Dear Joanna, The Mormon Church (LDS) has been steadily improving its new beta site.There are census records, state census records, state birth records, state death records, state marriage records, etc. on that site.You just type in the person's name, year of birth if you know it or can estimate it close (otherwise leave blank), a place where they lived (such as Pennsylvania) and let it search.You can search by a specific birth year, and they will give you that year and the one on each side of it (because of a math quirk that happens when you estimate a birth year based on the year of an event).You can also search by year of death or year of marriage.They don't have much on immigration records, though.
I tried typing in Hugh and Andrew and got 2 likely hits for each of them.I need more information to know which one it was.
I tried searching for Mary Clark by birth year and by death year.I didn't get anything that was unmistakably her, but I'd need more information anyway.If I knew the name of the husband, I could know which censuses to look at.The censuses list the year of birth.The 1900 census lists the month and year of birth.Genealogists love it.They also list occupation, where the person was born, where his or her parents were born, personal worth, employer sometimes, whether married or widowed or single, when married or how many years married or age at first marriage.The 1930 census also lists whether or not the family had a radio set to see if there were enough radios to make them useful during a national emergency (or a political campaign).
To find out more about the deaths and burials, you can go to the library if you live in the area where they died and search the obituaries.They're a wealth of information.They almost always say when the person died, cause of death,other family members who have died, where and when the funeral will be, when and where the burial will be, who are the surviving relatives, which surviving relatives attended the funeral and where they were from.The librarians can show you how to do it, and it will be free.If you don't live in the area, you can phone the library and ask them to search for you.Since I was in another state and my taxes didn't support that library, I had to pay $15 for an obituary search and copy.It was well worth it.I found a whole branch of my friend's family that they hadn't had any information about.
In the case of your Grandmother, since she goes back a ways, you could also contact the local historical society for Scranton.They charge a fee for searching, too.They're usually reasonable.Ask the library if their newspapers go back to 1932.If they do, you can search them for free if you live near there. Sincerely, Kate Hagel