HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
A website for free online access to the history and genealogy of
Carbon County, Pennsylvania
Carbon Co. Pa. is located in the eastern part of the state, about half way between the cities of Allentown and Wilkes Barre. It was one of the birthplaces of the industrial revolution in America; its rich deposits of anthracite coal sparked that revolution and are still fueling American industry today.
Updated July 4, 2015
Previously updated in the spring of 2013, I had big plans for adding things to the website at that time. Unfortunately, life has a way of interfering with the plans we make (to paraphrase John Lennon ). The site hasn’t been completely static since 2013, small additions, corrections and updates have been made, especially with the cemetery records. Hopefully, I’ll get more things online in the days, weeks and months to come.
Recent additions to the site:
· The Mauch Chunk Chronicles: Original stories of local history
Formed in 1843 from Northampton and Monroe Co., Carbon at that time consisted of the townships of
Ø East Penn
Ø Penn Forest
Ø Mauch Chunk
There were no incorporated boroughs in the county at that time. The townships of Kidder, Packer, Lower Towamensing and Lehigh were formed after the creation of the county.
A good place to start in understanding Carbon County
A brief guide to when they were created
Besides the maps, the site includes the list of property owners and their addresses.
Some Irish, German, English, Welsh & Scottish immigrants
From the research of Charlotte Ronemus
Many cemeteries in Carbon County are fully recorded and online. Also, several partial listings of burials from other cemeteries are included.
Ø The First Presbyterian Church of Lansford – Original Trustees & Charter Members
Marriage records from 1860 to 1925 now online with more records to come
Baptisms from 1860 to 1925
Ministers from 1830 to 1920
This site has been around for a while at different URLs. I don’t know who did all the work of transcribing this, but it is a wonderful resource for the early families of lower Carbon County.
Some original biographies, covering people who haven’t been covered before.
Some original historical tales of old Mauch Chunk and Carbon County (coming soon)
The histories of the boroughs and townships, plus biographies of prominent people and other chapters on Carbon County history are now completed and online. Some chapters and biographies on Lehigh County have also been added. Many thanks to those who have helped with the transcription!
Marriage and obit extracts taken from the first 23 years of Mauch Chunk newspapers, starting with mid 1829 up to and including 1850.
Following the flood, a fight to keep the new bridges free of tolls. Meetings held in Mauch Chunk and Towamensing Twps., a list of over 100 leading citizens.
This 1845 “History of Northampton, Lehigh, Monroe, Carbon & Schuylkill Counties” has a long list of subscribers from the various counties. This is a list of those subscribers from Carbon County.
A list of those who voted in the 1836 Presidential Election
Letters home from local soldiers
Definitely one of the “Crown Jewels” of Carbon County,
Tony Bennyhoff’s great site covering church records, tax records, and, best of all, his transcriptions of Lehighton’s Carbon Advocate newspaper
Three important sites for census research, these are transcribed from the actual census pages. That means they are in text files, and download very fast (no waiting for images of the census page). They are also completely indexed!
For partial census transcriptions and info
Planning genealogical or historical research in Carbon County? The Dimmick Library is the place to visit! Resources include a complete collection of Carbon Federal censuses (1790 to 1930), plus a nearly complete set of Mauch Chunk newspapers on microfilm from 1829 to the present and The Valley Gazette (a local monthly paper devoted to the area’s history). In addition to this microfilm collection, there are many books pertaining to Carbon Co. History, plus a cheerful and helpful staff of experts!
Dalice Fadden’s site, one of the busiest places on the Internet. New info posted daily, includes biographies, obits, marriages and cemetery info.
The Society’s web page has been remodeled and improved. Besides having some additional information pertaining to area history, you can find out what is happening at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, the society’s main venue
For visitors to learn more on the history and culture of early Mauch Chunk and the industrial improvements of the area, the best place to visit is
Here is a site with photos and a history of this historic borough.
Information on this old time “suburb” of Mauch Chunk, this village was founded shortly afterward Mauch Chunk and was inhabited for close to 80 years.
Panther Valley Coal miners among your family ancestry? Take a look at this site devoted to the mines at Lansford
One of the prime sources for doing genealogical research involves the complicated and time-consuming job of sending for Pa. State Death Certificates. It used to be a difficult process getting access to them, but through Tim’s tireless work, the certificates are now available online! But that wsa only the beginning, the work goes on, see what’s happening at
Here are three sites where you can post queries about Carbon County.
A site full of local information and plenty of links.
The society promotes Summit Hill’s important place as one of the cradles of the Industrial Revolution in America. Join now!
Lee Mantz put this site together, which includes numerous photos Summit Hill and of the Switchback Railroad. Lee was an author and dedicated local historian, past president of the Summit Hill Historical Society. Tragically, he died in an accident while pursuing one of his passions – photography.
America’s first significant railroad and later our first roller coaster ride, the Switchback Gravity Railroad ran in a figure-8 over 18 miles and was a major tourist attraction for over a century. Many early Chunkers were employed on the Switchback, used it for transportation, and rode it just for the sheer thrill of the ride. Visit our site for information on preserving and protecting this important part of American Heritage. Members needed!
The following sites cover present day articles and events in Jim Thorpe and Carbon County, including places to go, things to see, restaurants, local government, schools, etc.:
Read articles covering a wide range of topics relating to Carbon County on this website
These sites provide up to date information on the town formerly known as Mauch Chunk. Check these sites for information on events, lodging, restaurants, local news and people, street maps and more!
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