Genealogy

Anthracite coal, found throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, fueled the growth of the nation around the turn of the 20th Century. Factories and railroads sprang up around the booming coal companies guaranteeing a job for many across Europe hoping for a better life. Once arriving in the United States via New York, many immigrants headed to those promised jobs in Northeast Pennsylvania. Today a large number of families across the United States can trace their ancestors back to Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton Pittston and the small towns in between, which makes this area an important stop for many doing genealogical research.

Genealogy

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Visit the premier genealogical and family history center in NEPA. Unique and significant digital collections. Expert staff to guide you.
57 North Franklin St.
Kirby Annex Two
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
570.829.1765
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Luzerne County Historical Society Museum

Founded in 1858, the Society chronicles the history of the Wyoming Valley from prehistoric times to the present in three floors of exhibits.
69 South Franklin St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
570.822.1727
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Bishop Memorial Library

Part of the Luzerne County Historical Society and home to an array of resources, such as a photograph collection  and a variety of information from mining affairs to census documents.
49 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
570.823.6244
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Osterhout Free Library

Explore newspapers from the past on microfilm.
69 Rear South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
570.823.6244
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Luzerne County Register of Wills Office & Orphans Court

Find birth and death records from 1893-1905, marriage records from 1885 - present and probate records from early 1800's to present.
Luzerne County Courthouse Annex
Corner of River & Jackson Streets
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570.825.1668
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Luzerne County Recorder of Deeds

Archive for real estate documents in Luzerne County dating back to 1787.
Luzerne County Courthouse Annex
Corner of River & Jackson Streets
Wilkes-Barre-Barre, PA 18711
570.825.1641
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Luzerne County Prothonotary Office

Maintains civil records, along with naturalization records.
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
570.825.1745
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