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genealogyThe Genealogy and Local History Center, located in the Information Services Department at Main Library, maintains an extensive collection of genealogical and historical material. Our collection emphasizes the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana areas, but we also collect genealogical material from other locations.

While the librarians do not perform in-depth research services in-house or for remote patrons, they do assist patrons in the use of basic genealogical sources, including special files, indexes, census microfilm, databases, etc. Only minimal searching of the catalog, local biographical sources and indexes to the major local histories will be done by the staff.

For patrons who call, write or email us, we are able to check the following sources:

  • Henry R. Baldwin Records, an index of Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania cemetery inscriptions dated 1867-1918. (We will check the name indexes.)
  • Indexes of local history books.
  • Youngstown City Directories from 1869 to the present. (We will check three volumes per request.)
  • Youngstown Telephone Directories from 1915 to the present. (We will check three volumes per request.)
  • Youngstown Vindicator indexes: 1869-1919 (incomplete); 1921-1930; 1933-1938; 2001-present.
  • Obituary and birth announcement research is limited for pre-1920 newspapers. Searching the microfilm for these items before 1920 involves time-consuming research outside the parameters of our service policy unless an indexing source can be used. We set a limit of five obituaries, death notices or birth announcements per request and we will check no more than five days from a known birth or death date.

Volunteers from the local genealogical society are available on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. at Main Library. Patrons requiring more extensive research, advice, or instruction may be referred to local genealogical organizations and researchers. For more extensive research, contact:

Vital Records
Mahoning County was formed in 1846 by combining Austintown, Berlin, Boardman, Canfield, Coitsville, Ellsworth, Jackson, Milton, Poland and Youngstown townships from Trumbull County, and Beaver, Green, Goshen, Smith and Springfield townships from Columbiana County.

For vital records contact information, select from a county below:

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Ohio Public Library Information Network's (OPLIN) website for the Electronic Resources that it offers to Ohioans. For some databases you'll use your zip code, for others your library card number, to access the Resource Databases. For a list of shorcut URLs to these databases click here

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Local History Resources