Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania has Shut Down

For close to 20 years, the Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania has occupied an old church on Main Street in Peckville. However, the building is now locked and “closed” signs cover the building. The society’s web site at https://www.grsnp.net now says, “We are no longer in business as of November 4, 2017. Scranton Public Library, and other local 501c3 organizations, have our records.”

Society officers are in the process of dissolving the non-profit organization that helped people research their family histories. The society reportedly closed because of a lack of volunteers.

Joe Bryer, a former president of the society, is quoted as saying that thousands of documents that were never digitized that now may be lost.

Details may be found in an article by Stacy Lange in the WNEP web site at: http://bit.ly/2AtxLEm.

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Genealogists, please do not confuse this now-closed society with the original Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. The NEPGS, located in Luzerne County, PA, is a thriving organization with dedicated volunteers. The NEPGS has digitized and made available the Sacramental Records of the Diocese of Scranton. This eleven county project of over three hundred parishes, churches, and chapels will be complete in time for the Diocese 150th Jubilee in March 2018. Thank you, Cole J. Kebles, President, NEPGS.

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“Joe Bryer, a former president of the society, is quoted as saying that thousands of documents that were never digitized that now may be lost.” Why not contact the LDS Church and ask them to digitize those documents? They have camera crews all over the world that would be happy to preserve the records for the future.

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