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Freeland's past/present Roman Catholic churches' records have been digitized by NEPGS!
Well, here is exciting news!
The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (NEPGS) in partnership with the Diocese of Scranton is digitizing parish records in eleven Pennsylvania counties, including Luzerne.
The project, which began in May 2016, reached a milestone in January 2017 with 100 parishes completed.Freeland's Roman Catholic parish records are all digitized, including: Immaculate Conception/Freeland Catholic Community, Immaculate Conception Church - Eckley, St. Ann Church in both Woodside and Freeland, St. Anthony Church, St. Casimir Church and St. John Nepomucene Church.
Located at the caretakerís house inside the historic Hanover Green cemetery in Luzerne County, NEPGS is an all-volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization and is open to the public.
Address: 689 Main Road, Hanover Township, PA 18706.
When you visit the society, volunteer staff can answer questions about the use of the Digital Collections.
For those who are unable to visit in-person, research services are available at reasonable rates.
Note for visitors: Non-members are required to pay a
$10.00 day-use fee prior to admission. All members/patrons are required
to sign the NEPGS Library Policy. Cameras and flash drives are
Membership: Member benefits include a discount on research services. An Individual membership is $30/year.
Please check out www.nepgs.com for the latest information.
Newest site updatesSeptember 11, 2017
Photos of the 1950 annual fall fashion show and appliance show were posted on the home page, as well as a group of views around town from 1966. Corrected information about the church building that was later owned by the Beth Shalom Congregation was posted. Joe Berta was identified in the 1963 photo of factory workers, currently posted on the most recent past featured photos page. Fairchild's pool was added to the Recreation page. Centennial comforter was added to the Buildings page. The Nocchi's page was updated. Pages were made for the FHS classes of 1932 and 1948, and the MMI class of 1924. A class photo was added to Silvio Mason's page, and a photo of the 1932 St. Ann's senior class was added to the page of student group photos. A correction was made to the caption for the photo of Michael Potochney and St. Mary's Band. A photo and information were added to the St. Ann's Cemetery page. Two photos of the MMI board from 1902 and 1903 and another postcard of FHS were added to the school pictures page. Three photos from Mr. Deitos were added to the Pearl Jubilee page. Memories of the "Hill School" were added to the Schools page. Updates were made to the Sports, Basketball and Football pages, and a new page for the Y was begun. The missing part of an article by George Dreisbach about the North Basin was added to the Upper Lehigh page. A short history of the 109th Field Artillery, Third Penna. Field Artillery, 1879-1917 was added to the Military page.
June 4, 2017
Silvio Mason's 1931-1939 scrapbook was posted on the home page and added to the People section. A new photo of John Remak at his bar was added to the page on restaurants, bars, etc. A 1967 article on the North Basin by George Dreisbach was added to the Upper Lehigh page.
April 2, 2017 updates:
More additions made to the various 20th century Businesses section, especially garages and some images added to the garages, grocery stores pages.
April 1, 2017 updates:
Six group photos of workers from Freeland Manufacturing Co. and Freeland Shirt Co. were added as Featured Photos on the home page. The Site Map (link at top of every page) has been updated to make it easier to get an overview of what's here. And, Ed Merrick has contributed many updates of names and busineses from the 1940 Federal Census for the 20th-century Businesses section.
February 27 and March 2, 2017 updates:
Added corrections to Ed Merrick's A portrait of Freeland in 1940; they're listed at the top of the page. Ed has now also added a few paragraphs at the end to provide a conclusion to the piece. Check it out!
February 26, 2017 update:
Added link from Charlie Gallagher to mining maps at Penn State to the Maps page.
Added A portrait of Freeland in 1940 from Ed Merrick, linked from the People page.
February 23, 2017 update:
Joan Vanderlick Chisholm has added some identifications of some of the people in the Lithuanian Peoples Choir photo on the home page.
February 19, 2017 updates:
Added to the home page, two photos from Tom Yaruso: Lithuanian Peoples Choir 1926 and a Lithuanian wedding, late 1920s, both photographed in the basement of St. Anthony's Church. The featured photos from last month have been added to the more recent of the two pages of previous featured photos.
February 5, 2017 updates:
Added to the Military page: MMI Memorial dedication 1947 (on that page) and Upper Lehigh Honor Roll.
Added to the gallery of Freeland area school images: many new images!
Added to the gallery of student class photos: many new images!
Photos of the Upper Lehigh school and one of the coal strippings were added to the Upper Lehigh page.
A link to a good source for Pennsylvania maps was added to the Maps page.
A number of new links to online resources were added to the Links page.
Previous (relatively recent) updates:
Freeland High School class of 1941
memorabilia, linked from the Schools section
Photos from the time of Rev. Basil
Macknik, first pastor of Sts. Peter & Paul's Eastern Greek
St. Ann School Guild cookbook,
1960s, linked from the Church, People and Ethnic groups sections
A new Military page, linked
from the People section of the site - photos of the old Freeland
Vicinity Honor Roll memorial and Sts. Peter & Paul's Eastern Greek
Catholic Church WWII memorial added
Additions to the Mines page: a 1910
Miner's Certificate, and reminiscences from Diane Unangst
A new page for Kuklis' Cafe,
linked from the Business section
A PDF of a booklet about the American Legion Bugle Corps,
published in 1930 and contributed by Charlie Gallagher, now posted on
the Military page.
Freeland Tribune 1889-1903 now online.There are now about 14 years' worth of Freeland Tribune newspapers (1889-1903) available online at the Library of Congress Chronicling America site. This represents 3 of the 14 reels of microfilm that were made from 35 years' worth of early Freeland newspapers owned by MMI Preparatory School. The microfilm for all of them is available for consultation at the Hazleton Area Public Library, and now part of it is also accessible online. Yay! Many thanks to the Hazleton Area Public Library, MMI Preparatory School, Penn State, and to all of those who contributed funds and those who have been otherwise involved in making this project a reality.
Thesis about Ralph Pecora's Tailor Shop
All of our featured photos have been wonderful, and this month we've got something extra special. Emily Pecora has recently completed a Masters Thesis about the tailoring business of Ralph Pecora, Sr., which stood on Freeland's Centre Street from the early 1900s until Ralph's death in 1959. While the thesis will be of particular interest to those who knew Ralph or other members of the Pecora family, it should have a larger appeal to all Freelanders and ex-Freelanders. It can be downloaded in full here (see below).
Emily is the great granddaughter of Ralph Pecora, Sr. and the
granddaughter of Amelia Pecora. She welcomes comments or corrections
and is particularly interested in any additional reminisces or
information about Ralph and his family. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clicking these links will open Adobe PDF files of Emily's thesis. If you don't have Adobe Reader on your computer you can download it for free at www.adobe.com.
Here are links to three pages containing previously posted photos and information from the Featured Photos section of the home page: earliest postings, more recent ones, and the most recent ones. They are credited to the sources. Some of these have also been integrated into other parts of the site, while others are still waiting for that. Meanwhile, these past Featured Photos are always available via these links.