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


Hispanic Heritage Genealogy

The Hispanic ethnicity is culturally rich and varied.  Research in this area can be challenging because it involves acquiring primarily Spanish-language documents from Spanish institutions and the Catholic Church.  But your efforts will be amply rewarded by the special features of many of these documents.  This is due to the beneficial characteristics of Hispanic culture and record keeping.  Hispanic records are exceptionally detailed.  Birth records often include the names and origins of grandparents.  Baptismal records may include the names of a child’s godparents.  Coupled with the tradition of children keeping both maternal and paternal surnames, it is clear that, genealogically speaking, Hispanic records are some of the finest in the world.  For adults and teens.  Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the Events Calendar, or directly from the program link below.

East Library Meeting Room, 3:00 P.M., Saturday, April 28


Preserving Genealogical Records and Family Heirlooms

This is your introduction to Preservation and Conservation issues relevant to the genealogist. Whether the information is in the form of original documents and artifacts, or as generated research findings, this seminar will cover basic care, storage, and handling techniques; repairing and reformatting; technology migration; disaster response; and legacy planning. For adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the Events Calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Poland Library Meeting Room, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17


Leave No Soldier Behind: Finding Our Family Members in Uniform

Explore the records of our armed forces. Learn how to pursue personnel files and unit histories in order to understand your ancestor’s role in defending our nation’s heritage. For adults and teens. Registration is required by telephone 330-744-8636, online via the Events Calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Boardman Library Small/Tech Meeting Room, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31


Genealogy, in the Good Old Summertime!


Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research

Newspapers are essential for acquiring obituaries, stories, and local history.  We will survey all of the available resources, with special emphasis on digitized 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., Thursday, June 28


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