Genealogy Resources

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The 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. see our Genealogy Center Policies for more information »

Genealogy Book-A-Librarian – Genealogy Tutorials

• Meet face-to-face with the Genealogy and Local History Librarian
• Receive a comprehensive demonstration of available resources
• Learn about and sign up for genealogy programs

To schedule an appointment, simply call 330.744.8636 or email Tim Seman – Genealogy & Local History Librarian

Genealogy Classes & Programs

View the complete Genealogy Schedule »

 

Explore the lives of your ancestors, discover your unique heritage, and dig for treasure in your community’s hidden past.

Burials/Cemeteries | Genealogical Researchers | Genealogy Center Policies | Genealogy FAQ | Genealogy Online Resources | Immigration | Local Genealogical & Historical Organizations | Newspaper Indexes | Vital Records


Genealogy Online Resources

AfriGeneas African Ancestored Genealogy (website)
Site for African-American genealogy research and community.

Ancestry Library (ProQuest) – In Library Access Only 
The ultimate of genealogy resources, offering access to all available U.S. census images and indexes, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, military records, international records, and more.

BLM General Land Grant Office Records (website)
Search federal land titles, conveyances, and patents for Public Land states–held by the Bureau of Land Management.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet (website)
For more than a decade, this site has provided links to nearly every genealogical source there is.

FamilySearch (website)
A genealogy service provided by the LDS, coverage is international in scope, with records from all U.S. states and many countries around the world.  The microfilm rental procedures through FamilySearch are now active for Ohio.  After setting up your own free account, you will search the FamilySearch catalog, place your order and pay online, and view the film at Main Library.  Go to familysearch.org/films  Ordering microfilm has never been easier!

Fold3 (ProQuest)
Combining original historical documents with social networking to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past, this database features documents, historical newspapers, naturalization information and much more.

HeritageQuest (ProQuest)
A growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture that combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy and Local History collection.

JewishGen (website)
Provides a wide range of Jewish genealogy resources including databases, familyfinder, articles, societies, projects and discussion groups.

Mahoning County Chapter, OGS (website)
Local chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

National Archives & Record Administration – Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (website)
You will find in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) resource online access to records in a small selection of historic databases preserved permanently in NARA.

Ohio Death Certificate Index (website)
An online index to death certificates of persons who died in Ohio between 1913 and 1944.

Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records & Obituaries (website)
This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
A searchable interface for locating historical maps of communities in Ohio from 1882 through 1962.

WorldVitalRecords (My Heritage)
Search billions of family history and genealogy records and access unique, exclusive local and world collections.

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Burials/Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (website)
Search burial records and contact the Parish Cemetery Services office for further assistance.

Find a Grave (website)
Over 19 million grave records, including famous people

Interment.Net (website)
Online transcriptions of cemetery inscriptions from all corners of the world.

Poland Township Cemeteries (website)
A site provided by Poland Township that identifies Poland Center Cemetery and Lowellville Cemetery.  Burials are searchable.

Tod Homestead Cemetery Grave Search (website)
This searchable index for locating burials is offered by Tod Homestead Cemetery, 2200 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown.

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Immigration

CastleGarden.org (website)
Free access to a database of over 10 million immigrants from 1830-1892.

Ellis Island Online (website)
Research passenger records from ships that brought immigrants to Ellis Island from 1892 through 1924.

U.S. Ports of Arrival and Their Available Passenger Lists 1820-1957 (website)
While not comprehensive, this is an extensive list of links to ports and passenger lists organized by states, and includes crossings from Canada and Mexico.

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Newspaper Indexes – Deaths, Marriages, Obituaries

Akron Beacon Journal Obituary Indices (website)
Obituary indices from 1937 to present, citations only, are made available by the staff of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Contact that library to obtain copies.

Alliance Review (website)
Search here for Alliance obituary, marriage and newspaper articles, brought to you by the Rodman Public Library.

Cleveland Death Notices, Obituaries, and Death Certificates (website)
Find here links to locate death notices or obituaries from 1830 to the present.

Hubbard Obituary Listing (website)
Search here for obituaries located in local Hubbard newspapers.

New Castle Marriage/Obituary Database (website)
Search here for marriage notices and obituaries in the New Castle News.

Niles Newspapers (website)
Full-text, searchable access to Niles newspapers from 1908-2011.

Obituary, Death and Marriage Index for Ohio Counties (website)
Growing index to 800,000+ obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other information published in newspapers in 36 Ohio counties. Information is submitted by libraries from across Ohio and is maintained by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

Salem News Obituary Index (website)
Search here for obituaries in the Salem News from 1943 onward.

Warren Tribune Chronicle Obituary Index (website)
Static as well as searchable indices for selected years are provided by the Local History & Genealogy Department at Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.

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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:

Mahoning

Columbiana

Trumbull

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Local Genealogical & Historical Organizations

Austintown Historical Society
3797 S Raccoon Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44515
(330) 792-1129
Contact: Joyce Pogany
Beaver Township Historical Society
(located in former South Range High School)
11836 South Ave.
North Lima, OH 44452
(330) 549-9552
Contact: Scott Conway
Berlin Center Historical Society
15791 W Akron-Canfield Rd.
Berlin Center, OH 44401
(330) 547-2929
Boardman Historical Society
P.O. Box 3134
Youngstown, OH 44513
(330) 758-4702
Contact: Don Zabel
Campbell Historical Society
211 Struthers Liberty Rd.
Campbell, OH 44405
(330) 755-4496
Contact: Florence Galida
Canfield Fairground Western Reserve Village
P.O. Box 250
Canfield, OH 44406
(330) 533-4107
Canfield Historical Society
PO Box 3
Canfield, OH  44406
(330) 533-3458
Idora Park Institute
527 Oak Ridge Dr.
Youngstown, OH 44512
(330) 726-8277
Contact: Richard Scarsella
Lake Milton Historical Society
P.O. Box 592
Lake Milton, OH  44429
Lanterman’s Mill
980 Canfield Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44511
(330) 740-7115
Loghurst Historical Log Home
P.O. Box 680
3967 Boardman-Canfield Rd
Canfield, OH 44406
(330) 533-4330
McGuffey Historical Society
P.O. Box 9561
Youngstown, OH 44512
(330) 726-8277
Contact: Richard Scarsella
Mahoning County Chapter of the
Ohio Genealogical Society
PO Box 9333
Youngstown, OH 44513
Mahoning Valley Historical Society 
Arms Family Museum
648 Wick Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44502
(330) 743-2589
Mahoning Valley Historical Society
Tyler History Center
325 West Federal St.
Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 743-2589
North Jackson Historical Society
P.O. Box 104
North Jackson, OH  44451
(330) 654-2777
Poland Township Historical Society
2894 Algonquin Dr.
Youngstown, OH  44514
(330) 707-0692
Contact: Joan Madej
Sebring Historical Society
P.O. Box 127
Sebring, OH  44672
(330) 938-2261
Sebring Railroad Museum & Historical Society
216 E Penn Ave.
Sebring, OH 44672
Springfield Township Historical Society
P.O. Box 187
14188 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Rd.
Petersburg, OH 44454
(330) 366-0203
Struthers Historical Society
50 Terrace St.
Struthers, OH 44471
(330) 755-7189
Contact: Marian Kutlesa
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 721-5722
Youngstown City Health District
Oak Hill Renaissance Place
345 Oak Hill Avenue, Suite 200
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
(330) 743-3333
FAX – (330) 743-3960
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor
P.O. Box 533
151 Wood St.
Youngstown, OH 44501
1-800-262-6137

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Genealogical Researchers

PLEASE NOTE: The individuals listed below are provided for your information only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation.

Kristin Bodendorfer
646 N. Main St. Poland, Ohio 44514
330-953-0068
jklaa@aol.com
Fee charged. Specializes in adoption research.

Georgene Morgan Fry
286 North Idlewood, Austintown, Ohio 44515
gmorfry@zoominternet.net
Fee charged. Will research courthouse, city hall and Library records.

Dan Kuzma
330-502-3345
danieljkuzma@gmail.com
Fee charged.  Finds local, state, federal, and international records.  Specializes in Slovak research.

Ohio Researchers
https://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/archives-library/archiveslibrary-services/research-for-hire

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Genealogy Center Policies

The Library provides assistance with genealogy research based on staff availability.  Librarians assist customers in the use of basic genealogical sources such as local files and print materials, indexes, databases, etc. Searching of the catalog, online sources, local biographical sources and indexes to the major local histories will be done by staff as time permits. Customers who require materials not available in the library’s collection or databases may be referred to local genealogical organizations and researchers. The Library will request microfilm from the Ohio Historical Society and is a FamilySearch affiliate library for the receipt and return of LDS microfilm.

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
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.

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Genealogy FAQ

Will the library find all the members of my extended family?

No, we can assist you in locating sources and advise you what type of records to search, but you must do your own work or hire a genealogist.

When I request that information be sent by mail or email, is there a charge for copies of obituaries and other newspaper articles, city directory pages, etc.?

There is $1.00 per image fee for a printed copy mailed to your home, but there is no charge for images scanned and sent by e-mail.  Please note: Advance payment is not required for printed images. An invoice will be sent along with the requested information and should be returned with your payment. We cannot return advance payments or self-addressed stamped envelopes in the event that information is not found, so please wait for the results of your search and the total amount due before sending payment.

Is self-service printing and scanning from microform available?

Yes!  Self-serve printing and scanning stations for microfilm and microfiche are available in the Genealogy Center at the Main Library. You can capture scanned images from microfilm and microfiche and secure the information by sending it to the printer or by saving it to your flash drive. And yes, you can even email the images to yourself!  There is no fee for self-service scanning.  Print fees of $0.10 per 8 1/2 x 11 page or $0.25 per 11 x 17 page still apply should you wish to produce a paper copy of what you scanned.

If you do not wish to make digital images by scanning, you can still produce paper copies at $0.10 per page by using the standard equipment.

Is self-service scanning of books and documents available?

Yes! At this time we do offer a public flatbed scanner in the Genealogy Center at the Main Library.  You can scan images from books and documents.  The captured images may then be saved to a flash drive, Google Drive, or a smartphone/tablet or emailed to yourself.  There is no fee for these uses of the scanner.  Plus, you can scan images and send them to be printed; black-and-white copies are $0.10 per page and color copies are $0.25 per page.  This public scanner station is also a public fax station, and faxing costs $1.00 per page (cash only).

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