Local Information

Is there information for Carbon County that you think would be helpful and it is not listed here?  If so please let me know and I will add to this list.

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.


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

Your Carbon Ancestor may have become naturalized in Philadelphia?

Sometimes we find our Carbon Ancestor may have not been naturalized in this county. Since sometimes they were naturalized after stepping foot on the boat or migrated here later it's possible they were naturalized in Philadelphia

How to find this out?
Go to the following website --
Naturalizations: Researching Philadelphia Records
which is about naturalization records at the Phila. City Archives.
Fee for copy of Naturalizations on file at Phila. City Archives (1793 to 1930): $5.00 per set of papers for each name searched.

If the naturalization occurred after 27 Sept 1906, contact the INS through Form G-639 (see the end of that web page for more details). The Immigration and Naturalization Service (I.N.S.) has duplicate records of all naturalizations that occurred after 27 Sept 1906.
Contact the I.N.S.,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden St.
Saint Albans, Vermont 05479
to send in the form.
If the naturalization took place in a Federal court, naturalization indexes, declarations of intent, and petitions will usually be in the National Archives regional records services facility serving the State in which the Federal court is located. Some of these indexes and records have been microfilmed. (source for this info: NARA: Naturalization Records )

Getting the information from the INS

The INS in Washington has files on people who were nationalized after Sept. 27, 1906. If any of your family were naturalized before Sept. 27, 1906 then those records are housed at the courthouse in the county seat where the nationalization occured.

The request is under the Freedom of information Act (FOIA), it takes about 6 months to get a return, also bring a FOIA request, you don't have to state a relationship.

The only neccessary information is Full name, Date and Place of birth (Exact or Approximate). Any other info will greatly speed the process.
Here are the instructions as of June 1997
1. check box a
2. check box b
Fill all Name of Requester, Address, City, State, Zip Code
(Ignore the signature in this section)
3. check box a
4. on the first two lines write: Declaration of Intention, Petition for Naturalization, Naturalization Certificate
on the next line write: Genealogical Research
5. Fill in any box you have information for, the more the better but only full name, date and place of birth (exact or approximate) are necessary; any other aid in the search. [for this info, with regards to names, use the name from the SSDI, this is generally the name the individual became naturalized with]
6. check box c and write BORN PRIOR TO 1897. If the individual was born after 1897 write SEE ATTACHED PAGE and include a copy of a death certificate or obituary. Lastly, sign your name and include you phone number.

Mail the form in an envelope to:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Vermont Service Center
75 Lower Welden St.
Saint Albans, Vermont 05479

You should receive a letter from the INS/FOIA acknowledging receipt, the letter will have a CO# on it that you will need if you should call.



email: Mary Ann Lubinsky

Carbon County was formed from: Northampton and Monroe Counties in 1843.
Neighboring counties are: MonroeNorthamptonLehighSchuylkill and Luzerne Counties.

County seat: Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk)

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