Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Newspaper Archives (1811 - 1922)

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Was your ancestor one of the many immigrants to came to Wilkes-Barre for work? Did they attend the historic game and see Babe? What was their daily life like? Discover the unknown stories of your ancestors using our database of Wilkes-Barre newspapers from 1822-1922. 

Browse full publications from across the city including these titles, Gleaner, Wilkes-Barre Leader, Wilkes-Barre Times, and more. These old Wilkes-Barre newspapers can help you trace your family history and learn about the people behind the names. In addition, search Wilkes-Barre newspaper obituaries to learn interesting stories of your ancestors.

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Known for one of the most successful coal mining industries in the United States and the location of one of Babe Ruth’s longest home runs, the city of Wilkes-Barre as a rich history. 


History of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Founded in 1769, the city of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was a prosperous mining town that had a strong, global appeal. During the 19th century, this area gained a surge of immigrants once anthracite coal had been discovered. In fact, this industry became so large that the city was nicknamed “the Diamond City”. Immigrants from all over traveled to Wilkes-Barre in hopes of working in one of the many collieries or mines.

The railroad industry became another successful industry for Wilkes-Barre. By the 20th century, this city had gained national recognition for being a leading economic force in the United States. The state’s prosperity within the manufacturing industry enticed many corporations to declare Wilkes-Barre as their main headquarters, which continued to strengthen the city’s economy.

With such a rich history captured in Wilkes-Barre, PA newspapers, it’s up to you to trace your family history. Start with just a name or date, to open a whole world of information regarding your heritage.

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