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Immigration to Scranton, PA

  • 02 July 2020 4:48 AM
    Reply # 9073467 on 9003972
    Christine in Los Angeles

    A fun thing to do is run an address in Google Earth and see what's there. Sometimes the very building where they went is still standing. Even if it's now a plumber business.

    I don't know specifically the answer to why so many immigrants used the place  mentioned that appears to be a school, but based on some other genealogy experiences, I can guess.

    Sometimes people headed to a boarding house where previous immigrants they knew went such as men from the same village . Board ers were often men who had not yet sent for their wives and children.  Some b oarding houses were family homes where working men slept in one room. It was a start. Often the owner was a widowed woman.

    They might have had someone at that address sending them mail. On the ship they were asked where they were going and having an envelope with an addr ess they could point to with a letter inside suggesting they had a place to stay and a job waiting  was a good thing. Someone at that location, officially or not, could've been helping immigrants, such as an employer, priest, or individual not related but writing as if they were.. .

    In some cities the immigrants went to a location and from there were taken to a job and company housing. Such employers sent representative to the Old Country to find workers.

    But let's say it was a school. Maybe they got there and slept on the floor at night till they got settled. Some churches allowed this, kind of like some churches allow homeless to sleep today. 

    As a suggestion, check the address on the census before and after the immigration date and you may find out what's happening there, who owns it, and also some unexpected relatives.

    I did this year's ago and three of the boarders proved to be my grandmother's half brothers. Two had  her maiden surname a surprise. My grandfather gave the address on the ship but was not there by the next census. These men all came through Ellis but they all  must have pitched in because she came through New York on a 2nd class ticket and skipped Ellis. With a baby in her arms. 

    Congratulations on the purchase of the Munhall church. I'm proud of you all!

  • 04 June 2020 12:30 AM
    Reply # 9013930 on 9003972

    thank you. I am going to check my lists and see if its mentioned if its North 

    Washington. this is helpful info. Do you have any information as to what might have been on the site before that date?

    Thanks again,


  • 02 June 2020 12:25 AM
    Reply # 9008578 on 9003972
    M. Szamreta

    The school building is 425 North Washington


  • 02 June 2020 12:10 AM
    Reply # 9008570 on 9003972
    M. Szamreta

    Don't know if this is the same address:

    From a history of Scranton: 

    Scranton School Administration building 425 Washington Ave. Designed and built by Lewis Hancosky, Jr., in 1911 in the Victorian Gothic style, this ornate structure continues to serve as the headquarters of the Scranton School District.


  • 30 May 2020 9:14 PM
    Message # 9003972

    My paternal grandfather immigrated first to Scranton then settled in Dunmore. I have a fascination with all things roots related but what really puzzles me with pouring over passenger lists is so many Rusyns putting as final destination 425 S. Washington Ave., Scranton. I even drove there and there is nothing there. I believe it was the flat lands and maybe flooded at some point. I know St, John's Byzantine Catholic church stands overlooking  it. 

     What was there and why so many Rusyns from all these different ships and different years  listed this as there final destination?        Any ideas on this?

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