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


Thank you for attending! 


Welcome to Fall 2019

 

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 this annual 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. Rain or shine. Park and gather at the cemetery office. 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.

Oak Hill Cemetery, 2:30 P.M., Saturday, October 5

 

One-Two Punch: Using Ancestry and FamilySearch Together to Build Family Trees

This program is a demonstration of how to establish a FamilySearch account, begin a family tree, and attach records to individual members of the family.  Due to a partnership between FamilySearch and Ancestry, it is now possible to attach records from Ancestry directly to your FamilySearch tree.  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 Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Thursday, November 7

 

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, Border Crossings, and Passport Applications.  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, November 14

 

Go West, Young Men of Steel: W. Pigott, E.W. Wilson, and Youngstown, WA

Despite the many miles of industrial riverfront in the Mahoning Valley, it may have been a bit too crowded for William Pigott and Elliot Wilson.  Pursuing their interests out west, these Valley men founded significant steel and railcar manufacturing facilities in the Seattle area over one hundred years ago.  The Seattle Steel Company forged one particular neighborhood on the banks of the Duwamish River, and would be named after their former home: Youngstown.  By looking at the development of this industrial town, we may see, and be reminded of, some of the raw ingredients that made the Mahoning Valley.  In this program, Tim Seman will profile these men and highlight the interesting similarities and differences between Youngstown, Ohio and Youngstown, Washington.  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 Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, December 10

 

Jingle Bell Genealogy: Christmas Traditions From Around the World

In our final program of 2019, we’ll travel the globe and explore Yuletide celebrations as enjoyed in selected countries. For adults and teens. Registration is required by calling the Information Services Department at 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., Tuesday, December 17


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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