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Re: elizabeth sweeney born near hazleton in 1872
Posted by: Robert Shive (ID *****7483) Date: January 29, 2012 at 12:35:54
In Reply to: elizabeth sweeney born near hazleton in 1872 by ed mccarren of 54560

I'd echo the thoughts of the guy above. It's sooo much easier with birth dates; especially when you're dealing with fairly common names.

"Near Hazleton" is pretty broad. It includes multiple counties, multiple small towns, and multiple churches. I'm sure you already know this, but part of your objective is to narrow this field.

I found a John and Margaret Sweeney in North Manheim in Schuylkill County for the 1880 Census (p. 130). They have a daughter Elizabeth (age 7) and multiple other children. He lists Ireland as his brthplace and she lists Pennsylvania; it appears that they were married about 1867. These may be the guys you're looking for -- names that showed up on the census were not always what people used in day-to-day living.

The Catholic dioceses that cover the general coal area in which Hazleton is located are Scranton, Allentown, and Harrisburg. The Harrisburg diocese (includes Schuylkill Co., I think) has an archivist. Any requests for church records have to go through her. Ideally, you should know the area or name of the parish to minimize the expensive time she has to spend. Scranton and Allentown you can write to the individual parish. The Allentown diocese not too long ago had an extensive reorganization. So some of the coal country parishes may have been consolidaated.

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