Genealogical and Historical Research Services and Fees


As you begin your genealogy search, you join millions of Americans seeking to learn about the journey that once brought their ancestors to the United States.  

Today we can access a wide variety of information about immigration, geography, culture, ethnic history, and more through the internet.  However, genealogy is still a time-intensive process, and most genealogical information is available only through research of source materials not available on the internet.  I have extensive experience with hands-on research in various facilities located in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Schuylkill Counties in the Northeastern region of Pennsylvania. 

1.  Genealogy Research Options:

2.  House/Property Research: Although a U.S. President may not have spent a night at your family's home, tracing the history of a home at least 75 years old can provide a fascinating insight into the people who lived there. You may discover that in 1860 the property was once part of a large dairy farm, or that in 1886 your Northeastern PA home was a boardinghouse for immigrant coal miners. House histories can be helpful to apply for local historic registries.  Fees begin at $150.00. Also offered: comprehensive research of industrial and commercial properties; information here.

3.  Publication of Family History Reports: You can have the completed research organized in a bound family history publication.  This can include a family tree chart, digital photographs of locations relevant to your family, your vintage photographs scanned and digitally restored, copies of historic documents, a web site, and more.  Fees upon request.

4.  Digital Restoration of Vintage Photographs:  If you have torn and faded vintage photos of your family, many can be vastly improved by digital restoration.  Fees upon request.

5.  Other Services: Please contact me for further details of your specific needs.

***Please submit the initial inquiry form found here.***

*Complete information on payment and policies will be reviewed with the client and specified in a research services agreement, detailing the scope of research, payment deposit, and other charges (mileage, photocopies) as applicable. This is completed and returned prior to beginning research. All fees may be paid by check or money order via mail or paid securely via credit or debit card online via PayPal.  Anthracite Genealogy adheres to the highest ethical standards in all research and services.  There is no guarantee of specific results or information upon conducting research.

Researcher Kate Gibbons, B.A., M.S.: Prior to doing professional genealogy for clients, my genealogy interest began more than 14 years ago as I utilized my background in history to research my ancestors who came to the United States from Poland and Ireland. They labored as coal miners, textile workers, tailors, shoemakers, and homemakers, and in the 19th and 20th centuries, came from both urban areas and rural villages to make their lives in the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valleys of Pennsylvania. Their remains now lie in humble marked and unmarked graves, while those of us who are their descendants live our lives today because of their determination and struggle.

I have a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in human resource administration, and have conducted varied genealogical and community history research in regional and state libraries, historical societies, public records and government facilities and archives. Memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists, Luzerne County Historical Society, Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates (Secretary, Board of Directors), Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Polish Genealogical Society of America, Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies, JewishGen Online, Inc., Luzerne County Historical Society, and others.

My knowledge of U.S. ethnic and labor history and European history and immigration patterns brings a historical context to ancestral research. Specific skills are: regional history research, research methodology and record usage, critical evaluation and interpretation of data, preparation of clear and detailed reports, computer skills, and basic skill in researching Polish and Russian language sources.  Professional work experience has included: director of a volunteer-based community organization; and program manager for a non-profit agency. Presentations and workshop topics at libraries and organizations include various aspects of ethnic and political history, introductory and intermediate genealogy, anthracite coal mining history, and past and present immigration.

Anthracite Genealogy Services   P.O. Box 4322   Wyoming, PA  18644-0322

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