Public, Society Benefit

Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania Inc

  • Peckville, PA
  • http::/www.grsnp.org/

Mission Statement

GRSNP works to enhance and improve the genealogical research climate in northeastern Pennsylvania by providing research availability to the general public. Our on-going project to preserve the records of our stalwart ancestors serves our goal of providing the most complete, accurate and easiest to search  information in northeast Pennsylvania for researchers world-wide.

Main Programs

  1. Genealogical Workshop
  2. Climbing your Family Tree
  3. Is there a Prince or Pauper in your family tree?

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Service Areas

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International

We serve genealogical researchers all over the world who are seeking family historical information in the six counties of northeast Pennsylvania.: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and  Monroe counties.We preserve, index and make available all extracted information of everyone who lived, wed, worked or died in this six-county area of Pennsylvania.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2013

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Mr. Joseph James Bryer

Keywords

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Family Research..Genealogy..Northeast Pennsylvania..Lackawanna, Luzerne, Wayne, Susquehanna, Pike, Monroe counties.

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EIN

23-2849950

 Number

4235691527

Physical Address

1100 Main Street

Peckville, PA 18452 2003

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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GRSNP is a one-stop central repository for people researching northeast Pennsylvania ancestors. Our staff provides on-hand help and eases the newcomer into the thrill of genealogical research.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Genealogical Workshop

Introduce beginners to the basics of genealogical research. How to compile a family group sheet and pedigree chart including tips on searching the web.
Participants engage in on-hands use of microfilm machines and computers.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Other Minorities

Budget

$100.00

Program 2

Climbing your Family Tree

Middle school and high school students discover their heritage through a hands-on search scheme lead by members of the genealogical society.
A three night program.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$100.00

Program 3

Is there a Prince or Pauper in your family tree?

An open and free seminar exploring the possibilities of a prince or a pauper lurking in each of our family trees. Participants researched those elusive stalwart northeastern Pennsylvania ancestors with the goal of locating
previously unknown family lore. This three night program is worth repeating.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$100.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. To digitally preserve the history of those stalwart ancestors who lived, married, worked, or died in the six-county area of Pennsylvania which we serve (Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne.).
    2. To provide a location (Research Center) where these records may be accessed and utilized by interested parties.
    3. To staff our Research Center with volunteers who assist interested parties in person and via telephone and Internet.
    4. To maintain and increase our holdings in print and digital format
    5. To increase our hours of service to the public
    6. To become a completely digital Research Center
    7. To maintain and increase our membership and donor base.
    8. To improve the physical environment of our Research center for the comfort of our staff and volunteers and the preservation of our holdings.
    9. To pay off the mortgage on our Research Center.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Continue to collect print and digital information relative to ancestry in our service area.
    2. Maintain a presence in the local community
    3. Increase our accessibility and presence on social media
    4. Continue to recruit volunteers who are willing to learn or have the abilities to collect, organize, research,and maintain our holdings and to share our treasury of information with all interested parties
    5. Properly insulate our Research Center
    6. Improve our fund-raising and grantsmanship skills
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    1. Dedicated volunteer staff with complementary abilities
    2. Committed Board of Directors
    3. Interested and supportive members
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. On January 15, 2015, the Society marked its twentieth anniversary of international service to people interested in discovering their roots.
    2. We have maintained a positive cash flow.
    3. We receive at least one inquiry per day via in-person visit and/or telephone or Internet.
    4. In the interest of accountability and our goal to become completely digital, we continue to digitally scan our paid bills from our beginnings to date.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    1. Physically, our Society has progressed from our founder's kitchen table and computer to a functional adaptable building with a substantial component of necessary electronic equipment.
    2. Local sponsors annually support our souvenir calendar featuring local landmarks, at least some of which have been re-purposed.
    3. In addition to public and personal records, at least three local churches and cemeteries have allowed us to digitize their valuable (and sometimes deteriorating) records.
    4. Annually we host local residents who are highly knowledgeable in area ancestry study and history.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We serve genealogical researchers all over the world who are seeking family historical information in the six counties of northeast Pennsylvania.: Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and  Monroe counties.We preserve, index and make available all extracted information of everyone who lived, wed, worked or died in this six-county area of Pennsylvania.

Funding Needs

1) Funds are needed to replace the roof..it leaks. 2) Funds are needed to put in an air recirculation fan to get the warm air to the floor during winter and take it out of the building during the summer.3) Funds are needed for a ledger scanner that does not require cracking the spine of the ledger (which is damaging to the very old ledgers!)

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Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania Inc

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Principal Officer

Mr. Joseph James Bryer

BIO

Thirty plus years experience of genealogical research.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are more than a little excited with our growth. As one of those four who sat at his kitchen table in 1995, Joe Bryer can reflect upon the trials, the struggles, the pleasure derived from overcoming these challenges and the thrill of seeing our society fulfill our original mission to serve the genealogical community with no thought of fame, profit or personal gain. This credo has always been professed and enjoyed by our all-volunteer staff."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Joseph James Bryer

Union Cemetery Association

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

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