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Unfortunately we are unable to provide historical information on individual miners. During the past century there were literally millions of individuals who worked in the nation's coal mines. The UMWA never kept information on individuals for archival purposes because of the time, effort and expense of maintaining such voluminous records.

The UMWA's archives are housed at Penn State University (814 863-2505), where you can learn more about the history of the UMWA and its fight to improve the working and living conditions of its members. However, it is unlikely that the archives contain information on individual miners. Those records, if they still exist, would have been kept by the coal companies that employed the miners. Some companies donated their records to state historical societies or to local universities. We are unaware of any web site that provides information on such collections. For general information on immigration and naturalization records see the Census Bureau's GENEALOGY FAQ. You also may want to visit, a web site maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church.)

To get answers regarding this and other pension related inquiries, please go to, or call the UMWA Health and Retirement Funds office nearest you:

Main Office 800-291-1425
Sumiton, AL 205-648-4500
Herrin, IL 618-985-8362
Evansville, IN 812-434-0819
Madisonville, KY 270-824-8199
Pikeville, KY 606-432-1072
Johnstown, PA 814-262-1011
Washington, PA 724-229-5402
Price, UT 435-650-4671
Castlewood, VA 276-762-0155
Beckley, WV 304-256-2601
Chapmanville, WV 304-855-3735
Fairmont, WV 304-367-1400

Please contact the UMWA office closest to you:

District 2 (PA, NY, MD, Eastern Canada)

Grindstone, PA 724-785-8692
Hazelton, PA 570-455-3621
Lucernemines, PA 724-479-8692
Glace Bay, NS 902-849-8692


District 12 (IL, IN, Western KY, MO, IA, KS, OK, AR, LA, TX)

Springfield, IL 217-546-1130
Benton, IL 618-439-7225
Madisonville, KY 270-821-2774


District 17 (Southern WV, Eastern KY, VA, TN)

Charleston, WV 304-346-0341
Beckley, WV 304-252-0611
Chapmanville, WV 304-855-2280
Pikeville, KY 606-437-7376
Castlewood, VA 276-762-5537


District 20 (AL, FL, GA, MS)

Hueytown, AL 800-291-1425


District 22 (Western U.S.)

Price, UT 435-637-2037


District 31 (Northern WV, OH)

Fairmont, WV 304-363-7500
Bridgeport, OH 740-676-4000


Western Canada 902-849-8692

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