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    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 currently includes records up through January 31, 1943. World War II Database
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  • Summit County Myths Wiki

    Find out if that rumor, myth or legend about Akron or Summit County Ohio is true - visit the Summit County Myths Wiki.

The War of 1812 in Ohio

The Spring 2012 issue of Ohio Genealogy News includes articles about researching Ohio ancestors who served in the War of 1812.  Derek S. Davey writes about using soldier rosters, service records, pension records, and bounty land records in his article “The War of 1812 in Ohio: Finding Ancestors Who Served.”  There is also a guide to Ohio libraries and historical societies that have War of 1812 resources.  Eric Johnson’s article provides an explanation of “odd battalions” of the war.  Ohio Genealogy News is published quarterly by the Ohio Genealogical Society.  Issues can be read in the Special Collections Division.

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