Anthracite Genealogy Services

Kate S. Gibbons, Genealogist


Providing genealogical research in the historic Pennsylvania anthracite coal region: specializing in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Schuylkill Counties, including the cities of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and over 150 towns and boroughs. The region and its people drove America's Industrial Revolution, as tens of thousands of its laborers once mined the world's largest deposits of anthracite "hard" coal. 


Discover our ancestors who arrived as immigrants and built Northeastern Pennsylvania's industries, businesses and community institutions. They contributed immensely to the social and economic development of an entire nation.

Anthracite Genealogy Services can help discover their stories.

Research and Consulting Services:

  • Northeastern Pennsylvania genealogical research: simple document searches or in-depth research

  • Genealogy research and consultations for other areas of Pennsylvania and the U.S.

  • House and property historical research

  • Historical research of industrial and commercial properties and businesses

  • Family history publication and photo restoration

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Workshops & Presentations

    Lithuanian Heritage Day, Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton. Presentation/display/Public Q&A. August 2, 2009.

    Genealogy Day 2008, Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg, PA. September 20, 2008. Workshop on Polish and Eastern European Research.

    For more information and to register online: click here: PA State Library Genealogy Day

The 1877 Knight Shaft Exeter Mine Disaster. Presentation by authors Bob Wolensky, PhD., Univ. of Wisconsin; and Bill Hastie, January 20, 2008.

Event Coordinator: Kate Gibbons, Exeter Historical Society Board Member.

An American Homecoming Exhibit. Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, Scranton, July 2007, Kate Gibbons, Board Member & Event Chairperson.

    Genealogy Research with September 19, 2007, Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit, PA.

    Beginning Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree for Ages 9-12. August 2007. Three sessions, Lackawanna County Children's Library, Scranton, PA.

    Heritage Quest Database Training for Luzerne County Library System Staff. July 17 & 18, 2007.  Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

    Heritage Quest Free Training, April 19th, 2007, Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre, PA,

    Researching Your Family History With Genealogy Databases. February 21, 2007, Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit, PA.

    Exhibit: Exeter, PA In History. November 12, 2006, exhibit development and design and event publicity, Exeter Historical Society, Exeter, PA.

    More On Researching Your Family History, October 24, 2006, Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit, PA. 

    Did Your Ancestor Work in the Coal Mines? October 7th, 2006. Family History Conference, Scranton Stake Family History Center, Clarks Summit, PA. 

    Commemoration of the July 3, 1778 Battle of Wyoming. July 16, 2006, program & publicity, Exeter Community Historical Society, Exeter, PA.

    Researching Your Family History, June 14, 2006. Abington Community Library, Clarks Summit, PA.


Kate Gibbons, B.A., M.S., Anthracite Genealogy Services, P.O. Box 4322 Wyoming, PA 18644-0322

Member, Association of Professional Genealogists

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

Polish Genealogical Society of America

Federation of East European Family History Societies (FEEFHS)

JewishGen Online, Inc.

Pennsylvania State Library Researchers List


and others

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