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 or online via the library’s events calendar.


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


The genealogy programs for 2017 are in the past.

Thank you for attending!


Genealogy and Local History Programs 2018


New Year Genealogy Workshops

Come to the cozy confines of the Genealogy and Local History Center at Main Library.  We’re having three icebreaker workshops to start the new research year.  Genealogy and Local History Librarian Tim Seman will provide a brief introduction to genealogical processes and tools, including a tour of the collections.  There will be plenty of time for Q&A, lively discussion, and incitement to limitless research excellence.  Let’s resolve to make 2018 the year we carve out a place for ourselves and our families.  For adults and teens.  Registration is required by phoning 330-744-8636 or online via the library’s events calendar.  Limited seating.

Main Library, 2nd floor, Genealogy and Local History Center, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 13

Main Library, 2nd floor, Genealogy and Local History Center, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 27

Main Library, 2nd floor, Genealogy and Local History Center, 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 10


Introduction to Genealogy

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 phoning 330-744-8636 or online via the library’s events calendar.

Poland Library Meeting Room, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8


Genealogy Muscle: 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. Please call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Information Services Department, or simply go online and register via the library’s events calendar.

Austintown Library Meeting Room, 6:30 P.M., Thursday, March 22


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. Please call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Information Services Department, or simply go online and register via the library’s events calendar.

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. Please call 330-744-8636 and ask for the Information Services Department, or simply go online and register via the library’s events calendar.

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


Additional programs are being planned.  Stay tuned!