What’s New February 2020 Edition

Thanks for stopping by the Stark Library Genealogy Tree talk blog. Today we are featuring new Italian  Research Books added to our collection.


Bolzan, Rev. Louis, C. S. “Memories of an Italian Parish: A History of the Sacred Heart Italian Church of Cincinnati, Ohio

Carmack, Sharon Debartolo, (1997). “Italian-American Family History: A Guide to Researching and Writing About Your Heritage.” Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc: Baltimore. index (1)

Corradini, Ferdinando. (2004). “Di Arce in Terra di Lavoro” Vols. 1-4. Ferdinano Corradini: Arce.

Dell’Omo, Mariano. (1999). “Montecassino Un’abbazia nella storia” Pubblicazioni Cassinesi: Montecassino.

Fraioli, Romeo. (1999). “Bernardo Nardone: Un Rivoluzionario Di Terra Di Lavoro“. Arce.

Fraioli, Romeo. (2004). “Le agitazioni Agrarie In Terra Di Lavoro Nel 1920.

Oxford Univeristy Press. (2001).”Oxford paravia Il dizionario Inglese Italiano-Italiano Inglese“. Oxford University Press. index

Zavarella, Art, P. E. (1999). “Farewell to Youth: Reflections of My Village in Central Italy.” Vantage Press: New York.

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What’s New November 2019 Edition

Thanks for stopping by this edition of Genealogy Tree Talk @ Stark Library. Today we are featuring some new books to the collection.

Family History


Campbell, Jim. compiler. “The descendants of James Campbell : early settler in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania / a record compiled largely from data collected by Glen Harold Campbell author of ‘The Campbells are coming”

Children’s Genealogy Books

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Gagne, Tammy. (2012). Using Technology to Find Your Family History. Mitchell Lane:Hockessin.





Leavitt, Caroline. (2017). The Kid’s Family Tree Book. Sterling Children’s Book: New York.





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Hinman, Bonnie. (2012). Basic Genealogy for Kids. Mitchell Lane:Hockessin.



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Resler, T. J. (2018). Guide to Genealogy. National Geographic:Washington D.C.





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Vickers, Rebecca. (2014). Every Person has a History. Heinemann Library: Chicago.





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Wolfman, Ira. (2002). Climbing Your Family Tree. Workman Publishing: New York.


United States



Van Tassel, David D. and John J. Grabowski, editors. (1987). The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Indiana University Press:Bloomington.

(1988). Memorial Record of Cuyahoga and City of Cleveland Ohio. Whipporwill Publications.

Stark County

Yoder, Elmer. (2005). The Amish & Mennonites of Northern Stark County. Stark County Mennonite & Amish Historical Society: Hartville.


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What’s New October 2019 Edition

Thanks for stopping by this edition of Genealogy Tree Talk @ Stark Library. Today we are featuring some new books to the collection.


Family History


Hoot, Paul V. Compiler,(2000-2002). “The Horning Chronicals Vol 1-4“. Paul V. Hoot:              Selingsgrove.


Jacobson, Judy (2009). “History for Genealogist: Using Chronological Time Lines to find and Understand Your Ancestors.” Clearfield: Baltimore.




The Lycoming Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (2001). “Patriots of Valor: Saluting our American Revolution Soldiers, Sailors and Patriots”…A Millenium Project.“Daughters of the American Revolution. 


Photos and Postcard Collection

Real Photo Postcard of Uniontown High School. (Click the link to the view the photo on our Genealogy @ Stark Library Flickr page.


United States


Stark County

Plain Township Historical Society, Compiler (2017). “And the Story Continues Vol. 1-2: A look at Plain Township (Stark County, Ohio) History”. Plain Township Historical Society.

Canton Preservation Society, Compiler. “Landmarks” Calendars 1985-1993. Canton Preservation Society; Canton.

Humbert, Gordon. (1961).  “A Collection of School Histories: Canton Public Schools”.



Bedford County

Johnstone, Beverly Eberstole, compiler. “Messiah Lutheran Church Records 1869-1906, Dutch Corner, Bedford County PA.” .

Huntingdon County 

Joint Committee of the Huntingdon Presbytery and Huntingdon County Historical Society ,comps. (1974).”Presbyterian Church of Shaver’s Creek Manor at Manor Hill, Pennsylvania on the Occassion of the 150th Anniversary of the Stone Church 1823-1973” Huntingdon County Historical Society: Petersburg.

Wheland, Linnaria B. (1997). “Guide to Huntingdon County, Pa. Cemeteries” Huntingdon County Historical Society: Petersburg.

Wheland, Linnaria B. (1988). “The Lost and Forgotten Cemeteries of Huntingdon County, Pa.” Huntingdon County Historical Society: Petersburg.



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Out of the Box: The Smith’s, the Russell’s and a Photograph…

It is pretty safe to say as a genealogist as some point we have all gone through a stack of pictures and wished someone had just written down who the individual(s) were in the picture. This is partly one of those cases.

While going through a packet of pictures that had been donated,  there was a photograph of two ladies and three children. All dressed nicely and standing in front of some kind of a wooden structure. There was no date on the picture (which is not unsual), but based on the type of photograph it was and the dress they were wearing  it was estimated to be taken ca. 1900. Upon further investigation on the back of the photograph there were five names written! YES! Now armed with some idea of when the photo was taken and a few names, one of which was Zipporah (not all that common), the search began to answer the question..were these two women related?

A deep dive into our collection that included searching census records, county histories, marriage records, cemetery inscriptions, and court record the missing pieces of the puzzle slowly came together to reveal that the two ladies in the photograph (Zipporah and Agnes Smith) were related! They were sister-in laws.



Zipporah Jane Wallace b. 11 December 1872 in Ross Twp., Jefferson Co., Ohio and d. 21 January 1909 in Blomingdale, Jefferson Co., Ohio. She was married to Charles J. Smith, 4 July 1872.

Children of Charles and Zipporah

  1. Verda
  2. Elvira
  3. Newil
  4. Opal Marie b. 3 November 1899 in Jefferson Co., Ohio; d. 7 March 1999 in Uniontown, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania; m. Clarence Anderson Buchanan
  5. Agnes Pearl b. 1903 in Ohio; d. 27 July 1980 in Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan; m. Claybourn Wright.


Agnes Ann Smith b. 29 December 1876 in Brush Creek, Jefferson Co., Ohio and d. 7 June 1929 in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio. She was married to Albert Russell, 19 October 1905 in Chester, Hancock Co., West Virginia.


Children of Albert and Agnes

  1. Olive S. b. 10 Oct 1906 in Chester, Hancock Co., West Virginia; d. 22 March 1988 in Carroll Co., Ohio; m. Lewis Carman 1 September 1926 in Brook Co., West Virginia.
  2. Herman Clark b. 2 August 1909 in Chester, Hancock Co., West Virginia; d. 28 May 1986 in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio; m. Mildred K. Murphy, 26 December 1934 in Stark Co., Ohio.
  3. Irma Luella b. 10 November 1910 in West Virginia; d. 18 November 1981 in Westminster, Orange Co., California; m. Fred Sebring Murphy.
  4. Oleta Agnes b. 1 May 1916 in Chester, Hancock Co., West Virginia.

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What’s New September 2019 Edition

Thanks for stopping by the Genealogy Tree Talk @ Stark Library. Today we are featuring some of the new items to our collection. To learn more about each of these resources click the link too connect to our catalog.

How To

Dunn, Michael. (2015). “A Beginners Guide to Online Genealogy: Learn how to Trace Your Family History and Discover Your Roots”. Adams Media: Avon.

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United States


Ports, Michael A. (2015). “Baltimore County, Maryland Marriage Licenses“.Clearfield: Baltimore. (1795-1851) index


Skinner, V. L. (Jr.) (2018). “Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland: Kent County Volume I, II, III.” Clearfield, Baltimore.


Skinner, V. L, Jr. (2018). “Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Volume I, II, III.” Clearfield, Baltimore.

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New York

Bunker, Mary Powell, (1976). “Long Island Genealogies.” Clearfield, Baltimore.




McCartney, Martha W. (2012). “Jamestown People to 1800: Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, and Native Leaders“. Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore.

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What’s New June 2019 Edition

Thanks for stopping by the Stark Library Genealogy Tree Talk Blog. We have some new items to the collection that will help in your family research. Check them out below.

How To:

Board for Certification of Genealogists. (2019). “Genealogy Standards” 2nd Edition. Ancestry.com:Nashville. index (3)


Revolutionary War

Crowder, Jack Darrell. (2018). “Women Patriots in the American Revolution: Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Compassion“. Clearfield:Baltimore.

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United States:

Koerner, Gustav. (2010). “The German Element in NorthEast: Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey & New England“. Clearfield:Baltimore.

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Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thorton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis. (2002). “Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire”. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc:Baltimore.index (5)

Thode, Ernest. (2017). The Swiss Pioneers of Southeastern Ohio: The Re-Discovered 1819 Settlemetns of Jacob Tisher, Baron Rudolph de Steiguer, & Ludwig Gall (plus John Joseph Labarthe in Lousiana). Clearfield:Baltimore

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Koerner, Gustav. (2011). “The German Element in the Ohio Valley: Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.” Clearfield: Baltimore. index (2)


(1988). “Trinity Lutheran Church Canton, Ohio 1838-1988: Celebrating 150 years of ministry…

(1993). “Trinity Lutheran Church”




Dunn, Richard. Editor. (2018). “Warwick County, Virginia Court Records in Transcription 1782-1851” second edition. Clearfield:Baltimore.



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Discover Fold3 @ Stark Library

Thank you for stopping by this weeks Stark Library’s Tree Talk Tuesday blog. Today we have a guest blogger who will introduce us to the library’s new databases Fold3.

One of the newest databases offered by Stark Library is Fold3. Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. This database is perfect for those looking to discover their family’s or communities military history (SCDL, 2019). Fold3 has military records for every military conflict the United States was involved in from the Revolutionary War to the Iraq War. Some of the interesting records that can be found on Fold3 include military registration papers, service records, group records, pension records, homestead records, letters, photos, personal documents, and many other records.

Fold3 also offers many non-military records that can also be helpful to your genealogical research. Some of the non-military records included on Fold3 include Census records, City directories, Homestead records, Newspapers, Passport applications, the Social Security Death Index, Town Records, Vital Records, and many more. Lastly, Fold3 even has an International collection with military documents from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Japan, and many other locations. So, check out Fold3 offered by the Stark County District Library today to start to uncover your family’s or communities military history.


Stark County District Library (SCDL). 2019. Database description about Fold3. https://starklibrary.org/home/search-options/databases-a-z.

Fold3. 2019. https://www.fold3.com/.


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Out of the Box: Ira J. Pierong

Thank you for stopping by the SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog. Today, we are featuring a photograph that was recently donated to us. We have now added it the Cantonians Album on the Genealogy Dept. Flickr page.



Ira John Pierong was b. 30 November 1878 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio. He was the eldest son of Almon H. Pierrong and Lettie Dsyer.  The Almon Pierong family is listed as living at 246 S. Poplar St. in Canton in 1880. In 1892 Ira’s father passes away and the family can then be found living at 15 Elgin Ave. Ira is listed as being a student in the 1893 Canton City Directory and in 1895  he listed as working for S. V. Courtney.  By 1904 Ira, his mother Lettie and his brother Louis all had moved to Cleveland, Ohio.  Around 1909, Ira was untied in marriage to Lucille (possible maiden name Evans). Lucille was b. ca. 1883 in Illinois.  Ira d. 6 August 1911 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio from Typhoid Fever. After his death his was brought back to Canton by train and buried in West Lawn Cemetery.  Ira’s brother and mother both remained in Cleveland until their deaths.


1880, U.S. Federal Census, Canton, Stark, Ohio; Roll: 1067; Page 370 B;, Enumeration District: 137.
The Burch Directory Co., compiler, Canton City, Ohio Directory, Canton: Burch Directory Co., 1893-1896. 
The Cleveland Directory Co., compiler, The Cleveland Directory. Cleveland Directory Co., 1904-1905.
1910 U.S. Federal Census, Cleveland Ward 21, Cuyahoga, Ohio; Roll T624-1174; Page 6A; Enumeration Dsitrict 0318.
Stark County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, compiler. “Cemetery Inscriptions Stark County, Ohio Vol. VII”, Stark County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society, Canton, 1986.
Stark County, Ohio  Probate Court Records of Birth 1867-1908, “Ira J. Pierong” Vol. 2, p. 160.
Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate no. 41892 (1911), Ira John Pierong.
Find A Grave, “Ira John Pierong”, https: www.findagrave.com/memorial/157133490
Ira J. Pierong, obituary, “Canton Repository” 8 August 1911, p. 7


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What’s New October 2018 Edition

Thanks for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog. We have some new items to the collection that will help in your family research. Check them out below.


Gutherie, Jason G., prepared by. (2002). Measuring America The Decennial Censuses from 1790-2000. U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau: Washington.

How To…

Aulicino, Emily D. (2014). Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond. AuthorHouse LLC: Bloomington. Genetic Genealogy



Clifford, Karen, AG. (1998). Becoming An Accredited Genealogist. Ancestry: Salt Lake City. Accred

Hendrickson, Nancy. (2003). Finding Your Roots Online. Betterway: Cincinnati.





Morgan, George G. and Drew Smith. (2014). Advanced Genealogy Research and Techniques. McGraw Hill: New York.   *Also Available as a EbookAdvanced


Revolutionary War-

House, Charles J., comp. (1967). Names of Soldiers of the American Revolution (From Maine) Who Applied for State Bounty Under Resolves of March 17, 1835, March 24, 1836, and March 20, 1836, as Appears of Record in Land Office. Clearfield: Baltimore.



Rowlands, John & Shelia. (2013). The Surnames of Wales. Genealogical Publishing Co.: Baltimore.





Burke, James L and Donald E. Bensch. (1975). Mount Pleasant and The Early Quakers of Ohio. The Ohio History Society: Columbus.




Chater, Kathy.  (2003). How to Trace Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Hermes House:London.

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United States:

(1979). History Anniversary Album: A survey of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America and its parishes in the Untied States and Canada. Romanian Orthodox episcopate of America: Jackson.


Albrecht, Kirk. T. Challenge and opportunity: The Buckeye Council Story. Sipp-O-Lodge #377: Canton.


Audretsch, Robert W., Comp and Editor. (1976). The Salem, Ohio 1850 Women’s Rights Convention Proceedings. Salem Area Bicentennial Committee and the Salem Public Library: Salem.


Brown, Jeffrey D. and Raymond D. Fete. (1988).  Meyers Lake: A Second Look. Daring Books: Canton.

Khourey, Louise Nader, comp. (1991). Recollections of the Stark County Lebanese-American Club 1933-1991.

Miller, Evie Cunningham. (1988). Fifty-Forty The Canton Baptist Temple Story.

St. Louis Church: Centennial of the Dedication of the present Church 1876-1976. 




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What’s New September 2018 Edition

Thanks for stopping by this weeks SCDL Tree Talk Tuesday Blog. We have some new items to the collection that will help in your family research. Check them out below.

How To…

Crowe, Elizabeth Powell. (2015). Genealogy Online Tenth Edition. McGraw Hill Education: New York. genealoyg online


United States:


Bowersox, Charles A. Hon., Ed. (1920). A Standard History of Williams County, Ohio Vol. II. The Lewis Publishing Company: Chicago and New York.

Williams County Ohio

Landis, Lauren (2017). Index to Stark County, Ohio Naturalization Records 1860-1903. Stark County District Library:Canton.

Pond, Mandy Altimus. (2017). Early Massillon and Lost Kendal. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston.



Stanitz, Jim. comp. (2017). Baptisms Recorded at the First United church of Christ Canton, Ohio. Stark County District Library: Canton.

Tolin, Paula. (2003). Magnolia Ohio Area Historical Society Historic Walking Tour. Magnolia Area Historical Society: Magnolia.


West Virginia

Atkinson, Geo. W., A.M. (2018). History of Kanawha County, From It’s Organization in 1789 Until the Present Time; Embracing Accounts of early Settlements, and Thrilling Adventures with Indians, Derived from History and Aged Citizens. ForgottenBooks.




Herber, Marck. (2004). Ancestral Trails: The Complete Guide to British Genealogy and Family History. Genealogical Publishing Company: Baltimore.


Uncapher, Wendy K. (2000). Lands of the German Empire and Before. Origins: Janesville.



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