World Archives Project: Pennsylvania, Coal Employment Records, 1900-1960

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About this project The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company (LCNC) was formed in 1820 by a merger of the Lehigh Coal Company and the Lehigh Navigation Company. Operations of the company included navigation improvements on the Lehigh River and railway and canal construction, as well as exploitation of the Lehigh anthracite fields. The Lehigh Navigation Coal Company was formed in 1930, essentially as a holding company for the LCNC and other companies. The company went out of business in 1965.

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Project Instructions
The records in this collection contain information regarding employees of The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company. Images are on preprinted forms, the majority of which are typed and therefore easily transcribed. The handful of records that have been handwritten appear in most cases to be easily deciphered. This collection contains a wealth of information for the genealogist with fields that establish an individuals birth, residence, number and age of children, employment history and more.

Many of the records will contain a social security number. Due to the sensitive nature of this information we ask that you keep it confidential and not share screen shots containing the number on the wiki or the message boards.

Project-specific sample images and form field help:
Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Record
Microfilm
Cover page, Section header, etc.
Image with no data

Record

PennCoalEmployment Record 1.JPG

Choose the "Record" form type when an image contains information regarding an employee.

Additional Image Samples


Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Surname

Key the surname as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Name may be found next to the word "Name."

Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods. Name may be found next to the word "Name."

Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr," "Mr," or "Mrs," of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Only prefix values should be keyed into the prefix field.

Residence Place

Key the residence place as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Separate any geographical locations with a comma. Ex: Summit Hill, Pennsylvania. Residence place may be found near the word "Address." Do not key street addresses.

Record Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the record date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Record date may be found near the words "Date of Record" or "Date Started."

On images with "Employee Record" at the top of the form, the record date will need to be pulled from the "Date From" column. On these images, key only the last employment date that appears in date from column. Date will be in month-day-year format.

Record Day

Key the day from the record date as seen on the record. Record date may be found near the words "Date of Record" or "Date Started."

On images with "Employee Record" at the top of the form, the record date will need to be pulled from the "Date From" column. On these images, key only the last employment date that appears in date from column. Date will be in month-day-year format.

Record Year

Key the year from the record date as seen on the record. Record date may be found near the words "Date of Record," "Date Started" or "Date." Two digit years should be expanded. All years should fall between 1900-1960.

On images with "Employee Record" at the top of the form, the record date will need to be pulled from the "Date From" column. On these images, key only the last employment date that appears in date from column. Date will be in month-day-year format.

Birth Month

Key the month as an abbreviation from the birth date using the dictionary provided for assistance. Birth date may be found near the words "Date of Birth." Date will be in month-day-year format.

Birth Day

Key the day from the birth date as seen on the record. Birth date may be found near the words "Date of Birth." Date will be in month-day-year format.

Birth Year

Key the year from the birth date as seen on the record. Birth date may be found near the words "Date of Birth." Date will be in month-day-year format.

Nationality

Key the nationality as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Nationality may be found near the word "Nationality."

Marital Status

Key the marital status as seen using the dictionary provided for assistance. Marital Status may be found near the words "Single Married Widower," or below the words "Marital and Sex" directly underneath the word "Marital." On some images, the words "Single," "Married" and "Widower" will have their own boxes and the correct marital status will be indicated by an "x" or tick mark.

Occupation

Key the occupation as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Occupation may be found near or under the word "Occupation." If there are multiple occupations listed, key the occupation associated with the last employment date.

Gender

Key the Sex or Gender into the Gender field from the column labeled Sex or Gender.

Mother Given

When present, key the first name or initial and any middle names of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods.

Mother Surname

When present, key the surname of the mother of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Father Given

When present, key the first name or initial and any middle names of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods.

Father Surname

When present, key the surname of the father of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Spouse Given

Key the first name or initial and any middle names of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance. Initials should be keyed with a space between them and without entering periods.

Spouse Surname

Key the surname of the spouse of the primary person as seen on the record using the dictionary provided for assistance.

Keying Image Samples



Microfilm

PennCoalEmployment Microfilm 1.JPG

If an image is a microfilm title board as defined in the project instructions, choose the 'Microfilm' form type whether or not information is being keyed from the image. If there are any questions submit a query to the Vendor Manager.

Cover page, Section header, etc.

PennCoalEmployment Capture 1.JPG

Use the “Cover page, Section header, etc” type for images that don’t contain any data, but might be interesting to look at because they provide some type of context for the image set. For instance, historical notes, affidavits, and so forth.

Additional Image Samples



Image with no data

PennCoalEmployment Blank 1.JPG

Use the “Image with no data” type for images that don’t contain any data or any useful context that might be interesting for someone to look at. For instance, an image containing only the blank background or an image with a microfilm target on it.