wealth of local information accessible online.  Visit today at http://www.lackawannadigitalarchives.org/ 

Books

History of the Abingtons: Delivered at the Lackawanna Historical Society Catlin House, Wednesday February 22, 1984Clarks Summit: A narrativeThis is WaverlySS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, Pennsylvania : centennial, 1888-1988Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church : diamond jubilee, 1899-1974, Jessup, PennsylvaniaHistory of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and Archbald Borough / by Rev. Miles M. McAndrews in collaboration with Rev. Francis A. McGinley

Drinkers Beech Settlers  2 Vol.”s

Drinkers Beech Vol. 1-3

Another Look at Drinkers Beech by G. Ellis Miller

Articles by G. Miller

Moscow and the Civil War and Moscow’s physicians

The Road to Sterling, A history of Salem and Sterling Twp., Wayne Co.

Sterling Settlers

Spring Brook History

A History of Mt Cobb, 1776-1976

The Utt/Shaller Family

A century of news: 100 years the Times Leader

The flavor of Waverly

Never before in history: the story of Scranton

The Northern Electric Trolley

Revisiting Bailey Hollow: a history of Dalton & the Northern Electric trolley

Taylor by Azzarelli

Old Forge & Moosic by Azzarelli

Pamphlet: Pictorial History of the Lions Club of Taylor

Pamphlet: Taylorville Tour

Valley View Jr.-Sr. High School yearbook. Various years from 1970

Old Forge High School: Years 1980, ’81,’93, ’94, ’95, ’00, ’03, ’04,’05, ’06, ‘07

Riverside Jr. Sr. High School: Years 1963-67, 1969, 1973-77, 1984, 1986-90, 1993-95

City Directories:

The Scranton Public Library has a collection of city directories from the City of Scranton.  These directories allow a individual to find out where a person was living during a certain year.  This collection is great for genealogy and family history.  We have half of our collection on microfilm and the other half are in book format. These books are in fragile condition, so we ask that you not photocopy from them. We want to keep these books in good condition for future generations.

1861-1960- Microfilm copies of the city directories *one note: these are not complete. Some years are missing*

1961-present are in book format

Carbondale Public Library:

1885/86-1993 (some volumes are missing)

Online Genealogy Resources

AncestryLibrary Edition (In Library Use Only)
Heritage Quest Online
FamilySearch.org
Record of deaths, 1878-1905, in the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania
Delayed births, 1780-1905, for Scranton, Pennsylvania
Birth records, 1878-1905, of the city of Scranton

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