• Welcome!

    The Special Collections Division houses the genealogy and local history materials of the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Our goal is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the history of Summit County, and to continue to maintain one of the area’s most extensive genealogy collections.

  • Local History Database

    The database contains references to the Library's local history collections as well as the Summit County Historical Society's collections. Search the index to the collections.
  • Summit Memory

    Visit the online scrapbook of Summit County History at www.SummitMemory.org
  • Summit County World War II News Index

    This database indexes the names of Summit County servicemen and servicewomen who were named in the Akron Beacon Journal during World War II. Some non-military names are also included. This database is currently updated through June 30, 1943. World War II Database
  • Ohio Obituary Index

    Search for obituary citations from select Ohio newspapers, including the Akron Beacon Journal, using the Ohio Obituary Index.

Summit County Vital Records on FamilySearch

Three new Ohio databases at FamilySearch contain Summit County vital records: Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821 – 1962, Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854 – 1997, and Ohio Marriages, 1800 – 1958. These databases are indexes and contain some, but not all, abstracted information from the record. Keep in mind, too, that all indexes and abstracts may contain mistakes.

While the database information is compiled from many different sources, it is possible to find the original source for the record. If you find a record you’re interested in, look for the source film number. Copy that number, then access the Family History Library catalog. From the drop-down menu under “search,” choose “film numbers” and paste the number into the search box. If the results show the record coming from the Summit County Probate Court, you may be able to get a copy of the original record from us. Check our correspondence guidelines and contact us at speccollections@akronlibrary.org.

The FamilySearch database Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950 includes digital images of records, but does not currently appear to include marriages taking place in Summit County.  However, that may change as the collection is only 76% complete.


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