• 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 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.

Save The Date

Don’t forget to register for our genealogy program, “Discovering Your English and Irish  Ancestors” which will take place on Saturday, October 4th from 9:30-4:30 in our Main Library Auditorium. Internationally known lecturer and professional genealogist Paul Milner will be teaching us about English parish registers, researching maps and gazetteers of the British Isles, Irish families coming to America, […]

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Speaker Event Reminder!

Author Ken Bindas at Main Library on Wednesday May 7, 6:30 pm Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas, Professor & Chairperson of History at Kent State University is the editor of the recently published book, The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939. This book tells the story of the CCC’s construction of the […]

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Get Published! A Workshop for Writers & Illustrators

Are you thinking of writing and publishing your family history? Many of our class attendees have requested sessions or programs on how to publish a book. Consider taking advantage of the Library’s FREE program, Get Published! A Workshop for Writers & Illustrators on Saturday, April 26, 12:30-4 pm. Topics geared toward first-time authors include working with publishers, self-publishing, and […]

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Save the Date

Author Ken Bindas at Main Library on Wednesday May 7, 6:30 pm Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas, Professor & Chairperson of History at Kent State University is the editor of the recently published book, The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939. This book tells the story of the CCC’s construction of […]

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Save The Date!

“Discovering Your English and Irish Ancestors” Set for Sat., Oct.  4, 9:30-4:30 Special Collections and the Summit County Chapter of OGS are bringing internationally known genealogist Paul Milner to Akron for an all-day program at Main Library. Paul will speak on English parish registers, English parish chest records, using maps, gazetteers and directories in British Isles […]

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March Genealogy Classes

There’s still time to register for March genealogy classes. Using Ancestry in Your Genealogy Research - just a few spaces left Saturday, March 1, 2014, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Main Library, Computer Lab 2 With more than 8,000 databases and 200 billion images, Ancestry is the premier online genealogy resource–and it’s available to you for free […]

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2014 GENEALOGY CLASSES START JANUARY 4TH

Is researching your family tree one of your New Year’s resolutions?  Join us on Saturday mornings for one or more of our popular genealogy classes.  Our beginning class, Getting Started in Family History will be held on Saturday, January 4 at 10:00 in Meeting Room 2AB on the High Street Level of Main Library.  For more […]

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2014 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference

The 2014 annual conference of the Ohio Genealogical Society will be held April 30 through May 3 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.  This year’s theme, “GenEx2014″ or Genealogical Expedition draws from the perspective of providing a unique and adventuresome experience for conference attendees to help them on their genealogical hunts.  Registration information and […]

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FRIDAY IS LATE NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY

Don’t forget – this Friday, November 1 is our annual Late Night at the Library.  Join the Special Collections Division and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society for an evening of genealogy research.  The Main Library will close at its regular time of 6 pm but will reopen for genealogists from 6:30 […]

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LATE NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY 2013

Join the Special Collections Division and the Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society for an evening of genealogy research.  On Friday, November 1, 2013 the Main Library will close at its regular time of 6 pm but will reopen for genealogists from 6:30 to 10:30 pm.  Mingle with fellow researchers as you uncover […]

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