Genealogy and local history materials & services.

Last Updated January 12, 2022.

The Pottsville Free Public Library has a large number of church and cemetery collections published by Schuylkill Roots, and a handful of family histories donated by family researchers. Please use our catalog to see if we have the church, cemetery, or family name you seek, using a variety of spellings if necessary.

The only requests we will answer are those for specific pages from specific genealogy books in our collection, as identified using indexes on our web site (below), and requests for obituaries for exact dates of death.  Please see "Services" section below.

February 2021 additions: we've digitized several local history publications that were not available elsewhere. These titles have ** next to their names in the Online Resources section below. Other titles found elsewhere online have also been added.

We will not be able to search our collection for family information or hunt for obituaries when a specific date is not known.  Please try contacting the Schuylkill County Historical Society (contact information at the bottom of this web page, under "Local Historical Societies") for assistance if you need more in-depth genealogy research.

The Pottsville Free Public Library owns many important resources about the history of Pottsville and Schuylkill county.  Please read the ENTIRE page before contacting us for assistance -- many of your questions will probably be answered!  Contact information can be found in the Services section below. New entries to this growing list are marked with **.

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Online Resources

These sites have genealogical and historical information for Schuylkill County on their websites, most of them for free. More and more old publications are being put on the internet -- check back occasionally to see what else is available!

Argument of Franklin B. Gowen, Esq. Before the Joint Committee of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, appointed to inquire into the affairs of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company and the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company, at Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 29th and 30th, 1875. Available from the Hagley Digital Archives.

Argument of Franklin B. Gowen, Esq., of counsel for the Commonwealth, in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Thomas Munley, indicted in the Court of Oyer and Terminer of Schuylkill County, Pa., for the  murder of Thomas Sanger, a mining boss, at Raven Run, on September 1, 1875. (1876)  Available from the HathiTrust, contributed by the University of Michigan. (Click on "Full view" to read the document.)

Berks County Marriages -- Search for marriages in Berks County back to 1885. Click on the "Home" link at the top for access to Berks County births and deaths, too.

Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Samuel T. Wiley and Henry W. Ruoff, eds., 1893. "Comprising a historical sketch of the county... together with about five hundred and fifty biographical sketches of the prominent men and leading citizens of the county." (From title page)  This book is available from the Internet Archive, contributed by Cornell University. 

Biographical Notes of Pine Grove, Pa., 1841-1916 Capt. J. W. Barr, compiler, 1916.  This book discusses some of the people living in the Pine Grove area, sometimes giving a fair amount of genealogical information (and sometimes not!). 

** Coal Region of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania: An Historical and Statistical Review of the Coal Trade -- by Jay Oliver Roads, publication 1943? A manuscript that was given to the Library for use by the public, now digitized to provide better access to it. Digitized by the Pottsville Library with equipment loaned by the State Library of Pennsylvania.

Ella Zerbey Elliott's Blue Book of Schuylkill County -- published in 1916.  The full text of this book is available now from the Internet Archive, contributed by Boston Public Library. 

** Directory of the Eleventh Census of the Population of Schuylkill County, Penna. -- Digitized by the Pottsville Library with equipment loaned by the State Library of Pennsylvania. This publication is a cross between a census listing and a business directory, and is the only resource available for Schuylkill County in 1890 other than a limited "Union Veterans and Their Widows" volume (on microfilm at the Pottsville Library).

1940 Census -- Now available to search on FamilySearch (the LDS site). National Archives has pledged to keep this data "online, free of charge, for viewing and download"; check their 1940 Census page for more information. Some parts of the FamilySearch site may require free registration to access the materials.

Centennial Anniversary, Orwigsburg, Penna. -- published 1913. Heavily illustrated with photos, this publication includes approx. 20 pages of some of Orwigsburg's history, as well as businesses in existence at the time of the centennial celebration. Contributed to the HathiTrust by Library of Congress.

First Defenders -- published in 1910, this publication gives the muster rolls and historical sketches of the militia units that first responded to President Lincoln's call for assistance in 1861: National Light Infantry of Pottsville; Washington Artillerists of Pottsville; Ringgold Light Artillery of Reading; Logan Guards of Lewistown; and Allen Infantry of Allentown. Contributed to the HathiTrust by New York Public Library.

** Folklore of the Schuylkill Canal, Vol. 2 -- by John Butz Bowman, published 1947. Digitized by the Pottsville Library with equipment loaned by the State Library of Pennsylvania. Volume 1 is available through the POWERLibrary's PA Photos and Documents Collection and may require a library card to access.

The great Mollie Maguire trials: in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, Pa., brief reference to such trials, and arguments of Gen. Charles Albright and Hon. F. W. Hughes, in the case of the Commonwealth vs. James Carroll, James Roarity, Hugh McGehan and James Boyle, indicted for the murder of Benjamin F. Yost, chief of police of and at Tamaqua, July 6, 1876, in the Oyer and Terminer of Schuylkill County, July 22, 1876. Verdict as to all the prisoners, of Guilty of Murder in the First Degree. Available from HathiTrust, contributed by Harvard University. (Click on "Full view" to read the document.)

Historical Society of Schuylkill County Publications Historical Society of Schuylkill County, 1907-1965. Only some volumes are currently available online. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available from the Internet Archive, contributed by Harvard University. Volume 3 and Volume 4 are available from the Hathi Trust, contributed by Princeton University and the University of Wisconsin, respectively.

History of Berks County Pennsylvania in the Revolution -- published 1894. Much of Schuylkill County was originally part of Berks County; Schuylkill did not become a county until 1811. Rolls of each company start in Chapter 6, page 75. Contributed to the HathiTrust by Yale University.

History of Frackville, by Rev. Jonathan Miller, 1904 -- a short history of the borough. Contributed to the HathiTrust by New York Public Library.

History of Northampton, Lehigh, Monroe, Carbon, and Schuylkill Counties Israel D. Rupp, 1845. "Containing a brief history of the first settlers, topography of townships, notices of leading events, incidents, and interesting facts in the early history of these counties; with an appendix, containing matters of deep interest." Contributed to the HathiTrust by Library of Congress.

** History of Pennsylvania Volunteers by Samuel P. Bates -- Originally published in 1869, this multi-volume set attempted to list every volunteer and member of a militia who took part in the Civil War in the Pennsylvania regiments. Organized by regiment, with a brief history of each and a list of each company within that regiment. Some details about individuals such as muster out dates is given. Each volume has its own link, but all can be found on the Internet Archive from different contributors (Allen County Public Library, University of Pittsburgh Library, and the California Digital Library). Volume 1; Volume 2; Volume 3; Volume 4; Volume 5.

** History of Pottsville and Schuylkill County -- 1934-1935. Sometimes referred to as the "Zerbey History", this 6-volume set has been digitized by the Pottsville Library with the permission of the Pottsville Republican Herald office, using equipment loaned by the State Library of Pennsylvania. Each volume has its own link: Volume 1; Volume 2; Volume 3; Volume 4; Volume 5 (includes the biographical section and the 1884-1934 chronology from the newspaper); Volume 6 (index).

** History of Schuylkill County -- by Herrwood E. Hobbs, published 1950 by the Pottsville School District. Digitized by the Pottsville Library with equipment loaned by the State Library of Pennsylvania.

W. W. Munsell's History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania -- published in 1881; this scanned version from Hathi Trust includes the biographical pages (which start with R-__). Also available as a transcribed PDF download (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) with an everyname index (starts on page 392) but no biographical pages.

** History of Schuylkill County Pennsylvania -- Published in 1907, edited by Adolf W. Schalck and Hon. D. C. Henning, this two-volume set focuses on the history of the county in Volume 1 and biographies of leading residents in Volume 2. This digitized version of the title was contributed to the Internet Archive by the Pottsville Free Public Library.

History of the County of Schuylkill, In honor of the County's Centenary, 1911. Published by Dives, Pomeroy & Stewart (a local department store), this short book provides very brief information about the county and the boroughs at that time.

History of the Good Intent Fire Co. No. 1, Pottsville -- 1899. A short history of one of the first fire companies in Pottsville; note that there are many advertisements throughout the book. Contributed to the HathiTrust by Penn State University.

** History of the Pottsville School District 1834-1966 -- Written by Herrwood E. Hobbs, published 1966. Digitized by the Pottsville Library at the request of the Pottsville Area High School Library, with equipment loaned by the State Library of Pennsylvania.

Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society Online Databases -- check out this site for a large number of Lithuanian cemeteries, surnames, vital records, and other databases crucial to genealogical research.  Includes several Schuylkill County resources.

Memorial of the Patriotism of Schuylkill County in the American Slaveholder's Rebellion -- published in 1865; one of the more detailed sources listing volunteers from Schuylkill County in the Civil War. Contributed to the HathiTrust by Harvard University.

Old Schuylkill Tales -- published in 1906; part story, part history, this book attempts to collect some of the oral history of Schuylkill County. Contributed to the HathiTrust by New York Public Library.

Pennsylvania Annual Reports on Mining Activities -- Want to use the mine inspectors' reports but can't get to Schuylkill County?  The University of Scranton Weinberg Memorial Library has put many of the reports in the Internet Archive, available to anyone anywhere on the web. For the 1869 Schuylkill County report, visit HathiTrust (contributed by Princeton University).  Note that only reports up through 1920 include names of miners injured in accidents.  

**Pennsylvania Anthracite Region Employment -- Works Progress Administration publication (1935/1945), written by James C. Rettie and others. Digitized by the Pottsville Library with equipment loaned by the State Library of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Mining Resources from the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania -- links to online coal mining resources, mining glossary, and a list of major coal mine accidents are just some of what this page has to offer those with coal mining ancestors.

Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive -- A large collection of "Significant historical Pennsylvania newspapers", this collection contains newspapers from all over the state. Of interest to Schuylkill County researchers are the Shenandoah Evening Herald (May 1891 to December 1899) and the Pottsville Miners Journal (1836, and 1838-1870). Note that you can contact the Schuylkill County Historical Society for the Miners Journal issues outside of those dates.

Pennsylvania Vital Records at the Pennsylvania State Archives -- Act 110 - Public Records - "provide[s] for public access to certain birth and death certificates after a fixed amount of time has passed." This site has information on accessing the indices for the records on their site, or accessing the digital copies of certificates via Ancestry. Access to these records in Ancestry is free for Pennsylvania residents if you use the link on this page. Note that the records are limited to 105 years after the date of birth (starting in 1906, the first year state-wide records were kept) and 50 years after the date of death (starting in 1906). 

Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Civil War -- regimental rosters, divided by company; primarily Schuylkill County regiments and companies, but other Pennsylvania counties are listed and more are being added.

Record of Pennsylvania Volunteers in the Spanish-American War 1898 -- indexed genealogy source with a list of Pennsylvania volunteer infantry, cavalry, and artillery.

Report of the case of the Commonwealth vs. John Kehoe et al., members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, commonly known as "Molly Maguires." Indicted in the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace, for Schuylkill County, Penna., for an aggravated assault and battery with intent to kill Wm. M. Thomas. With the testimony and arguments of counsel in full, stenographically reported by R. A. West. (1876) Part of the digitalLibrary at Villanova University; click on "Online access" link at the bottom of the record. Another copy is available from the Hagley Digital Archives

Report on the Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902 -- Interesting more for historical than genealogical reasons. There are several copies are available at this link from the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps -- Identify the print maps by year for communities in Schuylkill County and the rest of Pennsylvania, available in the Library of Congress Geography and Map Reading Room; some are also available online.  Maps for some parts of Schuylkill County can be found online in the Penn State University Libraries collection.  (Thanks for the tip, Justin! If anyone else has found another source for Sanborn maps for Schuylkill County, please let us know!)

Schuylkill County Courthouse Archives -- The  Marriage Record Index is a searchable database and will give you the book number and approximate time period for each marriage (some will have an exact date).  Search by male or female last name. 

**Schuylkill County Ethnic Traditions -- In 2004, folklorists Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline visited Schuylkill County and gathered oral histories about ethnic traditions in Schuylkill County. The idea was to identify the traditions that could be used to attract tourists and was part of a larger county tourism project. Transcripts and recordings of those oral histories were deposited at the Pottsville Library and are now available online from Berea College. Traditions represented include those of Germany, England, Wales, Ireland, Italy, Poland, The Ukraine, Lithuania, the Carpatho-Rusyn region, Pakistan, India, other parts of Asia, and Latin America. The summary of the project can be downloaded from Schuylkill River Greenways, "Come to the Old Country" (PDF file).

Schuylkill County PAGenWeb -- part of the USGenWeb project, this is a HUGE collection of genealogy resources and links; a great place to start! Includes online books (many of which are listed below), cemetery listings, etc. 

Schuylkill County Pennsylvania: Genealogy -- Family History -- Biography J. H. Beers, 1916. "Containing historical sketches of old families and of representative and prominent citizens past and present." (From title page) Volume 1 and Volume 2 are both fulltext online, contributed to the HathiTrust by the University of Wisconsin.

Schuylkill County Volunteer Census Project -- federal Census data transcribed from the original microfilms and put onto the internet by volunteers in a text format. Note that not all years are available, nor are all townships and boroughs.  Links to Pennsylvania, US, and international census records, both free and for-fee, are also available at the Census Online website.

Schuylkill Haven Funeral Home Obituary Cards -- From the LSD genealogy site "FamilySearch" gives you access to digital copies of obituary card records from the Ebling & Stabingas Funeral Home in Schuylkill Haven, covering 1914-2007.

Social Security Death Index -- a good place to check for a date of death for anyone who had a Social Security card (from the LDS FamilySearch site)

** Souvenir History of the Pottsville High School Centennial -- by Daniel H. H. Lengel, published in 1953. Digitized by the Pottsville Library using equipment loaned by the State Library of Pennsylvania.

US Census Records -- The LDS family research wiki provides a table listing all of the US Census records available online for each year of the census, including indicating which are paid subscriptions and which are free.

War Years Index -- everyname index of the publication, listed on this page under "Pottsville Republican"; index entries also correspond with newspaper dates, page numbers and column numbers.  Copies of articles from The War Years publication or the newspaper may be requested from the Reference Dept.

 

Online Church and Cemetery Records -- The following are links to cemetery and church records we have found on other sites for this county.  If you know of additional resources for free church or cemetery records online, please let us know! 
Schuylkill County's Cemeteries - large collection of cemetery records for the county.   Kehillath Israel Hebrew Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights; includes photos of stones.  Compiled by Ian Singer. Port Carbon Cemeteries - tombstone inscriptions from six cemeteries in the borough, including an index. Compiled by Mark Major.
Schuylkill County's Churches - registers and records from some of the churches in the county Schuylkill Memorial Park - Schuylkill Haven; select "Search Burials" from menu on left side of screen.   

Cressona Cemetery -- This cemetery list has been compiled and donated by Francis Otterbein, and is in alphabetical order by last name. See the map for a layout of the sections.  NOTE: This listing is in Word 2003 to preserve Mr. Otterbein's formatting. It is possible online document viewers may not be able to display the tables.

Friedens Church at the Little Schuylkill, New Ringgold -- published 1898, this gives a history of the congregation. Contributed to the HathiTrust by New York Public Library.

Shenandoah Cemeteries -- These cemetery listings have been compiled and donated by Andy Ulicny of Shenandoah.  All cemeteries are located in Shenandoah Heights.  NOTE: These listings are in Word 2003 to preserve Mr. Ulicny's formatting.  It is possible online document viewers may not be able to display the tables.
All Shenandoah Catholic Cemeteries Annunciation BVM (Irish/early Roman Catholic) Holy Ghost Polish National Cemetery
Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Cemetery Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Italian) New St. Casimir's Polish Cemetery
Old St. Casimir's Polish Cemetery St. Michael's Ukrainian Greek Catholic St. Stanislaus Polish Cemetery
St. Stephen's Slovak Roman Catholic    

Books

All of these titles mention the more prominent people involved in the history and development of Schuylkill County and/or the city of Pottsville, and several of them include biographical sketches of varying lengths. (Yes, many of these were also listed in the "Online Resources" section above.) Family histories are listed at the end of the book section.

Click on a hyperlinked title to view the index for that title.  Copy request guidelines can be found at the top of each index page and in our Services section, below, if a title is not available online. Note that some indexes may be very large; use the "Find" feature on your internet browser to jump to the name you seek.

Our book collection includes the following:

Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania Samuel T. Wiley and Henry W. Ruoff, eds., 1893. "Comprising a historical sketch of the county... together with about five hundred and fifty biographical sketches of the prominent men and leading citizens of the county." (From title page) Indexed.  Warning: the index for this title is very large. Available fulltext online.

Biographical Notes of Pine Grove, Pa., 1841-1916 Capt. J. W. Barr, compiler, 1916.  This book discusses some of the people living in the Pine Grove area, sometimes giving a fair amount of genealogical information (and sometimes not!).  Indexed (people only). We will send only the pages we think are genealogically significant unless you instruct us otherwise. Available full text online.

Blue Book of Schuylkill County Pottsville Republican, 1916. History of early settlers of eastern Pennsylvania, particularly prominent regional families and Schuylkill County-area soldiers in various wars; and the Zerbey family line; indexed.  Available full text online.

County Atlas of Schuylkill, Pennsylvania F. W. Beers & Co., 1875. Includes maps of county, townships, boroughs, and villages; as well as illustrations of prominent people and buildings. Additional version of the 1875 atlas can be found on the Ancestor Tracks site.

Historical Society of Schuylkill County Publications Historical Society of Schuylkill County, 1907-1965. Various papers presented to the Society; Volumes 1-9 indexed.  (updated to include most of volumes 7-9; people only, no businesses or communities in the online index)  Note that these papers do not always provide much biographical information about individuals.  Sometimes it will only give those who were present at a meeting, or who was on a particular board.  We will send only the pages we think are genealogically significant unless you instruct us otherwise. Some volumes of this title are available fulltext online (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4).

History of Northampton, Lehigh, Monroe, Carbon, and Schuylkill Counties Israel D. Rupp, 1845. "Containing a brief history of the first settlers, topography of townships, notices of leading events, incidents, and interesting facts in the early history of these counties; with an appendix, containing matters of deep interest." (From title page) Indexed.  Available fulltext online.

History of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania W. W. Munsell, 1881. "With illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers." (From title page) Indexed.  Available fulltext online.

History of Schuylkill County Pennsylvania Adolph W. Schalck; State Historical Society (Madison, WI), 1907. "Including a genealogical and biographical record of many families and persons in the county." (From title page) Indexed.  Volume 2 of this book is available on Google Books (where you'll find most of the genealogical information).  Click here to access this title for free from Google Books.

Our Local Veterans, Our Heroes Pine Grove/Tremont Area Veterans Committee, 2004-2010.  (Books One - Eight.) This series compiles newspaper articles and obituaries, discharge notices, and other official resources that give information about people from that geographical area who served in the military.  Records go back to include some Revolutionary War soldiers but most are from the 1900s. Index includes every name from the region (officials not from Schuylkill County were not included in this index).  

Pennsylvania Births: Carbon, Monroe, Schuylkill Counties John T. Humphrey, 2006.  This book has birth records for Schuylkill County from 1755-1825.  Records list the date of birth or baptism, names of father and mother (when recorded), and the name of the church.  For Schuylkill County, records are included from the following churches:  Zion Lutheran ("Old Red", Orwigsburg); "Hetzel's" Lutheran, Pine Grove Twp.; St. Paul's Lutheran and Reformed ("Summer Hill"), Mannheim Twp.; St. John's Lutheran and Reformed, Friedensburg; St. Jacob's Lutheran, Pine Grove Twp.; St. Paul's Lutheran and Reformed ("White"), Ringtown; St. Peter's Lutheran and Reformed, Pine Grove; St. John's Lutheran and Reformed, Tamaqua; Frieden's Lutheran and Reformed, Branch Twp.; Frieden's Lutheran and Reformed, New Ringgold; and Zion Reformed, West Brunswick Twp.  This book is not indexed, but within each county entries are alphabetical by last name and look-ups may be requested.

Reports of the Inspectors of Mines The Pottsville Free Public Library has a large collection of mine inspectorsí reports, going back to 1869, primarily for the anthracite region.  Reports for 1869-1920 contain names of those killed or injured in mining accidents.  Most of these reports cannot be photocopied due to their age.  (Note:  We have purchased reports on microfilm, covering the years 1896-1899 and 1901-1910, and these reports can be copied.)  Many of these reports are also now available online; see Pennsylvania Annual Reports on Mining Activities.

Schuylkill County Historic Gleanings Sarah Ann McCool; Shenandoah Weekly Herald, 1874-1875. Newspaper column giving an extensive history of the county, but not much genealogical/family information. Indexed. A transcription was made in 2011 by Pottsville Library staff; note that while the index gives a page number, this corresponds to the chapter number (example: Abbott, James - p37 would be found in Chapter 37). The scrapbook copy in the library's collection is in bad condition and may not be photocopied.

Schuylkill County Pennsylvania: Genealogy -- Family History -- Biography  J. H. Beers, 1916. "Containing historical sketches of old families and of representative and prominent citizens past and present." (From title page) Indexed.  Volume 1 and Volume 2 of this title are available fulltext online.


The Pottsville Free Public Library owns many other books on the history of this area, most of which cannot be photocopied or sent out through interlibrary loan due to their fragile condition. These materials are listed in our library catalog and may be used in the Reference Department. You can check the Pottsville Free Public Library's catalog by going to our Catalog page and following the directions there.

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Other Resources

Census

The Pottsville Free Public Library has United States Census records from 1800 through 1940 for the Schuylkill County area. These records have been indexed by place name (boroughs, townships, etc.).  We also have surname indexes for census records from 1790-1850.

While we do not have the original 1890 census records on microfilm, we do own two other resources which may be of interest:

Census microfilms cannot be borrowed from the Pottsville Free Public Library. If you are unable to visit Pottsville, you do not have access to any genealogy sites like Ancestry.com, or you cannot go to one of the National Archives regional branches, you may want to contact your local public library and ask about borrowing census microfilm reels through the Census Microfilm Rental Program. The Pottsville Free Public Library's Reference Librarians can assist in identifying the reel numbers for different communities in Schuylkill County.

Confused about where a village is?  Check out this list that has almost every borough and village in Schuylkill County with their township.  Did we miss something?  Email us and tell us what needs to be added or changed.

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City Directories

The Pottsville Free Public Library has Pottsville-area city directories from 1860 to the present year, with a few small gaps in holdings. From 1860 to 1928 the directories cover most of the businesses in Schuylkill County. From 1928 to 1960 the directories cover only Pottsville and the immediate surrounding communities, both businesses and residents. From 1961 to the present, the directories cover Pottsville, the immediate surrounding communities, and a few other nearby boroughs.

The directories that list people by address (criss-cross directories) were published from 1939 to the present. Telephone number criss-cross listings were published from 1938 to the present.

Directories from 1860 to 1963 are on microfilm; directories from 1964 to the present are in bound volumes.  

Newspapers

We recommend using the online version of the Pottsville Republican newspaper if you are able to do so. You can find it at republicanherald.newspapers.com, part of Ancestry's Newspapers service. Most issues should be available. We will continue to search for obituaries in the microfilm per service guidelines below, but please be aware our response time is now likely to be more than a month (or six) rather than a couple of weeks.

The Pottsville Free Public Library has the Pottsville Republican newspaper on microfilm, from October 1884 to the present.  

The Republican Deaths file contains names from the comprehensive indexing project (Oct. 1884-1894), an obituaries-only project (1950-1987), a more recent obits project (2008-2013), names found as we answered genealogy requests, and dates of death from genealogy researchers.  (Thank you Cheryl, Dean, Diane, Gary, Jay, Joanne, and Karen!)  Note that the project dates given do not guarantee that we have every name that was published during those years; in fact, we're pretty certain we've missed a lot despite our best efforts.  But believing that a partial index is better than no index, we've made available what's been indentified so far.  These are names that appeared in news articles, obituaries, funeral notices, or inquest reports.  Entries marked "hard to read" mean the article may not copy clearly.

Requests for copies of obituaries from this index may be sent to the Reference Dept. via email or mail.  Any other obituary or article requests MUST include an exact date; months or years will not be searched. See "Fees" below for costs.

The file is in .doc format so your browser may prompt you to download the document. Use the "find" command to jump to the name you seek. Printing out the entire list is NOT recommended:  the list includes more than 200,000 names and is almost 2,000 pages long.  

For those who cannot open Microsoft Word files, we also provide a text file version that should open within your web browser. 

One of our local researchers has pointed out some lists of death dates that are elsewhere on the web.  Bernie Bernatonis compiled several lists of deaths from the Pottsville Republican newspaper covering various years. The lists he has compiled (1914, 1915, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926) are on the Schuylkill County USGenWeb page (under "Pottsville Republican").

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The Pottsville Free Public Library has the Shenandoah Evening Herald newspaper on microfilm, May 23, 1891 - Dec. 1980.  Two segments did not get microfilmed:  July - December 1906 and October - December 1961.  (These volumes were missing when the filming project took place.) Some issues of this newspaper are available for free from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Archive.

So far we have identified over 3000 names and their dates and pages in the newspaper.  The Shenandoah Evening Herald Deaths file contains names found as we answered genealogy requests and some names provided by genealogy researchers.  (Thank you Janet, Joanne and Diane!)  Thanks to Mary who spent several days indexing the early issues!  Any other obituary or article requests MUST include an exact date; months or years will not be searched.

The page is in text format, so use the "Find" feature of your internet browser to jump to the name you want.  

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The Ashland Daily News is on microfilm at the Pottsville Free Public Library.  We have issues from Jan. 2, 1926 - Dec. 30, 1950.  

So far we have identified a few names and their dates and pages in the newspaper.  The Ashland Daily News Deaths file contains names found as we answered genealogy requests and many names provided by genealogy researchers.  (Thank you Joanne and Diane!)  Any other obituary or article requests MUST include an exact date; months or years will not be searched.

 

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Services

** BUDGET CUTS FROM STATE, COUNTY, AND LOCAL SOURCES MEAN THAT THE POTTSVILLE LIBRARY HAD TO CUT STAFF AND HOURS.**

The only requests we will answer are those for specific pages from specific genealogy books in our collection, identified from indexes either on our web site or other genealogy web sites, and newspaper articles/obituary notices if the exact date of death is given (year, month and day).  We cannot do any indepth family research.  

We can:

If you do not have the exact date of an event, and there are no indexes for that time period, we will not search the newspaper for the obituary, birth notice, etc.  We do not have volunteers doing the research and copying; all responses are made by professional library staff.  Requests for services beyond what we can provide will be returned, with referrals to places that might be able to help you.

Please note that the Pottsville Free Public Library does not own any birth, death, cemetery, church, immigration, marriage, or naturalization records other than those listed above.

FEES: There is a $10 minimum fee on all requests from outside of Schuylkill County. This covers up to 5 pages copied and up to 15 minutes of staff time. This minimum fee applies regardless of how we send you the copy or copies. Beyond that minimum:

The fees are the same for requests from outside of the United States.  However, all checks must be drawn from U.S. banks (sorry, checks from Canadian banks and international money orders cannot be accepted), and all payments must be in U.S. dollars.

You can contact us for local history or genealogy assistance via the following ways:

Email: potref@pottsvillelibrary.org

U.S. Mail: Pottsville Free Public Library, Attn: Reference Department, 215 West Market Street, Pottsville, PA 17901-4304.

If you send us a request by letter, please note that you should not include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  SASEs are not used by us as there are often too many pages to fit into the small envelope.  So, rather than waste a stamp we ask that you only send your request and your mailing address.

Brief requests for specific information (such as obituaries or exact page numbers from local history books) may be given to us by telephone.  The telephone number is 570-622-8880, ext 11 for Reference.  If your request is lengthy, we may ask you to send us the information by mail or email.

Our turn-around time for sending you a reply may be fairly lengthy; please be patient with us. All requests will be answered in the order in which they were received.

Unfortunately, we simply do not have the staff time to do any in-depth or lengthy searching. Individuals are encouraged to visit the Pottsville Free Public Library to do their own research. Reference staff are available to assist people with the genealogy and local history materials in the library.

The Pottsville Free Public Library is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

We are closed during the major holidays (Christmas, Memorial Day, etc.); please feel free to email or call us (570-622-8880 ext 11) to ask if we will be open when you are planning to visit. Library closings for weather or holidays are announced on our Facebook page.

Local Historical Societies

If you are unable to visit Pottsville yourself for in-depth research, you can contact the Schuylkill County Historical Society. The Society is located at 305 North Centre Street, Pottsville, PA 17901; telephone number (570) 622-7540; or email sch.hist@comcast.net. Among the various materials at the Society are old newspapers, church and cemetery records, photographs, and other local resources. Please note the Society must charge a research fee in order to provide their services. They also have a gift shop which carries books by local authors.

Other local historical societies and regional genealogy groups:

    Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society -- coverage includes Ashland, Girardville, Gordon, and Lavelle.  Address:  316-318 Centre Street, Ashland, PA  17936; telephone 570-875-2632. Find current events on their Facebook page.

    Cressona Historical Society -- Address:  76 Pottsville St., Cressona, PA  17929.

    Frackville Area Historical Society -- Address:  123 N 2nd St, Frackville, PA  17931; telephone 570-874-1579.

    Girardville Historical Society -- telephone 570-590-5572. Find current posts on their Facebook page.

    Mahanoy Area Historical Society -- this society covers the area for the Mahanoy Area School District, which includes Mahanoy City and Mahanoy Township, Gilberton, Maizeville, St. Nicholas, Wiggans, Delano, Barnesville, Park Place, and so forth.  Address:  1-7 W. Centre Street, Mahanoy City, PA  17948; telephone 570-773-1295. Find current events or contact them on their Facebook page.

    Minersville Area Historical Society -- coverage includes Minersville, Branch Twp, Cass Twp, Foster Twp, and Reilly Twp.  Address:  100-102 S. Third Street, Minersville, PA  17954.

    Northern Berks and Southern Schuylkill Historical Society -- Port Clinton, PA; telephone 610-562-3749 or 610-562-9383.

    Orwigsburg Historical Society -- coverage includes Orwigsburg, Deer Lake, Pinedale, McKeansburg, New Ringgold, and Auburn.  Address:  109 E. Mifflin Street, Orwigsburg, PA  17961; telephone 570-617-7809. Find current events on their Facebook page.

    Pinegrove Historical Society -- Visit them at the Hikes Homestead, 205 N. Tulpehocken Street, Pine Grove, PA  17963; telephone 570-345-0157. Find current events or contact them on their Facebook page.

    Saint Clair Community and Historical Society -- a fairly new group, organized after the borough's 150th anniversary celebration in 2000. Find current events or contact them on their Facebook page.

    Schuylkill Haven Area Historical Society -- dedicated to preserving the history of Schuylkill Haven and vicinity. Telephone 570-640-9397. Find current events or contact them on their Facebook page.

    Schuylkill Historical Fire Society -- the society is located in Shenandoah, and offers free tours of its museum.  Address:  105 South Jardin Street, Shenandoah, PA  17976; telephone 570-462-4400. Find current events or contact them on their Facebook page.

    Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society -- Covers Shenandoah and its surrounding patches including Brownsville, Lost Creek, Lost Creek #2, Raven Run, Shenandoah Heights, Turkey Run, and Upper and Lower William Penn.  Address: 201 South Main Street, Shenandoah, PA  17976.  Find current events or contact them on their Facebook page.

    Tamaqua Historical Society -- 118 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, PA  18252; telephone 610-597-6722. Find current events or contact them on their Facebook page.

 
 

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