Main Library will be closed on Sat., Aug. 29, to prepare for an event. Phone calls will be accepted that day.
The Literary Society event featuring Louise Penny is sold out
Library Branch at Mill Creek MetroParks will be closed during Canfield Fair, Sept. 2-7

Driving Directions - Main Library get answers bannerlibrary card bannerdigital audio books donate bannerLocal FAQ Local Notable Peopleohio web


Ohio Public Library Information Network's (OPLIN) website for the Electronic Resources that it offers to Ohioans. For some databases you'll use your zip code, for others your library card number, to access the Resource Databases. For a list of shorcut URLs to these databases click here

 Tales of the Valley  
Local History Resources

Home > Research@Your Library > Genealogy & Local History / Genealogy Resources

Genealogy & Local History Resources    
Explore the lives of your ancestors, discover your unique heritage, and dig for treasure in your community's hidden past.  For a statement regarding Genealogy Resources, Policies, and Services click here.


Genealogy Tutorials

  • Meet face-to-face with the Genealogy and Local History Librarian
  • Receive a comprehensive demonstration of available resources
  • Learn about and sign up for genealogy programs

To schedule an appointment, simply call 330-744-8636 or email the Genealogy and Local History Librarian

Tim Seman 


Genealogy Classes & Programs

 View the complete Genealogy Schedule 


Volunteers from the local genealogical society are available on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. at Main Library. Patrons requiring more extensive research, advice, or instruction may be referred to local genealogical organizations and researchers. For more extensive research, contact:


Genealogy Databases

Electronic genealogy resources available from home and the library...


Genealogy Websites



People Finding Sources

Vital Records

Mahoning County was formed in 1846 by combining Austintown, Berlin, Boardman, Canfield, Coitsville, Ellsworth, Jackson, Milton, Poland and Youngstown townships from Trumbull County, and Beaver, Green, Goshen, Smith and Springfield townships from Columbiana County.

For vital records contact information, select from a county below:


FAQ Genealogy

Will the library find all the members of my extended family?

No, we can assist you in locating sources and advise you what type of records to search, but you must do your own work or hire a genealogist.

When I request that information be sent by mail or email, is there a charge for copies of obituaries and other newspaper articles, city directory pages, etc.? 

Yes, the cost is $1.00 per image for a printed copy mailed or an image scanned and sent to your e-mail.  Please note: Advance payment is not required for printed or scanned images. An invoice will be sent along with the requested information and should be returned with your payment. We cannot return advance payments or self-addressed stamped envelopes in the event that information is not found, so please wait for the results of your search and the total amount due before sending payment.  

Is self-service printing and scanning from microform available?

Yes!  Self-serve printing and scanning stations for microfilm and microfiche are available in the Genealogy Center at the Main Library. You can capture scanned images from microfilm and microfiche and secure the information by sending it to the printer or by saving it to your flash drive. And yes, you can even email the images to yourself!  There is no fee for self-service scanning.  Print fees of $0.10 per page still apply should you wish to produce a paper copy of what you scanned. 

If you do not wish to make digital images by scanning, you can still produce paper copies at $0.10 per page by using the standard equipment. 

Is self-service scanning of books and documents available?

Yes! At this time we do offer a public flatbed scanner in the Genealogy Center at the Main Library.  You can scan images from books and documents.  The captured images may then be saved to a flash drive, Google Drive, or a smartphone/tablet or emailed to yourself.  There is no fee for these uses of the scanner.  Plus, you can scan images and send them to be printed; black-and-white copies are $0.10 per page and color copies are $0.50 per page.  This public scanner station is also a public fax station, and faxing costs $1.00 per page (cash only). 



Other local repositories:

Free Ohio Death Certificates at FamilySearch:  Click here to search for and obtain uncertified copies of Ohio Death Certificates from 1908-1953.  Establish a free account and sign-in to obtain images of death certificates. 

Other collections of interest can be found at  Follow the link: and scroll down the long alphabetical list to find the Ohio sources.

The new microfilm rental procedures through FamilySearch are now active for Ohio.  After setting up your own free account, you will search the FamilySearch catalog, place your order and pay online, and view the film at Main Library.  Go to  Ordering microfilm has never been easier!