With the exception of the years covered by NewsBank’s America’s News subscription database, (1985-present), most Akron Beacon Journal obituaries are not available online. To request a copy of an obituary cited in the indexes below, contact us.
To access text-only obituaries in America’s News using your ASCPL library card, go to our research databases page and click the Akron Beacon Journal link.
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.
For obituaries prior to 1937, see our Akron Beacon Journal Indexes, 1841-1939 and be sure to look under the “Deaths” subject as well as under the surname.
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. After opening an index, you may search it by clicking the binoculars icon at the left or hitting Ctrl+F and typing the last name.
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. You may also want to check the Barberton Public Library’s obituary indexes to Barberton newspapers.