Genealogy Programs


All programs are designed and presented by Tim Seman, Genealogy and Local History Librarian, Information Services Department, Main Library
Contact: tseman@libraryvisit.org, or 330-744-8636
Program duration is approximately 90 minutes.
Registration is required by phoning 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below the description.


Do you want to start your family tree?
Can we help you break through a brick wall?
Or are you merely curious about the hottest hobby in the U.S.?

Come to Main Library for one-on-one assistance, and get answers.

Meet with our genealogy volunteers every Thursday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Genealogy and Local History Center, Information Services Department, second floor.

And don’t forget, you are always welcome to schedule a meeting with the genealogy and local history librarian, Tim Seman, tseman@libraryvisit.org


Upcoming Genealogy and Local History Programs


Genealogy, in the Good Old Summertime!


Know Your History: Local History Resources are Essential to Your Family Tree

If documentary research comprises one essential support for your genealogy, then the other pillar that holds up the roof is your knowledge of history.  In order to understand the lives of our ancestors, we need to ask the question: “What was it like to live back then?”  The answer can be found in history.  The genealogy and local history librarian will survey these crucial collections.  For adults and teens.  Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the Events Calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Main Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 10


Yearning to Breathe Free: Immigration and Naturalization Records

We are descendants of adventurers, travelers, and slaves.  Our ancestors came to America willingly or by force, seeking escape from oppression or to become, for a time, the oppressed.  Some came for opportunity and the rule of law, some for religious freedom and the right to own property.  Whether they came as colonists or as 21st Century New Americans, many left documented “footprints” that serve as our passport back through time to our ancestors’ origins.  This crucial part of genealogical research involves careful examination of historical records.  Records discussed include Passenger Lists, Citizenship & Naturalization Records, Border Crossings & Passports, Crew Lists, Immigration & Emigration Books, Slave Manifests, and Passport Applications.  For adults and teens.  Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the Events Calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Canfield Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 31


Local Government Records in Mahoning County

As foundational resources for your family history, it is imperative to become aware of and acquire the records that reside in Mahoning County.  Your genealogy and local history librarian has taken numerous field trips and will share practical information regarding available records, and methods for obtaining them.  For adults and teens.  Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the Events Calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Main Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, August 7


Will Cemeteries Die? The Future of Burial Rites

Are cemeteries a permanent part of the landscape in family history research?  During the 21st century it is likely that dwindling land space, environmental concerns, the surge in non-burial options, and the availability of new technologies all will lead to significant changes in death rituals.  We will examine what this means for genealogy.  For adults and teens.  Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the Events Calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Austintown Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, August 21


Fall Programs

Introduction to Genealogy and Local History

This program is a basic introduction to genealogical research, and will highlight methods and resources offered at your public library and beyond. For the beginner, but all are welcome. For adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Michael Kusalaba Library Meeting Room, 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 4


Genealogy Resource Survey

In order to take advantage of today’s rich blend of research tools, we will explore all manner of print, non-print, and electronic resources available through your library’s website. For adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Michael Kusalaba Library Meeting Room, 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 18


Public Health & Genealogy: The Influenza Epidemic in the Mahoning Valley

Examine the impact of the 1918 pandemic on the people of the Mahoning Valley, with special emphasis on how the events of that time affect genealogical research. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Austintown Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Wednesday, October 17


In Search of Library “Ancestors:” a Tour of Oak Hill Cemetery

For the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, October is always an extra special month. On 27 October 1880 the Youngstown Library Association was incorporated by five charter members. This first legal step to provide public library service for the City of Youngstown was followed by the generous involvement of several public-spirited individuals who strengthened and expanded the Library’s role as an instrument of progress. Join genealogy and local history librarian Tim Seman on a walking tour of Oak Hill Cemetery to pay homage to some of these founders and benefactors. We will visit graves on foot and learn about their lives.  There is no better month for strolling a beautiful cemetery!  Rain or shine.  For adults and teens. Park and gather at the cemetery office. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online at the Library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Oak Hill Cemetery, 3:30 P.M., Saturday, October 20


Research Guide for Jewish Genealogy

We will survey the resources available for Jewish genealogical research in library collections and online. For adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Boardman Library Small/Tech Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 14


Research Guide for Native American Genealogy

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we will survey the resources available for Native American genealogical research in library collections and beyond. For adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Canfield Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, November 27


Tour the Genealogy and Local History Center

Located in Main Library, the Genealogy and Local History Center is an essential destination, offering a comprehensive array of research materials and services. Join Tim Seman, genealogy and local history librarian, for a tour of these informational riches. For adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online at the Library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Main Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Wednesday, December 5


Jingle Bell Genealogy: Christmas Traditions From Around the World

In our final program of 2018, we’ll travel the globe and explore Yuletide celebrations as enjoyed in selected countries. For adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online at the Library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Canfield Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Wednesday, December 19