Online Research of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

The following excerpt is from Tom Mooney’s “Out On a Limb” column, published January 2, 2010 in The Times Leader.

If you haven’t visited the Luzerne County [Pennsylvania] Genweb in a Tom Mooneywhile, do so. You’ll find not just your old favorite items such as the message boards and lists of coal mining disasters, but some useful newer features as well.

One is the complete text of Henry B. Plumb’s 1885 History of Hanover Township and Wyoming Valley. Compiled by James H. Culbert, this lengthy work includes, among other things, not just lists of early families of the area but genealogies of those families – and names of people researching those families. If you trace your roots back to the earliest white settlers, you might save yourself a lot of work by opening up Plumb.

Another good feature is a list of numbers for microfilm reels pertaining to Wyoming Valley history and families so you can readily order those microfilms at your nearest Family History Center…

Read Tom’s full column.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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