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Which Douglas line are you researching? Dates and places help making connections.
Father George born 1903/Grandfather John
Who is your earliest known Douglas ancestor?
John Douglas
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Coalminer/Lucerne County PA/Wilks-Barre

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At 18:46 on May 18, 2016, William Douglas said…

A link to Lithuania:

Near Wilkes Barre is Pittston. St. Casimir's lithuanian (catholic) church is there and they have a large cemetery.
St. Casimir (1889) 301 Delaney St W-B, PA 18702 (717) 825-2598, also
St. Francis of Assisi (1913) Merged with Blessed Sacrament W-B, Blessed Sacrament 213 E. Main St. W-B, PA 18705, (717) 822-3791

Naturalization records for the State of Pennsylvania for the Middle District of PA (Harrisburg, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, etc.).

At 17:06 on May 18, 2016, William Douglas said…
At 20:15 on May 16, 2016, William Douglas said…

A E.A. Douglas was a railroad engineer in the area. He built the railroad from White Haven to Wilkesbarre amongst other projects.

At 17:39 on May 16, 2016, Laura Douglas said…
Thank you for the interesting info re: Polish ancestry. My Mom was all Polish. But he told Mom his parents were born in Lithunia. Maybe there was a name change..So I guess my next step would be to try and find the coal mining co. he was employed at in Wilks-Barre PA. My Dad also said he was made to work in the coal mine when he was in third sad! A trip to Wilks-Barre in is my immediate future.I'm new to this research so it's a bit awkward learning the terms..but I'm a quick learner(: Laura
At 16:51 on May 16, 2016, William Douglas said…

A friend has just supplied this information:

The opening of the Susquehanna Coal Company, first colliery operating in Nanticoke, coincided with the arrival of five Polish families in 1869.The company's records for that year show three seemingly Polish names; Daniel Boniewicz, Edward and Joseph Ronsa (Rzasa). It is difficult to ascertain authentic and complete statistics of Polish mine workers from 1870 to 1890, because the names were garbled dreadfully. Louis Hajdukiewicz was listed as Louis Douglass, John Sosnowski as John Poland, Julian Pezynski as Julian Pease and Adalbert Wegrzynowicz became George Wintergreen, to quote a few; others were recorded by their Christian names with the pseudonym Friday or Monday attached to them. The surname depended on the day the workers with the unpronounceable names began work. The next year brought new workers in the persons of Joseph Krutski and John Retalik; the third year the number was increased by Andrew Kroski, John Karczewski, Joseph Graczewski, Paul Zachaniasz, John Tutaj, Joseph Dryer, Wilhelm Friday, John Framinski, and John Janus. By 1872 there were over one hundred Poles in Nanticoke.

Is your family of Polish origin, not Lithuanian?

At 9:35 on May 16, 2016, William Douglas said…

Welcome to our group, Laura.

I have just added a blog about an explosion in Oliver Mills in Wlkes-Barre which may have links to your family. Otherwise, I have not yet located anything about the Douglases in that area.

Yours aye,



Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?

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