Church Records from the Diocese of Scranton PA

Church Records from the Diocese of Scranton PA

Star Lakavage
Star Lakavage

August 12th, 2017, 6:06 pm #1

I've been trying to track down the records from the St Joseph's Lithuanian Catholic Church on Thackery St in Scranton, PA and the cemetery associated with the church. I was able to contact the director of the Catholic cemeteries for the diocese and he directed me to Mary Mother of God parish in Scranton. St Joseph's was closed sometime in the past few years. The records were transferred to Mary Mother of God.

The parish secretary, Ms Colleen Pollock, directed me to the Northeast PA Genealogical Society. They are now the home of the records for the churches in the Scranton Diocese. The records have all been scanned in as JPGs but are not available on line. You can contact the society for help in accessing the records. Here's the note I received from Ms Pollock:

"Recently most of the parishes in the Diocese had all their records digitized by NEPGS (Northeast PA Genealogical Society, Inc.)"

Their website is nepgs.com

I haven't made a request or checked into making requests. There is a fee involved unless you are a member of the group.

Hope this helps someone!
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Star Lakavage
Star Lakavage

December 22nd, 2017, 7:39 pm #2

A few weeks ago I completed the research request form for the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (website nepgs.com). The form allowed a lot of additional input that might help with my search request-variations of name spellings, addresses. I popped in my check for $50 and within 4-5 weeks I received an email with some information I was not able to find on line.

NEPGS scanned in all the church records for the Diocese of Scranton, PA. The diocese comprises Lackawanna, Luzerne, Bradford, Susquehanna, Wayne, Tioga, Sullivan, Wyoming, Lycoming, Pike, and Monroe counties, all in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. Their website can provide details on years available and policies on releasing information.

I'd like to say I hit the jackpot and I guess in someways I did but... I was able to establish the correct spelling of the person's name that I was researching as long as every life event was recorded at the St Joseph's Lithuanian Catholic Church in Scranton. Anything outside of that is someone's interpretation of the name. I received a jpg of death dates, baptismal and birth dates and a marriage record. The person assisting me was helpful in that he recommended checking with local papers for obits for any info on a burial location which we have yet to find for my grandfather.

So, if you're stumped, you might email these people. Might be just the help you're looking for!

Hope all are enjoying a wonderful Christmas season! Getting out my kugel pan this weekend!

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