Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

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Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  E-mail a librarian form


Main Library
305 Wick Ave
Youngstown, OH 44503

Telephone:[2]  330-744-8636

Hours and Holidays:[2]
M, T, W, Th: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
F, Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: closed
Holiday closings

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Public transportation: Mahoning County WRTA bus routes 31 Elm, 31 Oak, 36 McGuffy, and 37 Albert all stop near the Main Library. The downtown Federal Station is about five blocks west of the Library.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

They have a good solid genealogy collection with oral histories, state and county histories, biographies, and genealogies. Youngstown was a portal for immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England entering Ohio.[3] Their collection emphasizes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio, but includes information from other areas.[4]

Tips[edit | edit source]

For patrons who telephone, write, or email PLYMC, they will check the following sources:[4]

  • Henry R. Baldwin Records, an index of Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania cemetery inscriptions dated 1867-1918. (name indexes)
  • Indexes of local history books.
  • Youngstown city directories from 1869 to the present. (three volumes per request)
  • Youngstown telephone directories from 1915 to the present. (three volumes per request)
  • Youngstown Vindicator indexes: 1869-1919 (incomplete); 1921-1930; 1933-1938; 2001-present.
  • Obituary and birth announcement research is limited for pre-1920 newspapers.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5] Includes Northwest Territory (Ohio) papers.
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Ohio, U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[6]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[7]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[8]
  • Ohio History Connection, Columbus, serves as the state archives. Excellent manuscript collection for government, land, and military records. Also has biographies, genealogies, and vital records.[3] [9]
  • State Library of Ohio, Columbus, has good records of Ohio, and of states like Pennsylvania, New York, and the states of New England which all contributed early immigrants to Ohio.[3]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. E-mail a librarian in Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (accessed 9 March 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Locations and Hours in Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (accessed 9 March 2015).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogy Resources, Policies and Services in Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (accessed 9 March 2015).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  7. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Ohio Network of American History Research Centers in Ohio History Connection (accessed 28 February 2014).
  10. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).