Genealogy Services and Resources
Tracing your ancestral roots is an exciting detective saga, rebuilding the past from stories, written records, and family treasures. Did you know the Library has trained genealogy staff, access to databases, court records, the federal census, and other resources to find clues—for FREE?
Our genealogy experts are always available to assist you! Our local genealogy sources include various Stark County Courthouse records, local histories, newspapers, census, the Mormon Church (LDS), and much more. We also collect on the entire state of Ohio, as well as selected records for the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
You are welcome to stop by our Genealogy department during library hours, or you can make an appointment with a Genealogist. Appointments are 55 minutes
Using the form to make appointments helps us to understand what you'll need when you arrive and to properly prepare for your visit to make it as successful as possible.
How to Book a Genealogist
- Visit our Genealogy Department at Main Library.
- Make an appointment with a Genealogist.
- Contact our genealogy experts at 330.458.2765.
- Request Online Assistance with your tough research questions.
- Stark Memory: an online resource that connects libraries around the world, sharing documents, images, videos, and audio files. Many of these items had previously been available only in physical formats, and Stark Memory enables people anywhere to access this information!
- Historical Indexes: Every-name indexes to several major Stark County sources
- Court Offices: Stark County offices with online indexes
- Subscription Databases: Ancestry Library Edition (Available only in the Library, including the Library's wireless service), Heritage Quest, African American Heritage, and many more!
- Newspaper ARCHIVE (Ohio Collection) is a resource for historical and genealogical information. Their unique archive spans more than 400 years of family history, small-town events, world news and more.