• 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.


Local Genealogical Sites of Interest

Barberton Public Library’s Index to Obituaries  http://www.barbertonlibrary.org/Local_History_Room/Obituary_Indexes-2
The indexes are online and you can request copies to be sent to you.

City of Hudson’s cemetery records
This interactive map allows you to search for graves in Hudson’s Markillie and St. Mary’s cemeteries by last name.

Cleveland City Cemetery Index
Cemetery registers for cemeteries owned by the City of Cleveland up through the 1990s.

Cleveland Public Library
Need to find a reference to a Cleveland area death? Try the Cleveland Necrology File, 1850-1975, on CPL’s site. Compiled by staff, this resource combines cemetery records and newspaper death notices. If the death you are researching is post 1975, try their Cleveland News Index.

FamilySearch – Ohio Death Certificates
Search Ohio death certificates from Dec. 20, 1908-1953. You must create a free account to view images of the original records.

Hayes Presidential Center’s Obituary Index
An index to over 2,200,000 Ohio obituaries, death and marriage notices, and other sources dating from the 1810s to the present day. Entries are contributed by 60 libraries from 40 counties, many of them in northern Ohio.

Historic Glendale Cemetery(formerly Akron Rural Cemetery)
Burials are searchable from 1965 through February 2013. Earlier records are in the process of being added.

Hudson Library and Historical Society

The Hudson Library and Historical Society’s collection of genealogical materials focuses on Ohio and the eastern United States. They also maintain one of the largest manuscript collections in the U.S. about abolitionist John Brown. Check out their website for a description of the many resources held by our neighbor library.

NEO-RLS Regional Library System Obituary Index
An index to obituaries from seven newspapers in northeast Ohio. Entries are contributed by six library systems from five counties.

Ohio Genealogical Society
Search this site to discover more about area chapters, lineage societies, and upcoming events and conferences. The site also provides information about the OGS’ own library in Mansfield, Ohio. Databases on this site are available to members only.

Ohio Historical Society
Genealogists will find the online version of the Ohio Death Certificate Index, 1913-1937, a helpful aid. The ASCPL Main Library maintains the microfilm version of this index covering the years 1908-1932 and 1938-1944.

Soldier’s Home of Dayton
This site provides access to burial records and partial register of former patients of the old National Soldiers Home located in Dayton, Ohio.

Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
Find out how you can network with this local chapter of the OGS to make the most of your research efforts.

Summit County Clerk of Courts – Naturalization Records 1850-1991
Looking for citizenship papers for a Summit County Ancestor? These records are now available on-line.

Summit County Probate Court’s Case Access
The Summit County Probate Court has mounted three searchable indexes. The General Index contains docket information for cases that were opened since 1999 but are now closed. Confidential information is not included. The Historical Index has reference information for Estates, Guardianships, and Trusts filed from 08/18/87 through 12/28/99. The Historical Marriage Index contains information about marriage licenses filed from 01/01/80 through 12/28/99.

University of Akron Archives
Can the University of Akron Archives help you in your genealogical search? Learn more about their Regional History Collections and other resources.

Western Reserve Historical Society
Looking for information on prominent Clevelanders? Visit this site to explore the Biographical Sketch Name Index in the Collections section of the website. You can also search their online catalog to learn more about their holdings.

General Genealogical Sites of Interest

Board for Certification of Genealogists
Would you like to hire a certified genealogist? Would you like to become certified? Find out more about both at this website.

Cyndi Howells has created over 150 categories of genealogical resources available on the Internet. This is a terrific place to begin an Internet search.

Family Search
Visit this site to search multiple free resources such as Ancestral File, the International Genealogical Index, and Pedigree Resource File. This site also allows you to find the nearest Family History Library.

National Archives and Records Administration
This is the direct link to NARA’s “Research Room.” At this site, you can learn how to obtain such records as ship passenger lists or pension records as well as connect to the Genealogy and Family History page.

National Genealogical Society
Information regarding this organization’s courses, events, and publications are available online.

This is a free site supported by Ancestry that serves to connect genealogy researchers using its many message boards and surname research list. The Social Security Death Index and other databases are also available on the site.

The USGenWeb Project
A volunteer effort, the USGenWeb Project can be your “county” resource. The county pages may contain information on how and where to write for vital records, transcribed local records, researchers local to the areas, and contact information and holdings for the local libraries and societies. Content will vary among the different county pages.

Vital Records Information
This site is specifically designed to provide instructions on how to order birth, death, marriage, and divorce records in the United States.

West Virginia Vital Records
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has made available digital versio of birth, marriage and death records. Registered users can search these records and view images of the actual documents. Registration is free.

Immigration and Naturalization Sites

Castle Garden
America’s first Immigration Center, served 10 million immigrants from 1830 to 1892. many of their records are now available online.

Ellis Island
Ellis Island was the primary immigration center of the United States of America from 1892 through 1924. Records of the over 12 million immigrants are available through the passenger search mechanism

Summit County Clerk of Courts – Naturalization Records 1850-1991
Looking for citizenship papers for a Summit County Ancestor? These records are now available on-line.

Military Records Sites

American Battle Monuments Commission
Burial information for WWI and WWII servicemen buried in cemeteries overseas; names of those memorialized on Tablets of the Missing in cemeteries and on memorials in the U.S.; servicemen killed worldwide during the Korean War; and burial information of the war dead and veterans of the Mexican War, Civil War, and those of the Spanish-American War who are buried at the commission’s cemeteries in Corozal, Panama and Mexico City.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System
The National Park Service oversees this site which currently contains the records of more than 6 million soldiers of both the Union and Confederate Armies. Battle information, regiment histories, and other information are also included on the website.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator (Veterans)
The United State Department of Veterans Affairs maintains this site of veteran burials in military cemeteries and in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) National GravesRegistration Project
Cemetery transcriptions of Civil War veterans that have been verified and submitted by researchers from within and without the Order.

Ohio Veterans’ Home Cemetery – Sandusky
This site provides access to the burial information of the Sandusky Veterans Home. Once in the site, click on Sandusky and then OVH cemetery. Date of death, grave location, and photo of headstone provided.

Soldier’s Home of Dayton
This site provides access to burial records and partial register of former patients of the old National Soldiers Home located in Dayton, Ohio.

Preserving Your Family Documents and Photographs

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
Click on “Caring for your treasures” for advice about caring for everything from photographs and books to furniture and architecture.

Library of Congress
Expert advice for preserving works on paper is offered under “Caring for your collections”.

National Archives
The keeper of our Nation’s treasures provides suggestions for the preservation and care of documents and audiovisual materials.


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