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


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Introduction to Genealogy and Local History

You’ve read about it in the newspapers, you’ve seen it on television, and your friends and family have been talking about it. The rage is genealogy, and it’s one of the hottest hobbies around. 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 calling the Information Services Department 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Main Library Large Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Thursday, January 9


Using the Ancestry Database

In this program the Genealogy and Local History Librarian will demonstrate the power of the Ancestry database and show how it can be used effectively for genealogical research. This is perhaps the ultimate genealogy resource, offering access to all available U.S. census images and indexes, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, military records, international records, and more. For adults and teens. Registration is required by calling the Information Services Department 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., Thursday, January 16


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. The librarian will demonstrate how to use Google News Archive and MyHeritage to locate and capture obituaries and other articles.  For adults and teens.  Registration is required by calling the Information Services Department 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., Thursday, January 23


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. Many unique and valuable resources will be shared.  For adults and teens.  Registration is required by calling the Information Services Department 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Boardman Library Large Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Thursday, February 6


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 calling the Information Services Department 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Poland Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Thursday, February 13


Preserving Your Family History Treasures

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 calling the Information Services Department 330-744-8636, online via the library’s events calendar, or directly from the program link below.

Poland Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Thursday, March 12


Cemetery Research for Family History and Genealogy

Churchyards, graveyards and cemeteries are disposed to tell us much about our ancestors and how humans think about life, and the mystery of death. But 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 calling the Information Services Department 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., Thursday, March 19


Genetics and Genealogy

Can DNA testing help you determine your ancestry? Discovering the level of genetic relationship you have with other individuals and cultures can be enlightening. We will examine this process, acknowledging the benefits and drawbacks. For adults and teens. Registration is required by calling the Information Services Department 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., Thursday, March 26