Death Indexes
Indexes as presented © 2008-2013 Claire Moran or Named Contributor
 
  • These indexes have been gleaned from the Death Indexes published in the county newspapers and other sources.
  • Data was transcribed with care but errors do happen so please verify any information that seems questionable.
  • If a woman were listed as Mrs. Mary Smith, her first name is indexed as Mary (Mrs.).
  • If a woman were listed at Mrs. John Smith, her first name is indexed is Mrs. John.
  • Entries for "funeral" are for names which did not appear on the death index but did appear with the funeral notices. Information is not complete but offers an opportunity to pursue further.
  • An entry was made for the subject of obituaries contributed by various individuals.
  • If there is a duplicate listing it is because the person appeared on two different indexes. Note the date published.
  • Characters in [ ] were added by the transcriber.
 
 
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A copy of the obituary for a death listed in this index with a source of 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, or 8 can be secured from the staff at the Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Instructions on how to request a copy can be found on their website: http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us. Click on "How Do I ....?" on the left and then on "Genealogy Services" near the center of the resulting page. The vast majority of those listed in the Death Indexes had an obituary published but there are exceptions.

Special Note: The microfilm for September 1938 is not available at the Osterhout Free Library. To secure a copy of an obituary published in the Wilkes-Barre Record for September 1938, contact the Luzerne County Historical Society, Bishop Library, 49 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18702.
Luzerne County Historical Society      Select Bishop Library for more information.

Online access the the Wilkes-Barre PA Sunday Independent newspaper is hosted by the Osterhout Library through Access Pennsylvania. Full issues of the Sunday Independent from 1913 through 1953 are available. At the moment, only the issues through 1946 are searchable. There are some gaps most likely due to labor strikes or the lack of microfilm availablilty. A membership in the library is not required to access this information. It can be found at http://www.osterhout.lib.pa.us       Click on "Online Resources."


Deaths Before 1930
1930 Death Index
1931 Death Index
1932 Death Index
1933 Death Index
1934 Death Index
1935 Death Index
1936 Death Index
1937 Death Index

1938 Death Index through October 2
October 1, 1938 through April 3, 1939 Strike Period Death Index
April 4, 1939 through December 31, 1939 Death Index

January 1 through June 30, 1940
Deaths after June 30, 1940

2003 Death Index Hazleton Area
2004 Death Index Hazleton Area
2005 Death Index Hazleton Area
2006 Death Index Hazleton Area
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Deaths Before 1930
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1930 Death Index
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1931 Death Index
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1932 Death Index
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1933 Death Index
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1934 Death Index
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1935 Death Index
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1936 Death Index
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1937 Death Index
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T thru Z
1937 is complete except for November 3 through November 8.
No paper was published for these dates due to a union strike.


1938 Death Index
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1938 is complete through October 3.
The microfilm for September 1938 is not available at the Osterhout Free Library.
To secure a copy of an obituary for September 1938, contact the
Luzerne County Historical Society, Bishop Library, 49 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18702.
Luzerne County Historical Society      Select Bishop Library for more information.


October 1, 1938 through April 3, 1939 Strike Period Death Index
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T thru Z
A strike by The American Newspaper Guild prevented publication of the Luzerne County deaths from October 4, 1938 through December 14, 1938. The Wilkes-Barre Record compiled a mortuary list by writing to every funeral director in Wyoming Valley for the names of the dead buried by him during the strike period. The resulting list was published in the Wilkes-Barre Record Almanac for 1939 which was published early in 1939.
Another strike by The American Newspaper Guild prevented publication of deaths from December 15, 1938 through April 3, 1939. The Wilkes-Barre Record compiled a mortuary list by writing to all the Registrars of Vital Statistics in the county for the names of those who died during that period of time. The resulting list was published in the Wilkes-Barre Record Almanac for 1940 which was published early in 1940. The paper resumed publication on April 5, 1939 and contained deaths for April 4th.
The strike also affected The Sunday Independent but that publication was able to resume on January 22, 1939. Included in most of the issues through April 2, 1939, was a list of "Deaths and Funerals Of The Week" with a very brief notation for each event. These articles and the Wilkes-Barre Record Almanac publications are the only local record available for deaths during this period. The Sunday Independent can be found online through the Osterhout Public Library Website Online Resources.

This index combines both of the Wilkes-Barre Almanac lists and those published in the Sunday Independent. Combining the two sources will result in some duplication.

April 4, 1939 through December 31, 1939 Death Index
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January 1 through June 30, 1940 Death Index
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T thru Z
1940 is complete through June.

Deaths After June, 1940
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2003 Death Index Hazleton Area
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2004 Death Index Hazleton Area
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2005 Death Index Hazleton Area
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2006 Death Index Hazleton Area
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2007 Death Index Hazleton Area
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2008 Death Index Hazleton Area
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2009 Death Index Hazleton Area
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2010 Death Index Hazleton Area
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2011 Death Index Hazleton Area
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