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''[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Lackawanna County'''
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Guide to '''Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy''' in courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.  
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Lackawanna County
 
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| founded year = 1878
 
| founded year = 1878
 
| founded date = August 21
 
| founded date = August 21
| seat wl = Scranton
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| seat = Scranton
 
| building image = Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
 
| building image = Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
 
| building address = Lackawanna County Courthouse<br>The Scranton Electric Building, Suite 400<br>507 Linden Street Ave<br>Scranton, PA 18503<br>[http://www.lackawannacounty.org/ Lackawanna County Website]
 
| building address = Lackawanna County Courthouse<br>The Scranton Electric Building, Suite 400<br>507 Linden Street Ave<br>Scranton, PA 18503<br>[http://www.lackawannacounty.org/ Lackawanna County Website]
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== Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ==
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=== Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Historical Facts  ===
  
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| width="20%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 
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[[Image:Palackawanna.jpg|right|500px|Palackawanna.jpg]]
 
  
*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania|Luzerne]] County 21 August 1878. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Luzerne]] County 21 August 1878. <ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>
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'''County Seat:''' Scranton<br>
  
*'''County Seat:''' Scranton<br>
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'''Neighboring Counties''': Lackawanna County '''residents''' may also have records in: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lackawanna_County,_Pennsylvania.</ref>
  
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in: <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_County,_Pennsylvania (accessed 17 July 2012).</ref>
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*[[Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Susquehanna]]
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*[[Wayne County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Wayne]] 
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*[[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Luzerne]]
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*[[Wyoming County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Wyoming]]
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*[[Monroe County, Pennsylvania Genealogy|Monroe]]
  
**[[Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania|Susquehanna]] (north)
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Named for the Lackawanna River.<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lackawanna_County,_Pennsylvania Wikipedia] </ref>
**[[Wayne County, Pennsylvania|Wayne]] (east)
 
**[[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania|Luzerne]] (southwest)
 
**[[Wyoming County, Pennsylvania|Wyoming]] (west)
 
**[[Monroe County, Pennsylvania|Monroe]] (south)
 
  
Named for the Lackawanna River.
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==== Description ====
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lackawanna_County,_Pennsylvania Wikipedia]
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The county was named for the Lackawanna River.  It's county seat is Scranton and was founded August 13, 1878.  It is located in the Northeast corner of the state.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lackawanna_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/12/2017</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
== Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources ==
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For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps"] (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Records Loss ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====  
 
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
 
  
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| bgcolor="DBEADC" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
 
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| bgcolor="#EDDFFB" | {{FHL|480253|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
| bgcolor="E9F1EA" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=40&CScnty=2275 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://www.interment.net/us/pa/lackawanna.htm Interment.net]
 
| bgcolor="#EDDFFB" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Lackawanna+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="E9F1EA" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/lackawp.html USGenWeb-transcripts] <br>[http://usgwarchives.net/pa/lackawanna/tsimages.htm USGenWeb-tombstone photos]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| bgcolor="E9F1EA" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://pennsylvania-genealogy.net/Lackawanna-County-Cemetery-Records.cfm Pennsylvania Genealogy]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|480253|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="E9F1EA" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=14251&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=72&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=40&CScnty=2275 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://pennsylvaniagravestones.org/search.php?cid=35&lm=s&last=&fm=s&first= Pennsylvania Gravestones]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://pennsylvania.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,cemetery,scfips,42069.cfm HomeTownLocator]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Pennsylvania+Lackawanna+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Pennsylvania&county=Lackawanna&cemetery_name=a#/ BillionGraves]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/pa/lackawp.html PAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/lackawanna-pa-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx#results Names in Stone]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/lackawanna/tsimages.htm Tombstone Photos]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.pennsylvaniagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=35 PAGravestones]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/pennsylvania/lackawanna_county.htm Access Genealogy]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/cemeteries/index.html GenWeb Cemetery Project]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=14251&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=72&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Lackawanna/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Lackawanna-County-Cemetery-Records.htm Pennsylvania Genealogy]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/lackawanna-county-pennsylvania-cemetery-records.htm Access Genealogy]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/ BillionGraves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/pa/lackawanna.htm Interment]
 
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''Additional Cemetery Resources''
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/index.php?455 PA-Roots]
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*[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx#results Names in Stone]
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Pennsylvania/Lackawanna/Default.aspx Ancestry($)]
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
  
{{PAChurch2}} <br>{{PAChurch1|Lackawanna|365642}}  
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{{PAChurch2}}<br>{{PAChurch1|Lackawanna|365642}}  
  
 
===== County-wide Database – Multi-denominational  =====
 
===== County-wide Database – Multi-denominational  =====
  
[[Image:Lackawanna county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|right|400px]]  
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[[Image:Lackawanna county pennsylvania churches.png|thumb|270px|Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Churches]]  
  
:*'''1708-1985''' - [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com]–$; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
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*'''1708-1985''' [http://hsp.org/collections/catalogs-research-tools/members-only-database Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985] at [http://hsp.org/ Historical Society of Pennsylvania] – $, free to members of the society; Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2451 Ancestry.com]–$; 7,542,774 entries. ''This database is incomplete for all counties.''
  
::Contains the church records of:  
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:Contains the church records of:  
::*Carbondale: Clarks Green United Methodist Church; First Presbyterian Church; Peckville United Methodist Church  
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:*Carbondale: Clarks Green United Methodist Church; First Presbyterian Church; Peckville United Methodist Church  
::*Jermyn: Trinity Church Carbondale and St. James Church; Worth Baptist Church  
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:*Jermyn: Trinity Church Carbondale and St. James Church; Worth Baptist Church  
::*Newton: United Methodist Church  
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:*Newton: United Methodist Church  
::*Scranton: Dallas United Methodist Church; Elm Park United Methodist Church; Emmanuel Lutheran Church; Hyde Park Presbyterian Church; Petersburg Presbyterian Church; Providence United Methodist Church; St. David's Episcopal Church; St. John's Lutheran Church; St. Luke's Episcopal Church; St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church; Westminster Presbyterian Church
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:*Scranton: Dallas United Methodist Church; Elm Park United Methodist Church; Emmanuel Lutheran Church; Hyde Park Presbyterian Church; Petersburg Presbyterian Church; Providence United Methodist Church; St. David's Episcopal Church; St. John's Lutheran Church; St. Luke's Episcopal Church; St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church; Westminster Presbyterian Church
  
<br> <br> Because Lackawanna County was not formed until 1878, many early congregations are discussed in the [[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania#Church_Records|Luzerne County church records.]]  
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Because Lackawanna County was not formed until 1878, many early congregations are discussed in the [[Luzerne County, Pennsylvania#Church_Records|Luzerne County church records.]]
  
 
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===== Baptist  =====
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An early church and cemetery was built near Roaring Brook. Later the congregation moved to Scranton in the Hyde Park area. The Cathedral was erected in 1865. The property included a convent and college. <ref>Benjamin H. Throop, ''A Half Century in Scranton'' (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895, 282-282 {{FSbook|107703}} Free online digital copy.</ref>  
 
An early church and cemetery was built near Roaring Brook. Later the congregation moved to Scranton in the Hyde Park area. The Cathedral was erected in 1865. The property included a convent and college. <ref>Benjamin H. Throop, ''A Half Century in Scranton'' (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895, 282-282 {{FSbook|107703}} Free online digital copy.</ref>  
  
*[http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/ Diocese of Scranton] web site has a [http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/about/history-of-the-diocese/ History of the Diocese], a [http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/parish-life-and-evangelization/find-a-parish/ parish directory], and a [http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/diocesan-directory/miscellaneous-listings/ directory of diocesan cemeteries].<br> <br>
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*[http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/ Diocese of Scranton]: [http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/parish-life-and-evangelization/find-a-parish/ Parish directory], and a [http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/diocesan-directory/miscellaneous-listings/ Directory of diocesan cemeteries].<br> <br>
  
 
===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
 
===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
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Early services were conducted by the Wilkes-Barre leaders. A congregation was organized in 1851, with service in the Methodist church. A frame church was built in Scranton in 1853 and, later a new edifice was completed in 1871. <ref>Benjamin H. Throop, ''A Half Century in Scranton.'' (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895), 283-284. {{FSbook|107703}} Free online digital copy.</ref>  
 
Early services were conducted by the Wilkes-Barre leaders. A congregation was organized in 1851, with service in the Methodist church. A frame church was built in Scranton in 1853 and, later a new edifice was completed in 1871. <ref>Benjamin H. Throop, ''A Half Century in Scranton.'' (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895), 283-284. {{FSbook|107703}} Free online digital copy.</ref>  
  
*'''1894-1910''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/churches/ChurchRecords.html Baptisms, marriages, and burials of St. David's Episcopal Church, West Scranton, Pa.] at The USGenWeb Project - free. <br>
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*'''1894-1910''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/churches/ChurchRecords.html Baptisms, marriages, and burials of St. David's Episcopal Church, West Scranton, Pa.] at The USGenWeb Project - free. <br>
  
 
===== Lutheran  =====
 
===== Lutheran  =====
  
*'''1897-1933''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/churches/ChurchRecords.html Baptisms and deaths of Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Scranton, Pa.] at The USGenWeb Project - free. <br>
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*'''1897-1933''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/churches/ChurchRecords.html Baptisms and deaths of Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Scranton, Pa.] at The USGenWeb Project - free. <br>
  
 
===== Methodist  =====
 
===== Methodist  =====
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In the 1840's the Methodist congregation built a church in Scranton. This building was used every other week for Methodist services and for various other congregations the other weeks. <ref>Benjamin H. Throop, ''A Half Century in Scranton.'' (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895), 282-282. {{FSbook|107703}} Free online digital copy.</ref>  
 
In the 1840's the Methodist congregation built a church in Scranton. This building was used every other week for Methodist services and for various other congregations the other weeks. <ref>Benjamin H. Throop, ''A Half Century in Scranton.'' (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895), 282-282. {{FSbook|107703}} Free online digital copy.</ref>  
  
*'''1851-1913''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/churches/ChurchRecords.html Baptisms and marriages of Providence Methodist Church] at The USGenWeb Project - free.  
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*'''1851-1913''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/churches/ChurchRecords.html Baptisms and marriages of Providence Methodist Church] at The USGenWeb Project - free.  
 
*Primitive Methodist Church, Taylor, Pennsylvania, most records before 1936 were destroyed. See [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/churches/church3.html History] for more information about this church.<br><br>
 
*Primitive Methodist Church, Taylor, Pennsylvania, most records before 1936 were destroyed. See [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/churches/church3.html History] for more information about this church.<br><br>
  
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'''Presbyterian Church, Baldmount'''  
 
'''Presbyterian Church, Baldmount'''  
  
:*'''1842-1876''' - Presbyterian Church, Baldmount, Baptism Index 1842-1876 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C524021}}.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/92/Igipennsylvaniaf.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1842-1876''' Presbyterian Church, Baldmount, Baptism Index 1842-1876 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free. Batch {{IGI|C524021}}.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igipennsylvaniaf.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/92/Igipennsylvaniaf.pdf]].</ref>
  
 
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==== Court Records  ====
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{{PA court4}}  
 
{{PA court4}}  
  
Orphans' Court  
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*Orphans' Court<br>The Scranton Electric Building, Suite 400<br>507 Linden St<br> Scranton, PA 18503<br>Phone: 570-963-6702<br>Email: [mailto:contact@lackawannacounty.org contact@lackawannacounty.org]  
 
 
The Scranton Electric Building Suite 400 507 Linden St Scranton, PA 18503  
 
 
 
Phone 1-570-963-6702  
 
 
 
[mailto:contact@lackawannacounty.org contact@lackawannacounty.org]  
 
  
 
{{PA court5|Lackawanna}}  
 
{{PA court5|Lackawanna}}  
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See [[Pennsylvania Land and Property]] for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.  
 
See [[Pennsylvania Land and Property]] for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.  
  
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*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Lackawanna+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://discover.hsp.org/Search/Results?lookfor=Lackawanna+land&type=AllFields&submit=Find Historical Society of Pennsylvania]<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Lackawanna+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Lackawanna+county+pennsylvania+land WorldCat] (For instructions see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].)<br>  
*Family History Library Catalog (For instructions see [[Family History Library Catalog Place-name Search|FHL Catalog Place-name Search]].)
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*FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see [[FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search|FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search]].)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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[[Image:Palackawanna.jpg|right|220px|Lackawanna County]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/pennsylvania/ Maps of Pennsylvania (1673-1878)]
  
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==== Migration  ====
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The migration routes used by early European settlers to and from {{PAGENAME}} included: <ref>''Handybook'', 850-51.</ref>  
  
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*'''[[Lehigh and Lackawanna Paths]]''' 1766 from [[Unadilla, New York]] to [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]], that is, from the '''''[[Catskill Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' to the '''''[[Great Valley Road]]'''''.
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*'''[[Minsi Path]]''' from [[Kingston, New York]] to [[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]], that is, from the '''''[[Ulster and Delaware Turnpike]]&nbsp;''''' to the '''''[[Great Valley Road]]'''''.
  
 
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'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
 
'''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records'''<br>  
  
:*'''1901-1930''' [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=118&title=naturalizations_pa_middle%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. Circuit and District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1906-1930; and 1901-1906] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
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*'''1901-1930''' [http://www.fold3.com/titleinfo.php?id=118&title=naturalizations_pa_middle%2F&xid=319 Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. Circuit and District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1906-1930; and 1901-1906] on [http://www.fold3.com/ Fold3.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
  
:*'''1901-1930''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1193 Middle District, US Circuit and District Courts: Naturalization petitions, 1906-1930] located in ''U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)'' database on [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
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*'''1901-1930''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1193 Middle District, US Circuit and District Courts: Naturalization petitions, 1906-1930] located in ''U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 (World Archives Project)'' database on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), indexed, National Archives publication M1622, Middle District court was created in 1901, for earlier dates try the Eastern and Western District court records<br>
  
 
{{PANaturalization3|Lackawanna}}  
 
{{PANaturalization3|Lackawanna}}  
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'''Newspapers of Lackawanna County'''  
 
'''Newspapers of Lackawanna County'''  
  
:*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/panews.php Pennsylvania Newspapers]  
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Lackawanna&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/results/?state=Pennsylvania&county=Lackawanna&city=&year1=1690&year2=2012&terms=&frequency=&language=&ethnicity=&labor=&material_type=&lccn=&rows=20 Chronicling America] US Newspaper Directory
  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
 
'''Online Newspapers'''  
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To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.  
 
To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see [http://news.google.com/newspapers news.google.com/newspapers] and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.  
  
:*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026355/ Chronicling America ''Scranton Tribune''] 1891-1910 Scranton, Pennsylvania.  
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84026355/ Chronicling America ''Scranton Tribune''] 1891-1910 Scranton, Pennsylvania.  
:*[http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/Scranton/Client.asp?Skin=Scranton&AppName=2&AW=1345678224466 The Aquinas - The Student Newspaper of the University of Scranton]
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*[http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Default/Skins/Scranton/Client.asp?Skin=Scranton&AppName=2&AW=1345678224466 The Aquinas - The Student Newspaper of the University of Scranton]
  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?464 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?464 PA-Roots Newspaper Articles] for Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/news/index.html USGenWeb Lackawanna County Newspapers]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/news/index.html USGenWeb Lackawanna County Newspapers]
  
 
===== Obituaries  =====
 
===== Obituaries  =====
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'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
 
'''Online Obituary Abstracts'''  
  
:*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?465 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  
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*[http://www.pa-roots.org/data/list.php?465 PA-Roots Obituaries] for Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/obits/obitindex.html USGenWeb Lackawanna County Obituaries]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/obits/obitindex.html USGenWeb Lackawanna County Obituaries]
  
 
==== Occupations  ====
 
==== Occupations  ====
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Complete Collection:<br>  
 
Complete Collection:<br>  
  
:*'''1683-1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
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*'''1683 - 1993'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8802 Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records 1683-1993] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1683-1994''' {{RecordSearch|1999196|Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org]<br>
  
 
Lackawanna County Only: <br>  
 
Lackawanna County Only: <br>  
  
:*'''1878-1939''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/wills/index.html Will Indexes for Lackawanna County 1878-1939] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.  
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*'''1878-1939''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/wills/index.html Will Indexes for Lackawanna County 1878-1939] at [http://www.pagenweb.org/ PAGenWeb] - free.  
:*'''1878-1885''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMM5Y-7JV%3A1420941944%3Fcc%3D1999196 Lackawanna County Probate Records]<br>  
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*'''1878-1885''' [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index?owc=9PM1-6TL%3A268498901%3Fcc%3D1999196 Lackawanna County Probate Records]<br>  
:*'''1878–present''' - Searchable digital images of will and probate records are available online through the office of the [http://www.lackawannacounty.org/viewDepartment.aspx?DeptID=35 Register of Wills]<br>
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*'''1878–present''' Searchable digital images of will and probate records are available online through the office of the [http://www.lackawannacounty.org/viewDepartment.aspx?DeptID=35 Register of Wills]<br>
  
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
 
'''Original Probate Records on Microfilm'''<br>  
  
:*'''1878-1885''' Lackawanna County (Pennsylvania) Probate Files {{FHL|1135374|item|disp=FHL film 2315518 (first of 7 films)}}<br>
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*'''1878-1885''' Lackawanna County (Pennsylvania) Probate Files {{FHL|1135374|item|disp=FHL film 2315518 (first of 7 films)}}<br>
  
{{PA probate FHLC and WorldCat|Lackawanna|974564}}<br>  
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{{PA probate FamilySearch Catalog and WorldCat|Lackawanna|974564}}<br>
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-society-archive/ List of Pennsylvania Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
===== Archives  =====
 
===== Archives  =====
  
{{PA Archives}}  
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{{PA Archives}}
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*[http://www.archives.gov/philadelphia/ National Archives at Philadelphia]<br>14700 Townsend Road<br>Philadelphia, PA 19154-1096<br>Phone: 215-305-2044<br>Fax:  215-305-2052<br>
  
 
===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
  
[http://www.lackawannacounty.org/ Lackawanna County Courthouse]<br>The Scranton Electric Building<br>Suite 400<br>507 Linden Street Ave<br>Scranton, PA 18503<br>  
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*[http://www.lackawannacounty.org/ Lackawanna County Courthouse]<br>The Scranton Electric Building<br>Suite 400<br>507 Linden Street Ave<br>Scranton, PA 18503<br>  
  
'''Clerk of Courts'''<br>Brooks Building <br>436 Spruce Street <br>Scranton, PA 18503 <br>Telephone: 570-963-6723<br>  
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*'''Clerk of Courts'''<br>Brooks Building <br>436 Spruce Street <br>Scranton, PA 18503 <br>Phone: 570-963-6723<br>  
  
 
Prothonotaries are listed under the Court of Common Pleas, as are the Register of Wills, the Orphan's Court Clerk, and the Clerk of Courts.The Prothonotary and the Clerk of Courts is the same person.  
 
Prothonotaries are listed under the Court of Common Pleas, as are the Register of Wills, the Orphan's Court Clerk, and the Clerk of Courts.The Prothonotary and the Clerk of Courts is the same person.  
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
{{PAfhc|Scranton}} (Clarks Summit)<br>
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}{{PAfhc|Scranton}}(Clarks Summit)
 
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
[http://www.lclshome.org/albright/index.php Albright Memorial Library[[Image:Albright memorial library.jpg|thumb|right]]]<br>500 Vine Street <br>Scranton, PA 18509 <br>Phone: 570-348-3000 <br>  
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*[http://www.lclshome.org/albright/index.php Albright Memorial Library][[Image:Albright memorial library.jpg|thumb|220px|<center>Albright Memorial Library</center>]]<br>500 Vine Street <br>Scranton, PA 18509 <br>Phone: 570-348-3000 <br>The Albright Library has a genealogy research room. Their collection includes census records, vital records, newspapers, family surname files, a biographical index to their local history collection, some church records. and Scranton city directories. The library will do research for a fee. The library is housed in its original building built in 1893.
 
 
Hours:<br>Monday through Thursday: 9AM - 9PM <br>Friday: 9AM - 5:30PM <br>Saturday: 9AM - 5PM <br>Sunday: 2PM - 5PM
 
 
 
The Albright Library has a genealogy research room. Their collection includes census records, vital records, newspapers, family surname files, a biographical index to their local history collection, some church records. and Scranton city directories. The library will do research for a fee. The library is housed in its original building built in 1893.  
 
  
 
===== Museums  =====
 
===== Museums  =====
  
PA Anthracite Heritage Museum<br>PO Box 20185 Steamtown Station<br>Scranton, PA 18502<br>(570) 963-4845  
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*PA Anthracite Heritage Museum<br>PO Box 20185 Steamtown Station<br>Scranton, PA 18502<br>Phone: 570-963-4845  
  
Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum<br>R.R. #1, Bald Mountain Rd.<br>Scranton, PA 18504<br>(570) 963-4845  
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*Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum<br>R.R. #1, Bald Mountain Rd.<br>Scranton, PA 18504<br>Phone: 570-963-4845  
  
 
===== Societies  =====
 
===== Societies  =====
  
[http://www.lackawannahistory.org/ Lackawanna Historical Society]<br>The Catlin House<br>232 Monroe Ave.<br>Scranton, PA 18510<br>Phone: 570–344–3841<br> Hours: Tues – Fri 10–5, Sat 12–3<br> Library with newspapers, genealogy family files, manuscripts, maps.  
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*[http://www.lackawannahistory.org/ Lackawanna Historical Society]<br>The Catlin House<br>232 Monroe Ave.<br>Scranton, PA 18510<br>Phone: 570–344–3841<br>Library with newspapers, genealogy family files, manuscripts, maps.  
  
[http://www.grsnp.org/ Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc.] (GRSNP)<br>110 Main Street<br>Peckville, PA 18452<br>Phone: 570-383-7661<br>FAX: 570-383-7466<br>E-mail: info@grsnp.org  
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*[https://www.grsnp.net/ Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc.] (GRSNP)<br>1100 Main Street<br>Peckville, PA 18452<br>Phone: 570-383-7661<br>FAX: 570-383-7466<br>Email: [mailto:info@grsnp.org info@grsnp.org]<br>
 
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:The GRSNP serves northeastern counties:  
:Hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00–2:00 and Wednesday night 6:00 pm–900 pm and Saturday by appointment
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:*Lackawanna  
:A simple search of a dated name or event $20 - Detailed searches are at the rate of $40 an hour. Postage and photocopies up to $1 are included.<ref>http://www.grsnp.org/Research_Services_and_Center.php</ref>
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:*Luzerne  
 
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:*Monroe  
The GRSNP serves northeastern counties:  
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:*Pike  
 
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:*Susquehanna  
*Lackawanna  
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:*Wayne  
*Luzerne  
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:*Wyoming
*Monroe  
 
*Pike  
 
*Susquehanna  
 
*Wayne  
 
*Wyoming
 
 
 
There resources include the research center and library, [http://www.grsnp.org/Newsletter.php newsletters], and database queries.<ref>http://www.grsnp.org/Home_Page.php</ref>
 
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{PA vitals}}  
 
{{PA vitals}}  
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/pa-vital-records/ How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records]
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
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Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 Department of of Health] for 1906 only. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:<br><br>Division of Vital Records<br>ATTN: Public Records<br>P.O. Box 1528<br>New Castle, PA 16103<noinclude>[[Category:Templates for PA pages]]</noinclude>  
 
Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the [http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_records/20686 Department of of Health] for 1906 only. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:<br><br>Division of Vital Records<br>ATTN: Public Records<br>P.O. Box 1528<br>New Castle, PA 16103<noinclude>[[Category:Templates for PA pages]]</noinclude>  
  
:*'''1726-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
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*'''1726-1930''' {{RecordSearch|1681005|Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
:*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Births [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2349 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''1893-1905''' - Births (excluding city of Scranton) prior to 1906 at [http://www.lpa-homes.org/LPA_Public_Inquiries/Views/LPA_Views/LPAXX01D.aspx county government website] - free.
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*'''1893-1905''' Births (excluding city of Scranton) prior to 1906 at [http://www.lpa-homes.org/LPA_Public_Inquiries/Views/LPA_Views/LPAXX01D.aspx county government website] - free.
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
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{{PA marriage}} The [[Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania#Courthouse|clerk's office]] has marriage records October 1885 to present.  
 
{{PA marriage}} The [[Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania#Courthouse|clerk's office]] has marriage records October 1885 to present.  
  
:*'''1700-1821''' - Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
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*'''1677-1950'''  {{RecordSearch|2466357|Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
:*'''1725-1976''' - {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
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*'''1700-1821''' Pennsylvania Marriage Records [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2383 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties.  
:*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
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*'''1725-1976''' {{RecordSearch|1681011|Pennsylvania, Marriages, 1709-1940}} - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.  
:*'''1852-1854''' - Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
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*'''Pre-1810''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2098 Ancestry.com] – ($) This database is incomplete for all counties. Includes 35,000 marriage records from vol. VIII of of the second series of the Pennsylvania Archives.  
:*'''1885–present''' - Searchable digital images of marriage applications are available online through the office of the [http://www.lackawannacounty.org/viewDepartment.aspx?DeptID=93 Clerk of the Orphans Court].  
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*'''1852-1854''' Pennsylvania Marriages [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2486 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.  
:*'''1885-1914''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/marriages/index.html Lackawanna County Marriage Licenses Index] at The USGenWeb Project - free.
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*'''1885-present''' Searchable digital images of marriage applications are available online through the office of the [http://www.lackawannacounty.org/viewDepartment.aspx?DeptID=93 Clerk of the Orphans Court].  
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*'''1885-1914''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/marriages/index.html Lackawanna County Marriage Licenses Index] at The USGenWeb Project - free.
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
===== Divorce  =====
 
===== Divorce  =====
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{{PA death}}  
 
{{PA death}}  
  
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*'''1852-1854'''  Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
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*'''1878-1905'''  Deaths for Scranton are located at the [[Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania#Libraries|Scranton Public Library]].
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*'''1893-1905'''  Deaths prior to 1906 at [http://www.lpa-homes.org/LPA_Public_Inquiries/Views/LPA_Views/LPAXX01D.aspx county government website] - free.
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*'''1947-2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2282148|Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
:*'''1852-1854''' – Pennsylvania Deaths [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2487 Ancestry.com] – ($) Index with images.
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{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Lackawanna|974208}}
:*'''1878-1905'''&nbsp;– Deaths for Scranton are located at the [[Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania#Libraries|Scranton Public Library]].
 
:*'''1893-1905'''&nbsp;– Deaths prior to 1906 at [http://www.lpa-homes.org/LPA_Public_Inquiries/Views/LPA_Views/LPAXX01D.aspx county government website] - free.
 
 
 
{{Template:PA vitals repositories|Lackawanna|974208}}  
 
  
 
== Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
 
== Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/pennsylvania/lackawanna-county/ Lackawanna County, PA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/ Lackawanna County, PAGenWeb] - free genealogical resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~palackaw/ Lackawanna County, PAGenWeb] - free genealogical resources; part of the national USGenWeb Project  
*[http://lackawannadigitalarchives.org/cdm/ Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives]  
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*[http://lackawannadigitalarchives.org/ Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives]
*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Lackawanna|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/PA/Lackawanna-County.htm Lackawanna County PA Genealogy]  
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*{{FHL|Pennsylvania%2C+Lackawanna|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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== Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Places  ==
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United States
Pennsylvania
Lackawanna County

Guide to Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania ancestry, family history and genealogy in courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


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Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
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Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lackawanna County
Location in the state of Pennsylvania
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Founded August 21, 1878
County Seat Scranton
Courthouse
Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Courthouse.jpg
Address Lackawanna County Courthouse
The Scranton Electric Building, Suite 400
507 Linden Street Ave
Scranton, PA 18503
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Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1893
1885
1893
1878
1878

Parent Counties: Formed from Luzerne County 21 August 1878. [1]

County Seat: Scranton

Neighboring Counties: Lackawanna County residents may also have records in: [2]

Named for the Lackawanna River.[3]

Description

The county was named for the Lackawanna River. It's county seat is Scranton and was founded August 13, 1878. It is located in the Northeast corner of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Pennsylvania county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Pennsylvania County Boundary Maps" (1673-1878) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
HomeTownLocator WorldCat BillionGraves
PAGenWeb Archives Linkpendium
Tombstone Photos PAGravestones
GenWeb Cemetery Project Epodunk
Pennsylvania Genealogy Access Genealogy
BillionGraves (name) Interment
See Pennsylvania Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Resources

Census

For tips on accessing Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Federal (or United States) census records online, see: Pennsylvania Census.

There are no county or state census records available for Pennsylvania. County and city tax records can be used as a substitute when census records are not available.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. In Pennsylvania, church records are often used as a substitute for birth, marriage, and death information. For general information about Pennsylvania denominations, view the Pennsylvania Church Records wiki page.


Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Church Records  in online catalogs like:


County-wide Database – Multi-denominational
Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Churches
Contains the church records of:
  • Carbondale: Clarks Green United Methodist Church; First Presbyterian Church; Peckville United Methodist Church
  • Jermyn: Trinity Church Carbondale and St. James Church; Worth Baptist Church
  • Newton: United Methodist Church
  • Scranton: Dallas United Methodist Church; Elm Park United Methodist Church; Emmanuel Lutheran Church; Hyde Park Presbyterian Church; Petersburg Presbyterian Church; Providence United Methodist Church; St. David's Episcopal Church; St. John's Lutheran Church; St. Luke's Episcopal Church; St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church; Westminster Presbyterian Church

Because Lackawanna County was not formed until 1878, many early congregations are discussed in the Luzerne County church records.

Baptist

The Baptist church was first organized in Scranton in 1859.

Catholic

An early church and cemetery was built near Roaring Brook. Later the congregation moved to Scranton in the Hyde Park area. The Cathedral was erected in 1865. The property included a convent and college. [5]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Scranton
  • Scranton Dist
Episcopal

Early services were conducted by the Wilkes-Barre leaders. A congregation was organized in 1851, with service in the Methodist church. A frame church was built in Scranton in 1853 and, later a new edifice was completed in 1871. [6]

Lutheran
Methodist

Methodism was first introduced into Luzerne County in about 1787. Meetings were held in homes and shops. By 1800, monthly meetings were held in Providence. he first meetinghouse was erected in 1828 in Carbondale. Most early preaching was done by traveling circuit-riding ministers. Later congregations were found in Hanover, Newport and the Plains. [7]

In the 1840's the Methodist congregation built a church in Scranton. This building was used every other week for Methodist services and for various other congregations the other weeks. [8]

Presbyterian

Presbyterians met in Scranton in the Methodist church in the 1840's.  In 1845 they moved their meetings to the Odd Fellow's Hall. A new building was completed in 1852. [9]

Presbyterian Church, Baldmount

Court Records

Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy court records are housed at the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Courthouse. For many counties copies of court records may be found at the Pennsylvania State Archives and in the FamilySearch collection. Note that within these collections some films may contain the same records, but have different titles. Other titles are not duplicates. See Finding Court Records at other repositories within this section for links to the online catalogs for these two collections. Films at the Pennsylvania State Archives are not available for inter-library loan. If court records are available FamilySearch films may be available at a local Family History Center. Call ahead for availability.


Court of Common Pleas

The Courts of Common Pleas are the trial courts of Pennsylvania. Major civil and criminal cases are heard in these courts. Judges also decide cases involving adoption, divorce, child custody, abuse, juvenile delinquency, estates, guardianships, charitable organizations and many other matters. The Common Pleas courts are organized into 60 judicial districts. Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy County has its own judicial district. Judges of the Common Pleas courts are elected to 10-year terms. A president judge and a court administrator serve in each judicial district.[11]

Clerk of the Court

The Clerk of Courts prepares and maintains the records for the Criminal Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Clerk signs and affixes the Seal of the Courts to all writs and processes, administers oaths and affirmations, and assumes custody of the seal and records of the Courts. The Clerk certifies and distributes orders of the Court. The Clerk also certifies and prepares bills of costs for the defendants and utilizes the computerized financial management system to disburse fines, costs and restitution.[12] For the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Clerk of Courts address see the Courthouse section on this page.


Prothonotary

The office of the Prothonotary is the custodian of all civil matters in the county. This includes naturalization, immigration, equity actions, judgements, federal and local tax liens, city liens, family court, arbitrations, license suspension appeals, appeals to higher court, commercial code filings, applications for passports and divorce proceedings. See the Courthouse section on this page for the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Prothonotary office information.


The Prothonotories are listed under the Court of Common Pleas.

Orphans' Court

See Vital Records
The Orphans' Court is responsible for a wide range of matters. The name of the Court is derived from the more general definition of "orphan," that being a person or thing that is without protective affiliation or sponsorship. This would include those not capable of handling their own affairs, minors, incapacitated persons, decedents estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts. It is the role of the Court to ensure that the best interests of the person or entity are not compromised.

It is believed the name of this court was borrowed from the Court of Orphans of the city of London, England which had the care and guardianship of children of deceased citizens, in their minority.[13]

For Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Orphans' Court contact information see the Courthouse section on this page.


  • Orphans' Court
    The Scranton Electric Building, Suite 400
    507 Linden St
    Scranton, PA 18503
    Phone: 570-963-6702
    Email: contact@lackawannacounty.org

Finding Court Records at Other Repositories

Additional court records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Court Records in online catalogs like:

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

For information about emigration into Pennsylvania, see the Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration page.


Ethnic Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Published Histories

Land and Property

Land records in Lackawanna County began in 1878. These records are filed with the Recorder of Deeds office in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts, indexes, mortgages, leases, grants, sheriff sales, land patents, and maps. Property records include liens as well as livestock brands and estray records.

The following are examples of available resources:

Online Land Records

  • The Recorder of Deeds offers online access to land records. Log in is required. (IQS Lackawanna County web access technical support 800-320-2617.)
  • Merrifield, Edward. "The Territory of Scranton Immediately Prior to the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Co. Purchase." Lackawanna Institute of History and Science. Historical series, no. 4. Scranton, 1896. Digital version at Internet Archive. At various libraries (WorldCat)

Additional Resources

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See Pennsylvania Land and Property for more information about using land records, especially about original land warrants, surveys, and patents filed at the state land office.

Additional resources can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Land in online catalogs such as:

Maps

Lackawanna County

Migration

The migration routes used by early European settlers to and from Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy included: [14]

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records can contain information about immigration and nativity. Prior to 1906, it is rare to find the town of origin in naturalization records. See Pennsylvania Naturalization for more information about the types of records and availability.

Naturalizations granted at the county level were kept by the office of the Prothonotary. Naturalizations could also be granted on the Federal Court level.


Naturalization records for Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania include the following:

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Finding Naturalization Indexes at Other Repositories

Additional naturalization indexes can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy naturalization  in online catalogs like:


Newspapers

Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, historical/genealogical societies, college or university libraries, or state archives in the area where the newspaper was published.

For information on state-wide newspapers see Pennsylvania Newspapers


Newspapers of Lackawanna County

Online Newspapers

To learn if there are newspapers online for a specific town or city in Pennsylvania, see news.google.com/newspapers and search for the town or the name of a newspaper.

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Obituaries

Obituaries are generally found in local newspapers where the person died. However, sometimes an obituary is found in the location from which he or she originated. To find an obituary, see the information under the Newspaper heading


Online Obituary Abstracts

Occupations

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate Records

Probate matters in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy are handled by the Orphans' Court and start when the county was created. To obtain original probate records, contact the Orphan's Court in the County Courthouse.

In addition to wills and administrations, the Orphans' Court also handles: audits of accounts of executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians; distribution of estates of decedents, incompetents, and minors; appointment and control of guardians; adoptions; appeals from the Register of Wills involving probate matters; inheritance tax appeals and various petitions and motions.


Online Probate Records

Original probate records for some Pennsylvania counties are available free online as digital images at FamilySearch.org. The dates vary significantly for each county and not all counties are listed. Some counties may only have probate indexes. This Pennsylvania collection of images may be browsed through the links listed below:

Complete Collection:

Lackawanna County Only:

Original Probate Records on Microfilm

Additional Probate Indexes and Abstracts

Additional probate indexes or abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy probate wills in online catalogs like:


Repositories

Archives

The Pennsylvania Archives collection contains county archive records that can be searched onsite. Currently the Archives' staff cannot provide research or make copies of these records. Their collections include Almshouse Registers; Tax records; Birth, Death and Marriage Indexes and Records; Midwife records; African American records; Wills; Deeds; Naturalizations; Coroner's inquests; and Orphan's Court dockets. A list of the Archive's county holdings are on Microfilm or Manuscript form.


Courthouse
  • Clerk of Courts
    Brooks Building
    436 Spruce Street
    Scranton, PA 18503
    Phone: 570-963-6723

Prothonotaries are listed under the Court of Common Pleas, as are the Register of Wills, the Orphan's Court Clerk, and the Clerk of Courts.The Prothonotary and the Clerk of Courts is the same person.

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FHC for Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy is the Scranton Pennsylvania Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

(Clarks Summit)

Libraries
  • Albright Memorial Library
    Albright Memorial Library

    500 Vine Street
    Scranton, PA 18509
    Phone: 570-348-3000
    The Albright Library has a genealogy research room. Their collection includes census records, vital records, newspapers, family surname files, a biographical index to their local history collection, some church records. and Scranton city directories. The library will do research for a fee. The library is housed in its original building built in 1893.
Museums
  • PA Anthracite Heritage Museum
    PO Box 20185 Steamtown Station
    Scranton, PA 18502
    Phone: 570-963-4845
  • Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
    R.R. #1, Bald Mountain Rd.
    Scranton, PA 18504
    Phone: 570-963-4845
Societies
  • Lackawanna Historical Society
    The Catlin House
    232 Monroe Ave.
    Scranton, PA 18510
    Phone: 570–344–3841
    Library with newspapers, genealogy family files, manuscripts, maps.
The GRSNP serves northeastern counties:
  • Lackawanna
  • Luzerne
  • Monroe
  • Pike
  • Susquehanna
  • Wayne
  • Wyoming

Taxation

Vital Records

Vital records are handled by the County Orphans' Court. Between the years 1852-1855 Pennsylvania made a failed attempt to record birth, marriage and death events at the county level. While the records for that time period are available, there were few events recorded. County marriage records were kept in earnest in 1885. Births and deaths, at the county level, were begun in 1893 and kept through 1905. Abstracts and copies of vital records are available for some counties, but most are incomplete. For the most complete set of records, always contact the County Orphans' Court.


See also How to order Pennsylvania Vital Records

Birth

Early birth records for Scranton are located at the Scranton Public Library. Other county births (excluding Scranton) are found at the Register of Wills(or Orphans' Court).

Indexes for Pennsylvania birth records are available through the Department of of Health for 1906 only. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified Birth certificate can be obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103

  • 1726-1930 Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 - free index. Not complete for all years. This index is an electronic index for the years 1726 to 1930. It is not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
  • 1852-1854 Pennsylvania Births Ancestry.com – ($) Index with images.
  • 1893-1905 Births (excluding city of Scranton) prior to 1906 at county government website - free.
Marriage

Pennsylvania marriages are located at the county level. Contact the Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy clerk's office for these records. The clerk's office has marriage records October 1885 to present.

Divorce

Divorce records are available through the office of the Prothonotary. The office of the Prothonotary is located in the courthouse building.

Death

Early deaths 1893–1905 are located at the County Orphans' Court. See the heading Court Records on this page for contact information.

Indexes for Pennsylvania death records are available through the Department of Health for 1906 through 1962. Once an individual is located in the index a non certified death certificate can be obtained obtained by writing and sending $3.00 to:

Division of Vital Records
ATTN: Public Records
P.O. Box 1528
New Castle, PA 16103


Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Genealogy Websites

Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Places

Populated Places

Lackawanna County Pennsylvania Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lackawanna_County,_Pennsylvania.
  3. Wikipedia
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lackawanna_County,_Pennsylvania accessed 2/12/2017
  5. Benjamin H. Throop, A Half Century in Scranton (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895, 282-282 FamilySearch Books Online Free online digital copy.
  6. Benjamin H. Throop, A Half Century in Scranton. (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895), 283-284. FamilySearch Books Online Free online digital copy.
  7. Horace Hollister,History of the Lackawanna Valley. (New York: C. A. Alvord, 1869), 322-326. FamilySearch Books Online Free online digital copy}}
  8. Benjamin H. Throop, A Half Century in Scranton. (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895), 282-282. FamilySearch Books Online Free online digital copy.
  9. Benjamin H. Throop, A Half Century in Scranton. (Scranton, Pennsylvania : [Scranton Republican], 1895), 280-281 FamilySearch Books Online Free online digital copy.
  10. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/9/92/Igipennsylvaniaf.pdf.
  11. The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ accessed 10 July 2012.
  12. Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, Clerk of Courts in http://www.pacourts.us/T/CommonPleas/ClerksOfCourts.htm (accessed 25 Aug 2012)
  13. The Philadelphia Courts at http://www.courts.phila.gov/common-pleas/orphans/ accessed 10 July 2012
  14. Handybook, 850-51.