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


Programs for 2018 are complete.  Thank you for attending! 


2019 Programs

Happy New Year!  Let’s Start 2019 by Getting Back to Basics


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.

Austintown Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, January 8


The Power of Ancestry.com

This program is a demonstration of the Ancestry database. As an online tool, it is essential for beginning and advancing your research. Come and learn how to use this fantastic resource. 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., Tuesday, January 15


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

Main Library Career and Job Center, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, January 29


DNA Tests 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.

Austintown Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Tuesday, February 5


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

East Library Meeting Room, 6:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 26


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 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 7


Preserving and Conserving Your 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 calling the Information Services Department 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., Thursday, March 14


Forged in Iron and Steel: Finding Records of Our Industrious Ancestors

Many of us have relatives who labored in Mahoning Valley mills and related industries. In this program, we will examine the resources that tell their stories. This is an opportunity to embrace local history and discover the organizations that contain and curate our shared legacy. 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 Career and Job Center, 1:00 P.M., Saturday, March 23