Forty Fort Meeting House
and Cemetery

Local Historical Organizations:

West Pittston Historical Society: The West Pittston Historical Society was formed in the summer of 2001 when a group of borough residents gathered for the purpose of creating an organization to raise awareness of the historical assets of West Pittston and to preserve them for future generations.

Greater Pittston Historical Society: Our mission is to discover, collect, study, organize, preserve and display the history of Greater Pittston and to make that history available to the general public, public schools, researchers and historians.

Luzerne County Historical Society: The mission of the Luzerne County Historical Society is to preserve and promote the collective history and heritage of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Wyoming Valley History: Wyoming Valley, PA local history 1675-1975. Stories of people, places, and events of the Wyoming Valley have deep roots, but new information is being continually uncovered.


Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania - Peckville: Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc. (GRSNP) offers a range of services that can help you in researching your ancestral background.

Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society – Hanover Green Cemetery:Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society mission is to encourage and promote the accurate recording and preservation of family data, vital statistics and history pertaining to both direct ancestors and to others related to or otherwise associated with a specific family line and inter-related families, to provide instruction in methods of obtaining such information, and to install an appreciation of how ancestors' lives intertwined with local and national history.

Osterhout Free Library - Genealogy: A variety of genealogy resources are available including Newspaper Holdings, Luzerne County Census, City Directories and a Local History Collection. Library staff can search for obituaries in archived local newspapers only when provided with an exact date of death: month, date, and year.

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Records: (via Accesss Geneology) Access Genealogy has been online since 1999. What started out as a small 50 page website has evolved over the years to one of the leading websites in providing free genealogy. (fee – free trial period) 

Luzerne County Almanac Look Ups: Provided by (fee based)

Family Search: A service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Pennsylvania Death Certificate Index: Pennsylvania Department of Health Public Records, Death Indices

Ellis Island: On April 17, 2001 the Foundation launched the American Family Immigration History Center® (AFIHC), on Ellis Island and the World Wide Web, which makes the 25 million arrival records and over 900 ships of passage pictures in the Ellis Island Archives available to everyone.

Castle Garden Castle: is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Anthracite Mine Accidents: Records of the Department of Mines and Mineral Industries.  Registers of mine accidents for the anthracite districts, 1899-1972 {series #45.14} & registers of mine accidents for the bituminous districts, 1899-1972 {series #45.15}.

Luzerne County Genealogy Trails: Luzerne County Genealogy Trails currently provides a local obituary Index from 1930 to mid-1936.

Luzerne County Genealogy: List of more Genealogy Links


Resources On-Line

Sunday Independent 1913 – 1958
Pittston Gazette 1850 -1907

Genealogy Bank (fee – free trial period)


Cemetery Information

Find a Grave

Luzerne County Services

Register of Wills
Recorder of Deeds : Located at the Courthouse Annex across from the Courthouse - 200 North River Street,  Wilkes-Barre
Naturalization Records
– Prothonotary’s Office in the main Courthouse



West Pittston High School Yearbooks - 1924-1926-1927-1928-1929-1930-1931-1951-1952-1953-1954-1955-1956-1957-1959-1960-1961-1962-1963-1964-1965
Sanborn Map Books of Pittston & West Pittston - 1887-1888-1890-1892-1894-1896
Pittston/West Pittston City Directories - 1887-1888-1890-1892-1894-1896