Mahoning WYT-91 - History

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Mahoning

(WYT-91: dp. 328; 1. 110'; dr. 11'; s. 8 k.; cl. 110,B)

Built by Gulfport Works, Port Arthur, Tex. as a medium harbor tug with steel strengthened hull for icebreakiug, Mahoning was launched 22 July 1939.

Assigned to the 3d Coast Guard District at New York City, she operated In and about New York Harbor. Executive Order 8929 of 1 November 1941 transferred the entire Coast Guard to the Navy. Mahoning continued operations in New York Harbor as part of the naval forces until 1 January 1946. Executive Order 9666 of 28 December 1945 returned her to the Coast Guard.

New York City remained her permanent headquarters throughout the post-World War 11 years. In 1966 she was redesignated WYTM-91, and she has continued to operate as a tug in New York Harbor into 1969.


Mahoning WYT-91 - History

Harry B. Burt (1874-1926) came to Youngstown in 1893 and began making and selling penny candy. He expanded his business with high quality candies, chocolates and ice cream. Around 1920 Burt invented a process for freezing a wood stick in an ice cream bar and coating it in smooth chocolate so it could be made and eaten without being touched. He called his new confection “Good Humor Ice Cream Suckers. Burt purchased the building at 325 West Federal Street in 1921, and underwent an extensive remodeling project. The new Burt’s Confectionary opened to the public on April 4, 1922 amid great fanfare in the local daily newspaper The Youngstown Vindicator . The facility included a chocolate and hard candy factory, kitchen and bakery, banquet room, large dance hall, dining rooms, a retail store for his products and an ice cream factory. With the latter Burt could mass-produce Good Humor suckers and provide enough inventory for his new distribution method—selling ice cream on the streets in Youngstown-area neighborhoods from a fleet of freezer trucks with bell-ringing, white-uniform-clad drivers.

For the opening Burt published a souvenir booklet, a copy of which is in the archives collection. Portions of the booklet were reproduced in Historical Happenings from July of 2008 to February of 2009.

In 2008 the Mahoning Valley Historical Society purchased the building and is in the process of renovating it into the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. The new History Center will be designed to make as much of the Harry Burt/Ross Radio Building accessible to the public as is possible. In fact it will be a multi-purpose community center with a local history theme. The basement level will house the Historical Society’s archival library storage and public research rooms. The first floor will include gathering spaces, a museum store, and large and small exhibit galleries. The original second floor ballroom will be restored and available for Historical Society events, public rentals, and traveling exhibit installations. The third floor will include an education classroom, media room, multi-purpose exhibit and event gallery, office and meeting space.

Progress on renovations is 75% complete. Highlights of the project include the reinstallation of four skylights, restoration of the historic ballroom and preparations in the basement level for compact shelving.

The Campaign for the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center has raised $4.6 million of the $6 million goal.


Mission Statement and History

It is the desire of the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department to affirmatively promote, preserve and deliver a feeling of security, safety and quality services to members of our community. Each employee is required to accept the responsibility for the achievement of this mission, and to publicly register his or her commitment to it and to the concepts of quality service.

This mission represents the commitment of this administration to the concept of quality performance management. In other words, members are expected to work consistently in a quality manner in the daily performance of those duties, job responsibilities and work tasks associated with this mission. Quality manner means that performance outcomes comply with the performance standards established for this agency and for each member associated with this agency. Examples of performance standards include the oath of office, code of ethics, agency rules, policies, procedures, directives, general and supervisory orders, work productivity and performance behavior.


Does this sound appealing to you?

We warmly invite you to visit and join Mahoning Valley Civil War Round Table here in Ohio! We’re a friendly group with about one hundred fifty members, seeking to better understand the history and efforts of the American Civil War.

About Us

Expecting only a handful of people, the organizers of the Mahoning Valley Civil War Round Table’s first meeting reserved the backroom of a Howard Johnson’s restaurant in Boardman, Ohio. To their amazement, between 65 and 70 people showed up.

Sometime in the early 1980s, Hugh Earnhart of Poland, Ohio, a professor of History at Youngstown State University Tom Kirker of New Castle, Pennsylvania, a graduate History student at YSU and Byron Hartzell, who had recently returned to the Youngstown, Ohio, area from Texas all had their own ideas about starting groups that would meet regularly to discuss the significant military and political events in American history from the period 1861–1865. At an informal get-together over pizza and beer, they decided that forming one club would encourage history buffs from all around the Mahoning Valley to join them.

Seeing the success of that first round table meeting, where Hugh Earnhart spoke about Abraham Lincoln, they knew they needed a larger venue, so they moved to the student center at Youngstown State. After meeting monthly at YSU for the next two or three years, they out-grew that facility and marched back to Boardman, choosing the spacious Antone’s Banquet Centre. Finally, in early 2017, the group found its current home a few miles to the west at A La Cart Catering in Canfield.

Through those years, the MVCWRT has enjoyed the company of many high-quality local, regional, and national speakers, including Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus with the National Park Service former Executive Director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, A. Wilson Greene and scores others. Ed and Will have since been named honorary members.

Our spring 2018 trip to the Wilderness Battlefield finds the end of our second day on the battlefield with guide Matt Atkinson at Widow Tapp field. (Image Courtesy Dan Welch)

The MVCWRT have also spent dozens of hours volunteering throughout the years on the Gettysburg battlefield, cleaning brush and debris from around several monuments as part of the Adopt-a-Position at Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as building trails at Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park. For the past ten years we have donated raised funds to over twenty different historic sites and their mission of preservation and interpretation.

In 2006, to honor Hugh Earnhart’s work in promoting and growing the MVCWRT, the membership collected money to donate to Pamplin Park to install a bench with a special plaque (which is there to this day) along the Breakthrough Trail where Ohio soldiers fought 141 years earlier. The plaque reads:

“There are tracts of land that have a strong attachment to this war, and they should not be ridden over in a roughshod manner”–Hugh G. Earnhart. From his friends at the Mahoning Valley Civil War Round Table.

Then-Executive Director at Pamplin Park, Will Greene, called it “a really special moment.”

Over its 34 year history, the MVCWRT has had three program directors: Hugh Earnhart, 1984–2004 Gordy Morgan, 2004-2018 and Gary Wholf, 2018-present. The Round Table currently has over 150 active members. New members are always welcome!

Tour attendees stop for a group picture at the Rostrum inside the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park. (Image Courtesy Jerry Arnsberger)


Mahoning WYT-91 - History

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Mission & History

YWCA Mahoning Valley is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all.

We proudly serve the women and families of Mahoning and Trumbull Counties with housing, youth development, childcare, advocacy, and empowerment programs that meet the dynamic, changing needs our our community.

Our History

YWCA Mahoning Valley was formed in 2018, the result of the merger of YWCA Warren and YWCA Youngstown. Our merger allows us to bring a combined 215 years of experience and expertise to doing what we do best: empowering women.

Ground is broken by Mrs. Ella Phelps in 1928 for the YWCA building in Warren.

YWCA Warren was founded in 1916, but plans for the organization go back as far as 1912. In 1929, YWCA Warren opened its building at 375 North Park Avenue, housing travelers, serving hot meals to downtown workers, offering education to newly arrived immigrants, and providing opportunities for social, spiritual, and personal enrichment to young women. Over the course of a century, YWCA Warren became a hub for women and girls, ever-evolving to meet their needs. Today, the YWCA building on North Park is home to YWCA’s Warren offices and is shared by SCOPE, another Trumbull County social service agency serving older adults.

YWCA women organized a membership drive in Youngstown to recruit young women in 1921.

YWCA Youngstown was organized in 1903 and formally founded in 1904. In 1912, the historic building which still houses YWCA’s administrative offices was completed, providing a space for housing for young women and travelers. YWCA activities grew and flourished over the coming decades, with the YWCA taking on such important work as educating newly enfranchished voters, providing sex education to families, and offering support to the large immigrant populations arriving in Youngstown. YWCA today is an integral part of the landscape between downtown and Youngstown State University’s campus to the north.


Sewing Machines

At Sailrite ® , we are known for our top-of-the-line industrial sewing machines for professional upholstery and marine shops, in addition to industry-leading semi-industrial sewing machines with the DIY sailor and home sewer in mind. We make portable heavy-duty sewing machines for the crafter requiring ease of use and portability as well as industrial sewing machines that can take the heat in commercial applications.

If you’re searching for a professional sewing machine that’s both portable and heavy duty, explore our Ultrafeed ® LSZ-1 zigzag and straight stitch machine and the Ultrafeed ® LS-1 straight stitch only model. Both of these styles are walking foot sewing machines that are appropriate for novice and professional sewers in need of a quality machine that can sew thick assemblies and a variety of fabrics including sailcloth, leather, denim, upholstery and more. All Ultrafeed Sewing Machines feature our patented Posi-Pin ® Clutching System (Patent #7438009) for 100% power transfer from the balance wheel to the needle. These machines come in BASIC, PLUS and PREMIUM packages with various accessories and add-ons to help you find a style that’s tailored to your budget and needs. All Sailrite Ultrafeed Sewing Machines are backed by a two-year limited warranty for complete purchase peace of mind and an in-depth guidebook to help get you started on your sewing journey.

Sailrite’s selection of industrial sewing machines includes two lines of full-size, commercial production sewing machines. Perfect for any seamstress, tailor, costume designer, sailmaker or small business, these industrial sewing machines feature a rock-solid construction for super-dependable, durable use. Explore the Sailrite ® Professional or Fabricator ® Sewing Machine to find a model that’s appropriate for your industrial applications. Sailrite is proud to offer a dedicated team of sewing experts to help you make the best sewing machine purchase. Don’t forget to check out our industrial sewing machine parts and add-ons for more.


About Us

    The Mahoning Country Club was founded in the early 1920's and remained a private club until 1972. The Club hosted the 1942 and 1943 Mahoning Valley Open which included players such as Ben Hogan, Gene Sarezan, and Bing Crosby. Nine of the original holes remain in play today.

    Most changes to the course occurred in the 1950's after John Ezzo purchased the property in 1943. The latest changes to the course occurred in 1998 in which two new holes were opened. The current building was built in 1967 after a fire destroyed the original clubhouse. The exterior of the banquet hall was completely renovated in 2007.

The Mahoning Country Club   |   710 E Liberty Street Girard, OH   |   330.545.2517 - Banquet   |   330.545.2519 - Golf


Genealogy and Local History

The Genealogy and Local History Center, temporarily located at the Struthers Library during the Main Library’s renovation, maintains an extensive collection of genealogical and historical material. Our collection emphasizes the Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana areas, but we also collect genealogical material from other locations. At Struthers, you will find:

  • Youngstown City Directories, print and microfilm
  • Microfilm: Vindicator, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, older local newspapers
  • Youngstown Vertical Files of local clippings and articles
  • Items cataloged as Ohio Reference (OR) and non-local History Reference (HR)
  • Scan Pro machines for viewing microfilm and microfiche

In addition, there are some OR and HR materials at the Brownlee Woods library which show in the catalog as location of either Brownlee-Special Collection or Brownlee-Reference:

  • Duplicate genealogy and local history items
  • A few sets which did not fit at Struthers, such as: Soldier and Casualty Rosters from the American Revolution through the Korean War

PLYMC’s Podcast – Genealogy with Tim

Genealogy is the hottest hobby out there right now, and we took some time with Tim Seman, our Genealogy and Local History Librarian to find out why. He has advice for everyone at all levels in their Genealogy research and a few interesting stories to tell. You can contact Tim at [email protected] #PLYMC

New Resource!

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Bulletin
The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Bulletin collection covers August 1919 through 1977.
The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Bulletin was a monthly employee newsletter published by the company, beginning August 1919, and continuing through 1977. Issues included gossip and social news, along with photographs of babies, engagements, vacations and employee sporting events, departmental news, articles on safety in the plant and explanations of the various mill operations.

Company housing, provided through the Buckeye Land Company, a YS&T subsidiary, was advertised in the Bulletin beginning in the 1920s. By the 1950s the content had shifted away from the employee focus, to become increasingly more company and management oriented.

New! In Search of Mahoning County’s “Gretna Green”

When a couple seeks to marry where there are fewer marriage restrictions, the journey’s destination is often called a “Gretna Green,” which is the name of the original Scottish border town where 18th century English couples found a haven. For Ohioans, West Virginia has long been the jurisdiction for so-called “runaway marriages.” New Cumberland, the county seat of the northern-most Hancock County, was a convenient location for Youngstown residents.

So, if you are unable to find a marriage record in Mahoning County’s Probate Court, then search online for digital records of West Virginia Vital Statistics. Provided by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, this database offers birth, death and marriage records for most West Virginia counties over many years. Hancock County alone enjoys marriage records from 1854 – 1873, and then from 1880 – 1971. Congratulations and Best Wishes!

New Links! Many of us have a keystone connection, in that our ancestors lived in Pennsylvania before coming to the Mahoning Valley. Explore the resources and services available from nearby agencies in Western Pennsylvania.

MyHeritage is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from more than 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources. Of note is your ability to actually search the Youngstown Vindicator and other newspapers to find articles about your family, yourself, and your community!

What problem are you trying to solve? Genealogy Book-A-Librarian – 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 (temporarily suspended)

Genealogy Classes & Programs Temporarily Suspended

There are many resources that provide information about your kin. The following lists contain free websites, as well as databases you can explore with your library card. Whether you are in the library or beyond, check out these tools to acquire the kinformation you need!

Genealogy Online Resources

Click this icon next to the title to see an Online Tutorial for using the database

African American Heritage (ProQuest)
Genealogy database devoted to African American family history research.

Ancestry Library (ProQuest) – Access from home March 2020-December 31, 2021
The ultimate of genealogy resources, offering access to all available U.S. census images and indexes, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, military records, international records, and more. During the Coronavirus crisis, ProQuest is allowing home access now through December 31, 2021.

BLM General Land Grant Office Records (website)
Search federal land titles, conveyances, and patents for Public Land states–held by the Bureau of Land Management.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet (website)
For more than a decade, this site has provided links to nearly every genealogical source there is.

FamilySearch (website)
A genealogy service provided by the LDS, coverage is international in scope, with records from all U.S. states and many countries around the world. Use of this resource requires free registration, whereby each researcher sets up their own account. FamilySearch has a wiki that serves as on online genealogy encyclopedia, offering articles and audiovisual tutorials.

Fold3 (ProQuest)
Combining original historical documents with social networking to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past, this database features documents, historical newspapers, naturalization information and much more.

HeritageQuest (ProQuest)
A growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture that combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy and Local History collection.

JewishGen (website)
Provides a wide range of Jewish genealogy resources including databases, family finder, articles, societies, projects and discussion groups.

MyHeritage Library Edition (EBSCO)
MyHeritage is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from more than 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources. This resource includes all the newspapers digitized in the Google Newspaper Archives. When you choose the Newspapers category, you can do a keyword search using the Name and Publication place fields. Note that while the Youngstown Vindicator from 1869-2009 is included, there are many poorly digitized and completely missing issues which will not be found in search results. Searching and Browsing the Google News Archive provides helpful instructions for using this resource. New! The Vindicator Archives

National Archives & Record Administration – Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (website)
You will find in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) resource online access to records in a small selection of historic databases preserved permanently in NARA.

Ohio Death Certificate Index (website)
An online index to death certificates of persons who died in Ohio between 1913 and 1944.

Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records & Obituaries (website)
This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county.

Railroad Retirement Board Pension Records
Did your ancestor work on a railroad? Explore the pension records of the Railroad Retirement Board. Information in these records includes: birth, death, and marriage dates copies of death certificates maiden names of female ancestors names of parents birthplaces previous work history hand signatures, and more! Examine an actual record here.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
A searchable interface for locating historical maps of communities in Ohio from 1882 through 1962.

Burials/Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (website)
Search burial records and contact the Parish Cemetery Services office for further assistance.

Find a Grave (website)
Over 170 million grave records, including famous people

Interment.Net (website)
Online transcriptions of cemetery inscriptions from all corners of the world.

Poland Township Cemeteries (website)
A site provided by Poland Township that identifies Poland Center Cemetery and Lowellville Cemetery. Burials are searchable.

Tod Homestead Cemetery Grave Search (website)
This searchable index for locating burials is offered by Tod Homestead Cemetery, 2200 Belmont Avenue, Youngstown.

DNA and Genealogy

Genetic Genealogy Standards (website)
This document is intended to provide standards and best practices for the genealogical
community to follow when purchasing, recommending, sharing, or writing about the results of
DNA testing for ancestry.

International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) (website)
Advocates for and educates about the use of genetics as a tool for genealogical research while promoting a supportive network for genetic genealogists. Provides comparison charts to evaluate commercial testing providers.

Immigration

CastleGarden.org (website)
Free access to a database of over 10 million immigrants from 1830-1892.

Ellis Island Online (website)
Research passenger records from ships that brought immigrants to Ellis Island from 1892 through 1924.

U.S. Ports of Arrival and Their Available Passenger Lists 1820-1957 (website)
While not comprehensive, this is an extensive list of links to ports and passenger lists organized by states, and includes crossings from Canada and Mexico.

Local History New Category!

Digital Collection at Youngstown State University
The Archives and Special Collections provides access to digital collections online through the Digital Maag website. The bulk of this material relates to the history of YSU, including the following collections:

  • Center for Working Class Studies
  • Jambar Newspaper Archives
  • Rose Melnick Medical Museum
  • Steel Valley Voices: An Ethnic Community Archive
  • University Archives
  • University Special Collections
  • WYSU-FM

Mahoning Valley Historical Society
Explore the extensive archival and reference collections.

Tales of the Mahoning and Shenango Valley
Listen to recordings of the broadcasts created by the Industrial Information Institute and originally aired over the radio in the 1950s!

Western Reserve Historical Society
Founded 1867 in Cleveland, the Western Reserve Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in Northeast Ohio. Collection focus is on the history of the Western Reserve. The Society preserves and curates a vast cultural collection, including archives and manuscripts.

Military

The following websites provide information regarding personnel records, unit histories, letters/diaries/oral histories, prisoners of war, aircraft crash incidents, military burials, and World War II.

National Archives
Request service records electronically or by mail.

National Archives Catalog
Search the NARA for all manner of records, many are digitized.

U.S. Army Center of Military History
Obtain and read over 600 publications authored by scholars who use primary source materials to write incredibly detailed accounts. This is an essential resource for acquiring text from, and references to, military unit histories.

Chapman University: Center for American War Letters Archive
This is a unique and extensive manuscript collection of previously unpublished war letters from every American conflict, beginning with handwritten missives composed during the Revolutionary War and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan. These personal war-related correspondences are a vital record of the collective memory of the American people, as witnessed and articulated by service members, veterans, and their loved ones, who experienced these wars firsthand.

Library of Congress: Veterans History Project/Oral Histories
T he Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Library of Congress: Veterans History Project/Prisoners of War
Select “prisoner of war” as a search criterion and examine the personal accounts of former POW. These narratives are unique and important components of any military genealogy.

Pegasus Archive: Prisoners of War
This is a site about the experiences of Prisoners of War, of any nationality, during World War Two.

Aviation Archaeology
This database is for USAAF/USAF accident reports from 1918 to 1955. Search the database using pilot name or other details and request copies of crash reports.

American Battle Monuments Commission
The American Battle Monuments Commission, established by the Congress in 1923, is an agency of the executive branch of the federal government. The ABMC—guardian of America’s overseas commemorative cemeteries and memorials—honors the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces. Search the database to find the location of burial and discover details of military service.

Find a Grave
This well-known, global database provides burial information for U.S. Military cemeteries abroad. In cooperation with the ABMC, photos of individual graves are being added to Find a Grave. Thus far, this is the only source online that offers images of ABMC grave markers.

National World War Two Museum
Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, the National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus. Offering both sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories. Beyond the galleries, the Museum’s online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, educational travel programs, and renowned International Conference on World War II offer patrons new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom.

Newspaper Indexes – Deaths, Marriages, Obituaries

Akron Beacon Journal Obituary Indices (website)
Obituary indices from 1937 to present, citations only, are made available by the staff of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Contact that library to obtain copies.

Alliance Review (website)
Search here for Alliance obituary, marriage and newspaper articles, brought to you by the Rodman Public Library.

Chronicling America (website)
Chronicling America is a website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program and the Library of Congress. It provides an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.

MyHeritage Library Edition (EBSCO)
This resource includes all the newspapers digitized in the Google Newspaper Archives. When you choose the Newspapers category, you can do a keyword search using the Name and Publication place fields. Note that while the Youngstown Vindicator from 1869-2009 is included, there are many poorly digitized and completely missing issues which will not be found in search results. Searching and Browsing the Google News Archive provides helpful instructions for using this resource. New! The Vindicator Archives

New Castle Marriage/Obituary Database (website)
Search here for marriage notices and obituaries in the New Castle News.

Niles Newspapers (website)
Full-text, searchable access to Niles newspapers from 1908-2011.

Obituary, Death and Marriage Index for Ohio Counties (website)
Growing index to 800,000+ obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other information published in newspapers in 36 Ohio counties. Information is submitted by libraries from across Ohio and is maintained by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

Packard Cablegram (website)
An internal news publication of the Packard Electric Division of the General Motors Corporation. It is searchable, and may include information about workers, their families, family history (births, marriages, and deaths), and social events. The Packard Cablegram was produced from 1927-1991 This resource provides scanned images of issues from 1946-1991.

Salem News Digital Collection (website)
A service of Salem Public Library, browse images of the newspaper from 1905 to 2002.

Salem News Obituary Index (website)
Also a service of Salem Public Library, search here for obituaries in the Salem News from 1943 onward.

Warren Tribune Chronicle Obituary Index (website)
Static as well as searchable indices for selected years are provided by the Local History & Genealogy Department at Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.

Youngstown Vindy Archives (website)
Provides access to the online Vindicator articles: deaths/tributes 2009-August 2019 and news from 2001-August 2019. Also links to browsing the digitized Vindicator in Google’s Newspaper Archive. Browsing Youngstown Vindicator in Google Newspaper Archive provides helpful instructions.

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:

Genealogy Field Notes – New!

The Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics has online information regarding the process for obtaining adoption records. Specific questions concerning this research on a local level should be directed to staff at the Mahoning County Probate Court:

Mahoning County Courthouse, 1st Floor
120 Market Street
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
330-740-2310

Naturalization Records
County Clerk of Courts Title Office
345 Oak Hill Avenue
Renaissance Place, Entrance A
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
330-740-2111

Procedure:
• Go to title department desk and ask clerk for access to metal filing cabinets in lobby near the Veterans Service Commission.
• Examine naturalization indexes to obtain volume and page number from card. (Pay attention to other details on card) Take care to maintain original order. These cards are packed in tight.
• Using scratch paper, provide the clerk with volume and page reference found on the card.
• Clerk will bring to desk the original docket containing the naturalization file. It normally contains two parts:
1) The Certificate of Arrival
2) The Petition/Citizenship Authorization

You may ask for photocopies, but in the interest of preservation you could take notes or capture
with digital camera. Docket books and the contents are fragile.

Pennsylvania Genealogy Resources – New!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Main Library in Oakland houses the famed Pennsylvania Department, where subject specialists are on hand to answer questions, provide research guidance, and assist in recommending and finding materials. Staff answer reference requests my mail and email.

Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
Search burial records and contact the Parish Cemetery Services office for further assistance.

Community Library of the Shenango Valley
Home of the Mercer County Genealogical Society, the library maintains various resources, including microfilm of the Sharon Herald newspaper from the 1870s to today.

Lawrence County Historical Society
The Society maintains a library located in the Medure Annex Building at the Lawrence County Historical Society. The library houses many research materials and features Lawrence County will books, immigration records, cemetery records, marriage records, military records, deeds, county history, maps of the county from 1885-1931, city directories, yearbooks from local schools, and reference works.

Mercer County Historical Society
The Mercer County Historical Society maintains a museum, library, and archives. They offer living history programs, an oral history project, and a publications program.

New Castle Public Library
Located on the second floor of the New Castle Public Library, the collection in the History Room includes family histories, standard reference works, county histories of Pennsylvania, and other genealogical material. The collection is especially strong in Pennsylvania census records and local family histories. The Genealogy staff will undertake limited research or facilitate requests for obituaries by mail for a fee. The library offers a marriage/obituary database to locate citations for articles within the New Castle News newspaper and other local newspapers for the period 1880 – present. Digital collections include a substantial offering of New Castle Directories for most years from 1872 – 1928.

Local Genealogical & Historical Organizations

Austintown Historical Society
3797 S Raccoon Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44515
(330) 792-1129
Contact: Joyce Pogany
Beaver Township Historical Society
(located in former South Range High School)
11836 South Ave.
North Lima, OH 44452
(330) 549-9552
Contact: Scott Conway
Berlin Center Historical Society
15791 W Akron-Canfield Rd.
Berlin Center, OH 44401
(330) 547-2929
Boardman Historical Society
P.O. Box 3134
Youngstown, OH 44513
Campbell Historical Society
211 Struthers Liberty Rd.
Campbell, OH 44405
(330) 755-4496
Contact: Florence Galida
Canfield Fairground Western Reserve Village
P.O. Box 250
Canfield, OH 44406
(330) 533-4107
Canfield Historical Society
PO Box 3
Canfield, OH 44406
(330) 533-3458
Idora Park Institute
527 Oak Ridge Dr.
Youngstown, OH 44512
(330) 726-8277
Contact: Richard Scarsella
Lake Milton Historical Society
P.O. Box 592
Lake Milton, OH 44429
Lanterman’s Mill
980 Canfield Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44511
(330) 740-7115
Loghurst Historical Log Home
P.O. Box 680
3967 Boardman-Canfield Rd
Canfield, OH 44406
(330) 533-4330
McGuffey Historical Society
P.O. Box 9561
Youngstown, OH 44512
(330) 726-8277
Contact: Richard Scarsella
Mahoning County Chapter of the
Ohio Genealogical Society
PO Box 9333
Youngstown, OH 44513
Mahoning Valley Historical Society
Arms Family Museum
648 Wick Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44502
(330) 743-2589
Mahoning Valley Historical Society
Tyler History Center
325 West Federal St.
Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 743-2589
North Jackson Historical Society
P.O. Box 104
North Jackson, OH 44451
(330) 654-2777
Poland Historical Society
P.O. Box 5052
Poland, OH 44514
(330) 536-6877
Contact: Laurie Fox, President
Sebring Historical Society
P.O. Box 127
Sebring, OH 44672
(330) 938-2261
Sebring Railroad Museum & Historical Society
216 E Penn Ave.
Sebring, OH 44672
Springfield Township Historical Society
P.O. Box 187
14188 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Rd.
Petersburg, OH 44454
(330) 366-0203
Struthers Historical Society
50 Terrace St.
Struthers, OH 44471
(330) 755-7189
Contact: Marian Kutlesa
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
(216) 721-5722
Youngstown City Health District
Oak Hill Renaissance Place
345 Oak Hill Avenue, Suite 200
Youngstown, Ohio 44502
(330) 743-3333
FAX – (330) 743-3960
Youngstown Historical Center of Industry & Labor
P.O. Box 533
151 Wood St.
Youngstown, OH 44501
1-800-262-6137

Genealogical Researchers

PLEASE NOTE: The individuals listed below are provided for your information only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation.

Kristin Bodendorfer
646 N. Main St. Poland, Ohio 44514
330-953-0068
[email protected]
Fee charged. Specializes in adoption research.

Georgene Morgan Fry
286 North Idlewood, Austintown, Ohio 44515
[email protected]
Fee charged. Will research courthouse, city hall and Library records.

Dan Kuzma
330-502-3345
[email protected]
Fee charged. Finds local, state, federal, and international records. Specializes in Slovak research.

Genealogy Center Policies

The Library provides assistance with genealogy research. Librarians assist customers in the use of basic genealogical sources such as local files and print materials, indexes, databases, etc. Searching of the catalog, online sources, local biographical sources and indexes to the major local histories will be done by staff as time permits. Customers who require materials not available in the library’s collection or databases may be referred to the genealogy and local history librarian, local genealogical organizations and researchers.

Renting Microfilm

Please Note: On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch discontinued its microfilm distribution services. The change is the result of significant progress in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts. Digital imaging has made it easier to find ancestors through the internet, mobile, and other technologies. Researchers are directed to www.familysearch.org to establish a personal username and password account for access to online digitized microfilm.

For patrons who call, write or email us, we are able to check the following sources:

* Henry R. Baldwin Records, an index of Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania cemetery inscriptions dated 1867-1918. (We will check the name indexes.)
* Indexes of local history books.
* Youngstown City Directories from 1869 to the present. (We will check three volumes per request.)
* Youngstown Telephone Directories from 1915 to the present. (We will check 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. Searching the microfilm for these items before 1920 involves time-consuming research outside the parameters of our service policy unless an indexing source can be used. We set a limit of five obituaries, death notices or birth announcements per request, and we will check no more than five days from a known birth or death date, unless circumstances related to the events direct otherwise.

Volunteers (Temporarily Suspended)
Volunteers from the Ohio Genealogical Society, Mahoning Chapter are available on Thursday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. in the Genealogy and Local History Center at Main Library. Patrons requiring more extensive research, advice, or instruction may be referred to the genealogy and local history librarian or to local genealogical organizations and researchers.

Genealogy FAQ

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.?

There is $1.00 per image fee for a printed copy mailed to your home, but there is no charge for images scanned and sent by e-mail. Please note: Advance payment is not required for printed 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 and Local History Center at the Struthers Library (temporary location). 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 .10 per 8 1/2 x 11 page or .25 per 11 x 17 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 .10 per page by using the standard equipment.

Is scanning of books and documents available?

Yes! At this time we do offer a flatbed scanner in the Genealogy and Local History Center at the Struthers Library (temporary location). Please see a staff member.


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