• 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.

Obituary Only Indexes to the Akron Beacon Journal

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, 1898-1904, 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.

1937-39 1980 1997 2010
1940-45 1981 1998  2011
1946-50 1982 1999  2012
1951-56 1983 2000 2013- 
1957-61 1984 2001
1962-79 A-C 1985-89 2002
1962-1979 D-H 1990 2003
1962-1979 I-L 1991 2004
1962-1979 M-N 1992 2005
1962-1979 O-R 1993 2006
1962-1979 S 1994 2007
1962-1979 T-W 1995 2008
1962-1979 X-Z 1996 2009

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.


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