History & Interesting Facts
Site Updated 06/01/2013
Deaths, marriages, and obituaries connected to Luzerne County PA have
been posted on this site and more will be added on a regular basis.
Genealogy Trails is an organization of volunteers working to put
free historical data online. My name is Claire Moran and as your Luzerne County Pennsylvania
host I try to post as much data online as possible in order to make it freely available to all. We gratefully accept
contributions of raw data such as marriage/birth/death records, obituaries, county histories,
biographies, old newspaper items - anything that would help someone build their family tree!!
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County was formed in 1786 from part of Northumberland County. Although
it is most noted for being located in the Anthracite coal mining area
of Northeastern Pennsylvania, it also has a rich history surrounding
the canals and railroads that were instrumental in connecting east/west
and north/south in this great country of ours. The textile industry is
also an integral part of the tapestry created by our ancestors.
miners were instrumental furthering the cause of the United Mine
Workers of America around the turn of the 20th century with labor
strikes in the anthracite region that were supported by entire
communities. The miners' strike of 1902 became the first time an
American President became involved in pursuing settlement of a labor
In 1903, Rev. Joseph Murgas, a Catholic priest
stationed in Wilkes-Barre, developed and patented inventions that
became an important foundation of wireless communications. It is also
the birthplace of "Mr. Peanut."
We are a melted pot of ethnic diversity with an unending story to tell.