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Carbon has joined in on the quest to document our ancestors migrations. I would like to start a seperate page showcasing the migration patterns of our Carbon ancestors. Please send your Carbon County Ancestors migration pattern to me

Wanted our Revolutionary War units/individuals!! If you have information on our Carbon Revolutionary War units/individuals
please e-mail me

Wanted our Civil War units. If you have information on our Carbon Civil War units
please e-mail me
Barbara Lavin
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Carbon County, Pennsylvania

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Carbon County was formed from: Northampton MonroeCounties in 1843.

Neighboring counties are: Monroe Northampton Lehigh Schuylkill Luzerne Counties.

Hi,my name is Barbara Lavin, and I am your county hostess/coordinator. I took this site over from Adam Roberts on May 14th,1999. Hopefully you'll see new and exciting things. Please bookmark this site as things could change regularly. I hope you enjoy your visit and please come again.

Carbon county Information
County seat: Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk)

Having problems locating your Carbon Ancestor??

Many of our ancestors migrated to another county - generally one close by. Please try searching in the following neighboring counties..
Berks County maintained by Judy Parsons
Schuylkill County maintained by Barb Lavin

We need your town histories!!! Please help us get them all- we don't want any left out. All our Carbon towns and boroughs are important. We need more on all of them - let's make this the best site it can be. To help, e-mail me let me know which town you want to do and I'll add you to the list of angels.

Thanks !!! Remember this is YOUR site
Barbara Lavin.

Useful Carbon County addresses:

Carbon County Courthouse
4 Broadway Lock Box# 129
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-0129

Mauch Chunk Historical Society
14 West Broadway
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-1932

Mauch Chunk Museum
Cultural Center
41 West Broadway
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

Carbon County Libraries

Dimmick Memorial Library
54 Broadway
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-2022
Need directions??

Lehighton Memorial Library
124 North Street
Lehighton, PA 18235

Palmerton Library
402 Delaware Avenue
Palmerton, PA 18071

Weatherly Area Community Library
20 Carbon Street
Weatherly, PA 18255

Some Cemetery Addresses
St. John's Cemetery
Rt. 902, Mahoning Twp
(570) 386-4334

Gnaden Huetten Cemetery

Lehighton Cemetery
4th and Alum Streets

Lookup Volunteers:

You are cordially invited to sign up to be a Carbon County Volunteer. We could not possibly have enough wonderful people who are willing to help others to find Carbon County ancestors. We would love to have your help.

Willing to help? What do you do?

You may have an old history book with an index and be willing to check to see if someone's ancestor is listed. You might have Tax Lists, Census Records, Courthouse Records, Death Records. Someone needs your information.

An alternative to lookups...Indices:

Would you be interested in typing an index from any one of the old Carbon County history books? This would be a once and done, permanent help to all of us doing\ research.

or cemetery records

If you want to help and don't want to type or don't have the time, but you have taken the time to ask your pastor for his church records - marriage, death, baptisms and cemetery. We would love to have you contact us - I have volunteers waiting to help !! E-mail me and I'll forward you the proper postal address Barbara Lavin

If you would like to volunteer to make this page better, we sure could use the help! Please e-mail Barb Lavin

Help wanted ~~ Immigrants Ship Transcribers Guild
To do some of the volunteer work, you don't have to reside in the area. For some of the projects, the coordinators will snail-mail you the records to be transcribed, along with instructions. Or you could provide services for a project involving records that exist in your area.

To learn more about volunteering to transcribe passenger ships' lists for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, who then upload the list onto their site on RootsWeb for all to access -- Click Here: ISTG - FAQ

Read that entire page of questions and answers (just keep scrolling down the page). If this is something you'd be willing to help with, click on "Fill Out Application" at the bottom of that page.

New Carbon County Queries:
The new queries will be posted automatically.

The instructions are below:
    1...Place ALL SURNAMES (within your query) in CAPS.
    2...Enter your information exactly as you want it to appear.
    4...Please TURN OFF THE CAPS. It's hard to see the surnames if your whole query is in caps

Carbon Boards - please see main page
Hinkle's Board
For peole who are looking for their Hinkle Ancestor's allinclusive board

Useful County Information
The Dimmick is located in Jim Thorpe's downtown section, on Broadway. If you are coming into JT from the Lehighton direction, turn left at the traffic light and start looking for a parking place. It is up a bit from the traffic light, and sits back off the street, on the right hand side. It is a low red brick building, over 100 years old. Small yard in front with an iron fence. They also are online, the link appears on the Carbon Co. GenWeb page. If coming from far away, and only have one day or so to research at the Dimmick, it is a good idea to call ahead and reserve time on the m-film viewers. Last time I was there, both viewers were taken.
~~Thanks Jack!!

If you live near enough to Carbon Co. to visit, the Dimmick Library has all censuses up to 1920 on m-film. If you don't live near, check your local library. If they have a m-film reader, you can have them order the census films at a very reasonable cost. If there is an LDS Archive near you, they also can get the census films
~~Thanks Jack!!

Coalrain and Beaver Meadow are two seperate towns. There was an area between the towns that was called Beaver Meadow Mines. Coalrain is still there, but is now called Junedale.

If anyone out there is seeking info from a particular time period & wants to look at the Miners Journal, almost all public libraries can request this newspaper available on microfilm through interlibrary loan.
microfilm is available at various Pa. schools including Penn State & Bloomsburg. The Library of Congress has some Miners Journal issues in bound volumes that you can access in Washington, DC.
contributed by Barbara Bensinger Welsh

Where was that town???
Parryville, Carbon Co. ..........
In 1780 it was under Towemensing Twp. now Franklin
Thanks Ruth Adams

Where is that division?
The "division" of Lausanne would mean the township. At the time of the 1850 & 60 census, it included all of present day Lehigh & Lausanne Twps., plus the boro of Weatherly. Weatherly incorporated in 1863. In 1850 and probably 60 he was apparently in Penn Haven, living in the hotel run by the Conners in 1850. Penn Haven was located along the upper Lehigh River, about 15 miles from the county border with Schuylkill.
~~Thanks Jack!!

Info on birth certificates
there were regulations concerning birth registration passed at various times, however, up until around WWII, many people ignored these regulations, especially those who gave birth at home.
So, if you don't find any birth record for an ancestor born before the 1930s, you can assume that there may not be a record. In these cases, if you don't have other evidence of birth (SS, death certificate, census, etc), you need to try church records.

German Card for Genealogical Research
The Sacramento German Genealogy Society issued the "German Card for Genealogical Research", plastic, folds into 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 in.,includes German script, symbols, terms, soundex and more. SGGS, P.O. Box 66061, Sacrament, CA 95866-0061. Useful and portable. Present Price unknown

Trying to Decifyer that German Writting
"The "f" in the middle of the word almost certainly should be an "s" in the Gothic script that was once commonly used in German texts. The "s" at the end of a word takes the form of the "s" that you are more accustomed to seeing, but in the middle of a word the form of the "s" looks more like an "f" without the right side of the mark that crosses the letter horizontally."

Since this time, I've also found the f/s use in handwritten documents. I haven't yet determined any rhyme or reason to when or where it might appear, but it's out there. Hope this was of some help.

For example why was "s" sometimes written like an "f"?
There used to by a company which sold old time fonts (type faces) from the civil war era and German Fraktur faces. The company was Walden Font and the collection of type faces was called The Gutenberg Press. There was a history of the type faces on their site.

Need to find a map?
Bureau of Archives and History
P.O. Box 1026
Harrisburg, PA 17108
sells warrantee twp maps which show the original land grants within present township boundaries as well as names and other information for the original warrantee and patentee.
contributed by Rene Phelan

Have a Title Abstract?
Keep in mind when dealing with an Abstract - they can contain lots of other information besides names, dates and legal descriptions. Often they contain transcriptions of Wills, Divorces, various lawsuits, etc.

If you have any additions or corrections to this list, please let me know. Send email to Barb Lavin


About the PAGenWeb / USGenWeb Project

In June, 1996, GENCAP and the USGenWeb Project helped organize the Pennsylvania Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project (PAGenWeb). The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Pennsylvania, where genealogical data about each county could be easily found. In addition, the data on all county sites would be indexed and cross-linked, so that a single search in the master index could locate all references to a given surname across all pages and databases associated with the project.

At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of data and generally oversee the contents of each web page. Contact the volunteer shown on the appropriate county page if you would like to contribute in some way to the project. Or you can send email to the PAGenWeb state coordinator at

Volunteers are still needed! If you are interested in hosting a PAGenWeb County, read the Requirements for Home Pages Created under the PAGenWeb Project
Want to know more about PAGenWeb?
Here's a fascinating article PAGenWeb Project: Volunteers Building Pennsylvania's Online Genealogical Resources

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Barb Lavin
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This page created 19 May 1999 for the PAGenWeb / USGenWeb Project


Carbon County Links
Carbon in the Revolution

Our Scrapbook

Carbon County Mailing List
or Digest Mode

Carbon County Sites
Carbon County History and Genealogy

AOH Carbon County

Summit Hill
Maintained by Lee Mantz

Pixler/Bixler Mailing list

Palmerton, Orginal and Early Tract Owners
Maintained by Marie Robinson

Hinkle's Board

Carbon County Migration Page

Cemteries of Carbon County
maintained by Jack Sterling

The Greater Weatherly Area
Has on line records of various cemeteries in and around the Weatherly area
maintained by:
Barb Lavin and Jack Sterling

Carbon County PA in the Civil War
maintained by Nikki Roth-Skiles

Excerpts from the Evening Star
Saturday, January 27, 1945
Contributed byJean Yandrick

Times News Online - Lehighton, PA

Mary Elizabeth Neifert Richards Diaries
Maintained by Barbara Lavin

1875 Carbon County Atlas Business Notices
Maintained by Sue Bosevich

St. Matthew's
Baptisms, Marriages, Confirmations Transcribed by Maria Hydock

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Carbon Homepages

Solt Family
maintained by Bruce Solt

A Reed by many other names
Researching:Andreas and Frantz families
Maintained by:Richard Emlin Reed

Marsteller Family Research Organization

Surnames to Brag About
Maintained by Irene Diehl Konrad

Serfass/Gougher Homepage
Maintained by William Searfoss

Carbon Census Resources

1920 Census CD contains the 1920 Census Images of Lehighton Borough, Carbon County PA. The area's that are on this are all three wards of Lehighton, Mahoning Township and also Towamensing. If you are interested please email Ivana

Anthracite Resources

Projects of Coal

Coal Castles of Schuylkill County Historical Coal Mine Disasters in the Anthracite Region
January 12, 1846 to January 22, 1959

A Tribute to the Anthracite Miner

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