• 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.

Ancestry Offers FREE Access to 1930 Census Records

Ancestry.com is offering FREE access to its 1930 United States Federal Census records through Monday, February 20.  Discover the lives of your family 82 years ago and learn the following: names of members of each household, marriage information, occupation, and more.  Remember that you can access our subscription to Ancestry Library Edition from any Akron-Summit County Public Library location.

Household names, including brothers and sisters or children
Marriage details, including years and birthplaces that can lead to a birth or marriage certificate
Information about occupations, military service, citizenship and more

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