Wayne County Resources

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Wayne County Courthouse

925 Court St.
Honesdale, PA 18431-1922
(570) 253-5970

Hours: 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Closed on Federal & State Holidays

Prothonotary has: birth and death records from 1893 to 1906;  marriage records from 1885; wills;  deeds and land records; assessment records from 1850 to 1935; orphans court records; criminal and civil cases

Registrations of births and deaths from 1893 through 1905 are available locally through the Wayne County Historical Society.  Statewide registration of births and deaths began in January 1906.  Copies are available from the Division of Vital Statistics, State Department of Health, 101 South Mercer Street, P.O. Box 1528, New Castle, PA  16103.  (724) 656-3100

Marriage licenses were recorded from 1885 forward.  The Wayne County Historical Society has a collection on microfilm that go from 1885 -1905.  The Wayne County Courthouse has them from 1885 to present.

Additionally, naturalization records are kept at both the Wayne County Historical Society and the Wayne County Courthouse.

Records about the Wyoming Valley prior to 1782 are kept in Hartford, Connecticut.

Genealogical & Historical Societies

Wayne County Historical Society

810 Main Street;  P O Box 446; Honesdale, PA  18431-1847;  570-253-3240

WCHS Website

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 1776
Shavertown, PA 18708-0776


Genealogical RESEARCH Society of Northeastern PA., Inc.

WRITE: GRSNP P.O. Box 1 Olyphant PA 18447-0001
PHONE: (570) 383-7661 {FAX}(570) 383-7466


Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

Bethany Historical Society

RR 3 Honesdale, PA 18431
(570) 253-4349


Equinunk Historical Society

PO Box 41
Equinunk, PA 18417  (570) 224-6722


Lackawanna Historical Society

232 Monroe Ave.
Scranton, PA 18510
(570) 344-3841
Fax: (570) 344-3815


Local History Association of the Tusten-Cochecton Library

Box 129, Bridge St.
Narrowsburg, NY
(845) 252-3360


Minisink Valley Historical Society

PO Box 659
Port Jervis, NY 12771
(845) 856-2375


Monroe County Historical Association

900 Main St.
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 421-7703


Palmyra, Pike/Wallenpaupack Historical Society

PO Box 345
Paupack, PA 18351-0345
(570) 857-0882


Pike County Historical Society

608 Broad St., P. O. Box 915 Milford, PA 18337-8126   (570) 296-8126


Susquehanna County Historical Society

2 Monument Square
Montrose, PA 18801


Wyoming County Historical Society

PO Box 309
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-5303

Lake Ariel Region Historical Association

PO Box 508

Lake Ariel PA 18436



Wayne County Public Library

1406 North Main St.
Honesdale, PA 18431-2006
(570) 253-1220

Hours: Tues, Wed, Thur 10 am - 8 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
LDS FamilySearch Many new PA records available free!! LDS FamilySearch


Catskill Mountain News


Searchable Archives

Wayne County Independent




 Hard bound pictorial history

(Info from 9/2003)

Published by & available from: The Wayne Independent, 220 - 8th Street, Honesdale, PA 18431  ATTN: Joe Hessling (570) 253-3055 9" x 12" 128 page book, containing pictures of Wayne Co. one room schools, students and memorabilia of the past 100 years.  $41.75 plus $ 4.50 shipping

Descendants of Gabriel Woodmancy/Woodmansee of New London, Connecticut:  Thirteen Generations from 1665

Contact Person is Janet Parker, 2115 N Denair Avenue,  Turlock, CA 95382  email:  janetpar@charter.net.  (209) 634-9473

Two Volumes, 1800 pages, Index, Bibliography, Photos; Published May 2009

This title was recently donated to the Northern Wayne Community Library, Lakewood, PA.

A History of Sterling Township, Wayne County, Pennsylvania by Rev. Garford Flavel Williams.

As of September 2003, The Historians of Sterling Township  (HOST) have done a re-print of the book "A History of Sterling Township" by Rev Garford F. Williams. Originally published in 1950, this book has lots of genealogy information in addition to historical info.

To purchase the book, contact HOST at NictraStar@gmail.com

The price is $10 plus $4 s&h.

HOST Website

It has some basic history and lots of genealogical treasures.  There are  23 surnames covered as separate chapters, some more extensively than others. There is mention of many other surnames that married into these families. The major surnames are ADAMS, BARNES, BORTREE, BUTLER, CATTERSON, CLEMENTS, CLIFF, CROSS, DOBSON, FERGUSON, GILPIN, HEAZLETON or HAZLETON, HOWE, LEE, MEGARGLE, MUSGRAVE, NEVILLE, NOBLE, PHILLIPS, SIMONS, STEVENS, WEBSTER and YATES
History of Wayne County Phineas Goodrich

Published 1880 without index; reissued 1992 with index

Based on reminiscing of people.

 Online Version

History of Wayne, Pike & Monroe Counties, Alfred Mathews

published in 1886, 1,000+ pages, limited index

 "The Nomenclature of Wayne: A History of Wayne County, PA" by Thomas J. Ham,

Thanks to the generosity of Pike County Historian George Fluhr, the Wayne County Historical Society has printed a new edition of which has been out of print for several years. This is a compilation of a series of articles published in the Honesdale Citizen in 1905-1907. Not a comprehensive history like Mathews or Goodrich, but it covers a lot of ground.

 This edition also includes an index formerly sold separately. The book is $15 in the WCHS shop plus $4.95 shipping and handling for mail orders (and 6% sales tax for PA residents).

"History of the Township of Mount Pleasant, Wayne County, Pennsylvania: A discourse delivered on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1855," by Rev. Samuel Whaley

Now available in an indexed edition

The book is $14.50 from the WCHS shop (plus $4.95 shipping and handling for mail orders (and 6% sales tax for PA residents).

Commemorative Biographical Record, Including Susquehanna, Pike, Monroe & Wayne Counties

 J. H. Beers, 1900, Chicago

Illustrated Wayne County


History of Wayne County

Walter B. Barbe & Kurt A. Reed

Published in 1998, 392 pages, indexed


Beers, 1872 land owners.


State Resources

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

Pennsylvania State Archives Office

PA Vital Records

National Resources

Cyndi's List
National Archives

U. S. Railroad Retirement Board

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