C'mon....Pennsylvania had to be Western Lithuania at one point. Schuylkill County, Luzerne, the Pittsburgh area...I do remember in the 1980s reading a statistic that Schuylkill County had the largest percentage of Lithuanians outside Lithuania. Coal miner or no coal miner, hash out your PA Lithuanian ancestors here.
For those whose ancestors went to Schuylkill County, PA, the Marriage License Search
on the county website may be very helpful. You can search by partial names (good for those messed up spellings) or even search just by first name. The search will give you the docket number, and from there, you can order a copy of the record for little money.
Schuylkill County Genealogy
message board at RootsWeb.
The Library in Pottsville
has a whole host of genealogy resources and will look up obituaries for a very nominal fee.Index of Obituaries
in the Pottsville Republican.
The Frackville Library
The Schuylkill County Historical Society
The Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society
.Schuylkill County Genealogy Ties
Diocese: Diocese of Allentown
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
, 7 South Broad Mountain Avenue
Frackville, PA 17931-1800 (570) 874-0842. No website.
St. Vincent de Paul Lithuanian Catholic Church
, Girardville. Merged. See St. Joseph's
St. Joseph's Lithuanian Catholic Church
, Mahanoy City
Our Lady of Siluva (formerly St. Louis)
, Maizeville. Closed.
St. Francis of Assisi
, New Philadelphia
St. George's Lithuanian Catholic Church
, Shenandoah CLOSED. Per the Diocese, the records are at: Annunciation BVM, 218 W. Cherry St., Shenandoah, PA 17976 phone: 570-462-1916Saints Peter & Paul Lithuanian Catholic Church
, Tamaqua. 307 Pine Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252
Rev. William J. Linkchorst 570-668-1150
of the county.
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Website for the Lithuanian Citizens' Society
of Pittsburgh.Allegheny County page
of PAGenWeb project.
Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh
Parish records are located at the Archives & Record
Center located at Synod Hall, Pittsburgh Diocese
125 North Craig
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 621-6217St. Casimir's Parish
2114 Sarah Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Some cemetery inscriptions
from St. Casimir's cemetery, Whitehall, PA.
St. Vincent Lithuanian Catholic Church
, Pittsburgh. Closed. See St. John of God
, McKees Rocks.
SS. Peter & Paul, Homestead
St. Isadore's, Braddock
St. Anthony's, Bridgeville
Ascension Church, Manchester
St. Valentine's, Bethel Park
St. Joseph's, Donora
St. Luke's, Bentleyville
St. Francis Academy, Whitehall (1929-1991) had a Lithuanian Library. If it survives, it might be with the Sisters of St. Francis: website
Luzerne CountyGovernment: Homepage
for Luzerne County.Libraries:Back Mountain Memorial Library
, DallasHazleton Area Library
(Four branches, including Freeland)
The library has the Hazleton Standard Speaker newspaper online, from 1999-present. However, you need to enter a library card #.Hoyt Library
, KingstonKirby Library
, MountaintopMill Library
, NanticokeOsterhout Public Library
, WilkesbarrePittston Memorial Library
, PittstonPlymouth Public Library
, PlymouthW. Pittston Library
, W. PittstonWyoming Free Library
, WyomingChurches: Diocese of Scranton
St. Casimir (Polish & Lithuanian)
, Freeland. Closed. All four Catholic churches in Freeland are being merged into one new church to be housed at St. Ann's, to be known as Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
. Brief histories of the component churches is given here
. I've read that getting records from any Freeland churches is hopeless; you'll be told the records are 'lost', or to contact the diocese. The Diocese, in turn, is said to respond tersely, if at all, saying that they 'don't have time' for such things, or that the church should have the records. St. Ann's,
898 Centre Street, Freeland PA 18224 Tel 570 - 636 - 3035, Fax 570 - 636 - 1743
Saints Peter & Paul Lithuanian Catholic Church
, Hazleton. Merged. Records at Transfiguration Church
, W. Hazleton. 213 Green Street, West Hazelton PA
Tel 570 - 454 - 3933, Fax 570 - 454 - 8326
, Wilkes Barre
Other Luzerne Links:Luzerne County Historical SocietyLuzerne County GenWeb
Northumberland CountyGovernment: Homepage
for Northumberland CountyLIbraries:Mt. Carmel
Public LibraryShamokin-Coal Township
Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg
, Mt. Carmel. Closed. See: Divine Redeemer, 438 West. Avenue, Mount Carmel PA 17851 Tel 570 - 339 - 4350, Fax 570 - 339 - 5759St. Stanislaus Kosta (Polish-Lithuanian)
, Shamokin. CLOSED. Records at: Mother Cabrini, 214 North Shamokin Street, Shamokin PA
17872 Tel 717 - 648 - 4512, Fax 717 - 648 - 1209
Other Northumberland links:
PA GenWeb page for Northumberland
Pre-1920 Roman Catholic Church Records are archived at the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center
. From the main page of the site, click the Genealogy tab to find what records they have/do not have, and how to order them. If only all dioceses were this well-organized. The early Archdiocese of Philadelphia also included Bucks, Chester, Delaware & Montgomery Counties.