• 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 February 28, 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.

Census Resources

The Federal Population Schedule of the 1940 census is available and is now fully indexed and searchable by name in Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition.  The 1940 Census Community Project has also completed its volunteer indexing project, and it is available on Archives.com, FindMyPast.com and FamilySearch.org.  If you are unable to find someone with a search, you can find the enumeration district in which they lived and then browse the census pages in that district until you find them.  See our 1940 Census Research research guide for details.

The library provides free access to Federal Population Schedules from 1790 to 1930 through two databases:  Ancestry Library Edition, which is available from within any Akron-Summit County Public Library, and Heritage Quest, which is available from any library as well as from any computer with internet access using an ASCPL card.  Instructions for accessing Heritage Quest remotely are available.  Some census records are also inlcuded in the Fold3 and World Vital Records databases.  All databases may be accessed using the links on our Research Databases page.

Special Collections also has several non population schedules for Summit County available on microfilm. Links to online indexes to these schedules are provided below. If you find a name in an index and would like to request copies of the pages pertaining to that person, contact us.

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