|Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
E-mail: E-mail a librarian form
- Main Library
- 305 Wick Ave
- Youngstown, OH 44503
Hours and Holidays:
M, T, W, Th: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
F, Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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:
- Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County programs, locations, databases, meeting rooms, answers, news, contact us, connect, and special services.
- Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County catalog search online by keyword, title, author, or subject.
- Genealogy Resources page policies, tutorials, programs, volunteers, databases, websites, vital records, FAQs, and links.
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. Their collection emphasizes Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio, but includes information from other areas.
For patrons who telephone, write, or email PLYMC, they will check the following sources:
- 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.
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.
- 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. Includes Northwest Territory (Ohio) papers.
- National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago) old federal court and agency records for Ohio, U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.
- Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.
- 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.
- 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. 
- 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.
- Columbus Metropolitan Library Internet history and genealogy, Sanborn maps, newspaper indexes, Columbus Historical Society, and images. (Genealogy section moved until Aug 2016).
- Dayton Metro Library, the Dayton Room has one of Ohio's best genealogical collections including books, periodicals, indexes, genealogies, and biographies.
- Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, a top genealogy and local history collection of early Ohio sources. This includes the Inland Rivers Library of the Ohio River and its tributaries (riverboat traffic between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky) in Special Collections.
- Toledo‑Lucas County Public Library, this is the place to come if you are looking for early Ohio settlers who entered Ohio via the Great Lakes and Toledo. They have Great Lakes traffic records.
- Youngstown City Health District Vital Statistics Division birth since 1909, and deaths since 1892. Includes Mahoning County.
- Mahoning County Clerk of the Courts, civil, and criminal cases.
- Mahoning County Coroner suspicious or unusual deaths.
- Mahoning County Recorder land records.
- Mahoning County Probate Court adoptions, birth, guardianships, mental commitments, name changes, probates and wills.
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Youngstown, recent civil and criminal cases.
- Columbus Historical Society memory project, recommended reading, and links.
- Mahoning Valley Historical Society Diaries, Bibles, photographs, manuscripts, deeds, wills, maps, ledgers, county and local government records, published works and ephemera.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union.
- Ohio Genealogical Society, Bellville, has the best collection of family folders in Ohio. They also have county record guides, biographies, genealogies and unique indexes to various Ohio records.
- Bowling Green State University Jerome Library local government records, and newspapers.
- Erie Lackawanna Historical Society, Cleveland, history of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Erie Railroad, Erie Lackawanna Railway, and related lines.
- Ohio University Alden Library, Athens, their excellent manuscript collection includes church records, and business records. They also have county histories, biographies, and newspapers. It is like a second state archives.
- Palatines to America German Genealogy Society Resource Center, Columbus, has an extensive collection of German immigrant ancestor files.
- Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, is strong on Ohio history and genealogy, as well as Sandusky River and Great Lakes history, U.S. history and Black studies.
- University of Akron Libraries Polsky Building one of six regional centers of Ohio records such as newspapers, printed materials, and local government records.
- University of Cincinnati Blegen Library one of six regional history centers of Ohio for records such as newspapers, printed materials, and local government records.
- Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, The Western Reserve was a large part of Ohio settled by Connecticut Revolutionary War refugees. This important collection includes original land records, as well as many genealogies, biographies, histories, and Bibles of Pennsylvania and New England. 
- Wright State University Dunbar Library, Dayton, one of six regional centers of Ohio records such as newspapers, printed materials, and local government records.
- Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor one of six regional history centers of Ohio for records such as newspapers, printed materials, and local government records.
- Repositories in surrounding states: Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia; and in Canada: Ontario.
- Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, millions of books, newspapers, periodicals, and photos about genealogy and family history, biographies, censuses, citizenship, immigration to and from Ohio and the USA, settlement, births, marriages, deaths, and divorces.