If you're a genealogist with ancestors living in the Mountain Top area (or even if you aren't) you'll enjoy the new "Mountain Top" book, part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishers.
Mountain Top is most of the area in southeastern Luzerne County between Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton, the main roads of which are state Route 309 and Interstate 81. It's primarily the townships of Fairview, Wright, Rice, Dorrance and Slocum and the borough of Nuangola.
The book offers a capsule history of the area followed by 166 pages of historic photos, all of which are heavily researched (complete with dates) and nicely captioned.
It's by Joseph Kubic, Darlene Miller-Lanning and the Mountain Top Historical Society. Kubic has authored several other books on Mountain Top history. Miller-Lanning is director of the Hope-Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton.
Priced at $21.99, it will be available starting tomorrow at local retailers, online booksellers or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.
As a genealogist, what I like about this book is precisely what I like about the other local books in the series: it offers visual images of the everyday world of many of our ancestors. You'll see the streets and homes where they lived, the schools they attended, the roads they traveled, the railroads they worked on and the churches in which they worshiped.
Don't forget to look for other books in Arcadia's local series, including Nanticoke, Scranton, the trolley cars and Wilkes-Barre postcards.
Genealogy Club News: The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society will be busier than ever next month. First, the research library in the society's headquarters at the Hanover Green Cemetery, Main Road, Hanover Township, will be open on Mondays the 10th, 17th and 24th 4 to 8 p.m. The society credits "the huge response of researchers that took advantage of our Monday night research opportunities this past summer."
The club will also open its 2012-2013 series of programs with "The Legacy of Nursing in Northeastern Pennsylvania," presented by Jessica Reeder, archivist of the Center for Nursing History of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Misericordia University. The program will highlight the contribution of nurses and the impact of nursing on the area's history. The meeting, open to the public, is in room 106 of the McGowan Building on the campus of King's College at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25.
The society's digitization effort for local records is continuing. For the latest information on available records go to the society's website www.nepgs.org and click on "records preservation." In fact, every time you go there you'll find new materials.
Correction: Several readers have pointed out that I was wrong in saying "Family Tree Magazine" is not available on newsstands. The Barnes & Noble bookstore in Wilkes-Barre Township, just off Mundy Street, carries the "bible" of genealogy. Barnes & Noble has been a friend to genealogists and historians for many years.
News Notes: The Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania has an interesting program coming up. On Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Nancy McDonald will offer "If You Can Play Scranton, You Can Play Anywhere." Though it's not generally recalled today, the coal-region towns of decades past were famed as places where stage shows of all kinds could find tough but appreciative audiences. The society's meetings take place at the Research Center, 1100 Main St., Peckville.
Call (570) 383-7661 for information on joining the group and on its many activities. A Google map is available.
Tom Mooney is a Times Leader genealogy columnist. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.