Mahoning County, Ohio Genealogy

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Guide to Mahoning County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Coordinates: 41.02°0′N 80.77°0′W / 41.02°N 80.77°W / 41.02; -80.77

Mahoning County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Mahoning County
Location in the state of Ohio, United States Genealogy
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Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Mahoning County Courthouse.jpg
Address Mahoning County Courthouse
120 Market St
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
Mahoning County Website
Phone: 330–740–2104

Mahoning County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1856 1846 1856 1795 1846 1847 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Columbiana and Trumbull counties 16 February 1846.[2]
  • County Seat: Youngstown

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named from the Mahoning river, which in turn was named from a Native American word meaning "salt lick". It's county seat is Youngstown and was founded March 1, 1846. It is located in the North-Eastern area of the state.[3]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Trumbull County  • Portage County  • Stark County  • Columbiana County  • Lawrence County, Pennsylvania  • Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Business Records and Commerce[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone

USGW Tombstones

Billion Graves

Billion Graves
OHGenWeb Tombstone Photos

Ohio Gravestones

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 23,735
1860 25,894 9.1%
1870 31,001 19.7%
1880 42,871 38.3%
1890 55,979 30.6%
1900 70,134 25.3%
1910 116,151 65.6%
1920 186,310 60.4%
1930 236,142 26.7%
1940 240,251 1.7%
1950 257,629 7.2%
1960 300,480 16.6%
1970 303,424 1.0%
1980 289,487 −4.6%
1990 264,806 −8.5%
2000 257,555 −2.7%
2010 238,823 −7.3%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.

General[edit | edit source]
  • Mahoning Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Youngstown, Ohio, Court, Church and Family Records of Mahoning and Columbiana Counties of Ohio FHL film 859777 item 7
  • Mahoning Valley Historical Society has a variety of collections of original church records including but not limited to Lutheran and Reformed congregations within the county
Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of Wooland Avenue Lutheran Church, Youngstown, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).
Society of Friends[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

See Ohio Court Records for more information about using these records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library.

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Mahoning County, Ohio Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.
Online Resources

Maps[edit | edit source]

Mercer CountyLawrence CountyColumbiana CountyStark CountyPortage CountyTrumbull CountyOH MAHONING.PNG
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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Mahoning County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Mahoning County.

- 41st Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Company F
- 105th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies A and H
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

  • Original Naturalization records for Mahoning County, Ohio are housed at the Oak Hill Renaissance Place and available for public viewing.

Oakhill Renaissance Place
345 Oakhill Avenue, Suite 102
Youngstown, OH 44502
Phone: 330-740-2110

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Mahoning County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Memory. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Online Newspapers

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Finding More Ohio Newspapers
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mahoning County Ohio newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the {{{1}}} County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records. Online Probate Records

  • 1786 - 1998 Ohio Wills and Probate Records 1786-1998 at — index and images $
  • 1789 - 1996 Ohio Probate Records 1789-1996 at — images
  • 1790–1967 - Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by browsing the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the Record Description page.
  • 1846–1899 - Original Mahoning County Probate Estate Case Packets ;are housed at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society Archive. These packets contain the original documents, with actual signatures; wills, administration applications, bonds, inventories, receipts, affidavits, and any other record needed to settle an estate. These packets are the originals.
  • ca. 1870-1905. Original Mahoning County Probate Civil Case packets are housed at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society's Archival Library. These cases include but are not limited to: civil cases, divorces, guardianships, inquests of lunacy, applications for the Worthy Blind (1904-1905), judgements, land transfers resulting from estate files, legal name changes, adoptions, etc. These are original documents with actual signatures.
  • NOTE: for Mahoning County, OH the court records currently available through Familysearch are the Transcribed Court Records, not the original Probate Estate or Probate Civil Case Packets. Transcribed court records do not usually contain original signatures, nor is every individual document transcribed by the court which pertains to that case packet. Interim and final reports and other legal documents required by the court are transcribed by a clerk from the actual documents. Frequently there are additional documents within the original case packet itself that are not deemed necessary to transcribe. Mahoning County is fortunate in that both transcribed records and original packets exist for a significant period. Human error is always a factor in transcribing records. There may also be instances where the original does not exist any longer but the transcription does. It is strongly suggested that researchers seek out both the Transcribed Records, and the Original packets where-ever possible.
Finding More Probate Records[edit source]

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mahoning County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records[edit | edit source]

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Mahoning County Courthouse
120 Market Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: 330–740–2104

Probate Court
Phone: 330-740-2310

Genealogical Resources: County marrige records; Births and Deaths 1864–1908; Guardianship; Will and estates (Wills are on film–original case packets are at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.)

Mahoning County Recorder's Office
Phone: 330-740-2345

Genealogical Resources: Land and deeds; grave registrations; soldier's discharges after 1864. Mark the envelope of your requests with Probate Office or Recorder's Office

Mahoning County Clerk of Courts
Phone: 330-740-2104

Original civil court packets/files 1871-1901 are housed at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

The main FHC for Mahoning County, Ohio is the Youngstown Ohio Family History Center.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County
305 Wick Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44503
Telephone: 330–744–8636

Genealogical resources: Newspaper film copies and indexes, directories, cemetery inscriptions database. This library is a FamilySearch Center where films can be ordered and viewed.
Museums[edit | edit source]

Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor
151 W. Wood Street
Youngstown OH 44501–0533
Phone: 330–743-5934

Genealogical resources: Mahoning County Common Pleas Court Records, Court Dockets, Deeds, Newspapers
Societies[edit | edit source]
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The Connecticut Western Reserve Genealogy  was a part of northeast Ohio originally intended for settlement by Revolutionary War refugees from Connecticut.[5] The former Connecticut Western Reserve  lands were in the modern counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Trumbull fully, but also in parts of Ashland, Mahoning, Ottawa, Summit, and Wayne counties in Ohio.

The Research Library at the Western Reserve Historical Society History Center  is the premier repository for Cleveland, Ohio and Connecticut Western Reserve history material. One of the principal strengths is its manuscript collections.[6] The WRHS collection has original land records, genealogies of New England, New York, and Pennsylvania, biographies, histories, and family Bibles.[5]

Other Societies

Mahoning County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
PO Box 9333
Youngstown, Ohio 44513-9333

The society has volunteers at the courthouse each Thursday 8am to 3pm; located in the Marriage Dept in the basement. Society members also volunteer at the Main Library Thursdays 1–4.

Mahoning Valley Historical Society
648 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, OH 44502-1289 <Telephone: 330–743-2589
Genealogical collections: The MVHS Archival Library. Original probate and civil court records 1846–1900 for Mahoning County. Collection includes diaries, Bibles, photographs, fraktur, manuscripts, deeds, wills, maps, architectural and mechanical drawings, ledgers, county and local government records, and church records in addition to other collections.

Online Genealogy Research Groups[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mahoning County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See Ohio Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Ohio.

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many did not comply. A second law occurred in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Mahoning County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954 while the Ohio Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953. In addtion, the Youngstown City Health District has births 1909 to present and deaths 1892 to present.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Mahoning County Probate Court with divorce records located with the Clerk of Court.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Indexes and Records on Microfilm

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

  • 1846-1916 - Marriage Records; Marriage Licenses, 1852-1861 - index 1852-1920 FHL films 907323 (first of 23 films)
  • 1846-1865 - Marriages, 1846-1865, Marriage Applications, 1853-1864, Births and Deaths, 1857, of Mahoning County, Ohio; Cemetery Records of Mahoning County FHL film 317439
  • 1857 - Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths FHL film 907325
Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Finding More Vital Records

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mahoning County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Websites[edit | edit source]

Mahoning County Ohio Genealogy References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mahoning County, Ohio. Page 540-547 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.
  2. WorldCat 50140092 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Mahoning County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 2/22/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Mahoning County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 27 December 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 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.
  6. Family History and Genealogical Research in Western Reserve Historical Society (accessed 11 March 2015).