Heritage Quest Online
Local history sources, monographs, official records, serials citations, coverage from 1700 onwards.
(If the following link does not redirect properly, please click here to access Heritage Quest Online from our Databases page.)

Sunday Independent
Wilkes-Barre Sunday Independent newspaper from 1913 through 1924. This newspaper is historically significant to the region, state and nation in many ways since this area became the center of the anthracite industry and contains a vast amount of information on the coal mining industry, including mining accidents

PA Newspapers
The following newspapers are available online to Luzerne County Library System patrons. Please visit our Databases page to view.
Citizen’s Voice: Online Access 9/11/05-present
Sunday Independent: Online Access 1913-1946
Times Leader: Online Access 1992-present

Luzerne County Genealogy Trails
Currently provides a local obituary Index from 1930 to mid-1936. Local historical data made available online for free through the efforts of dedicated volunteers.

Access Genealogy
A free genealogy resource.

Provides access to historical records and family trees

Cemeteries and Cemetery Records
Library of burial records from thousands of cemeteries across the world

Family Search
Free collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records

Cyndi’s List
Provides access to the genealogy sites on the internet

Ellis Island
Ellis Island/Port of New York records of passengers

Family Tree Maker
U.S Census Collection, International and Passenger Records

Helm’s Genealogy toolbox
Collection of tools to assist genealogy research

How to Research the 1930 Census Microfilm
Information about where to view, rent, or buy the microfilm containing the original records

Collection of genealogy related websites

Luzerne County Cemeteries

Luzerne County Historical Society
It records and interprets the history, traditions, events, people and cultures that have directed and molded life within the region.

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

PA GenWeb Pennsylvania
Clickable maps to county websites, images, resource link, determine what county city is in.

PA State Archives
Card Files for PA National Guard Veteran’s 1867-1921, Civil Veteran’s , Revolutionary War Military, WWI service medal application, Spanish American War, Mexican Border Campaign, Milita Officers’ Index cards


The ShipList
Immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa

(updated 3/2023)