Researching Coal Mines

Researching Coal Mines

PostBy: OMcHodoy On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:57 pm

I am a budding genealogist with many ancestors who were coal miners in Luzerne County (Pittston and Nanticoke areas). I am always amazed at all the information I find on the internet.

I hope this is considered an "on-topic" post; if not I apolgoize. I'm trying to identify a coal breaker in a picture from my grandmother's scrapbook. I'm pondering the possibility of it being the Truesdale Mine of the D.L.&W. RR Co. Coal Division, since my grandmother's 4 brothers reportedly worked there. But the picture of this mine that I found on the web today has a major difference than the picture I have in the height of the shaft coming off the building. There seems to be other traits to the web picture that may be similar to the one in my picture.

The picture I have is on my web blog, at on the entry dated 21 Feb 2006. There is also a link in the body of this entry to the Truesdale mine. If anyone can be of assistance it sure would be appreciated! I am also researching coal mine accidents, since 3 ancestors have died in the line of duty (the accident of which I have documented evidence of was the Butler accident near Pittston in 1938 in which my great-aunt's husband was killed. The other two I am looking into were the Baltimore #5 mine in 1928 and the Loomis Mine accident of 1924, since these dates match those of the deaths as reported to me).


Re: Researching Coal Mines

PostBy: Richard S. On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:29 pm

You can try here:

There's a lot of genealogy buffs that frequent that group.
Richard S.
Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
Coal Size/Type: Buckwheat/Anthracite

PostBy: OMcHodoy On: Tue Feb 21, 2006 9:37 pm

I hadn't seen that group much information, so little time!.