With the exception of recent articles available on the Akron Beacon Journal’s website and the years covered by NewsBank’s America’s News subscription database (1985-present), most Akron Beacon Journal articles are not available online. To request a copy of an article cited in the indexes below, contact us.
To access text-only versions of articles in America’s News using your ASCPL library card, go to our research databases page and click the Akron Beacon Journal link.
The indexes below are in PDF, and viewing them requires the free Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you may download it here.
Due to the condition of the original indexes, these files have not been subjected to optical character recognition (OCR), so the indexes are not keyword searchable. Bookmarks have been provided to assist researchers in finding entries of genealogical interest. Please note that the list under the “deaths” subject heading does not include suicides, murders, accidents or other deaths by violence. Articles regarding such deaths are instead indexed under the person’s name. Likewise, divorces are usually found under the names of the parties involved.
Copies of some early newspapers were no longer available at the time of indexing, so there are no indexes for the years 1846-1848 and only partial indexes for some years prior to 1890.
At this time, there is still no general index to the Akron Beacon Journal for the years 1940-1984.
For obituary citations after 1939, see our Obituary Only Indexes to the Akron Beacon Journal, 1937-2012. You may also search for Akron Beacon Journal obituary citations using the Hayes Research Library’s Ohio Obituary Index . So far, we have added entries for the years 1841-1889, 1891-1893, 1896, 1898-1902, 1940-1961, 1980-1984 and 2013-present to the database. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer indexer, contact us and ask for Cheri Goldner.
Select years of other Summit County newspapers have been digitized. GenealogyBank.com includes the Summit County Beacon from 1877-1889. While you need a personal subscription to read complete articles online, you may search the database without a subscription to find citations for articles that can then be accessed using our microfilm. In addition, the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America project provides free access to many issues of the the Akron Daily Democrat from May 1, 1899-December 31, 1902.