Akron-Summit County Public Library will be upgrading its computer system on Monday, August 19. The following services will be unavailable until mid afternoon:
- Library Catalog
- My Account functions
- Renewals and holds
- OneClickDigital and Zinio checkouts
- SearchOhio and OhioLINK
- Some online databases
- Internet and computer logins in the Library
There will be no public Internet or computer access in any library location Monday.
During the conversion, you may still check out items in the Library; however, you must have your library card with you because staff will not have the ability to look up your record. Library staff will be available for assistance during this transition.
Thank you for your patience as we work to bring our system up-to-date in order to serve you better.
The Summit County Agricultural Society was organized in 1849 to promote agriculture in the county. Colonel Simon Perkins was its first president. The Summit County Fair was planned as its annual event for the exhibition of the county’s agricultural products. The first fair opened on October 2, 1850 on the courthouse grounds. Produce, flowers, and home crafts were displayed inside the courthouse. Plowing contests demonstrating strength of oxen and horses were popular at early fairs. See our new display, Meet Me at the Fair, featuring photographs from 1885-1923 from the Summit County Historical Society’s collection.
The Summit County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (SCOGS) meets at the Main Library of the Akron-Summit County Public Library the third Saturday of the month, except for the months of August, November and December. Meetings generally begin at 1 pm, preceded by a board meeting and followed at 3 pm by a RootsMagic genealogy software user group meeting.
Saturday, July 20, 1-3 pm
Chris Staats will present “Unlocking The Keystone State: Key Resources and Repositories for Pennsylvania Research.” This program will offer an overview of the most commonly used Pennsylvania records, where to find them and how to use them. More and more resources are becoming available online and access to those that aren’t is easier than ever. Chris’ presentation will help open the gateway to your PA research.
Saturday, September 21, 1-3 pm
Jane Gramlich, Special Collections Division librarian, will talk about “Research in Progress: The Naturalization of John J. Hanson.” Naturalization documents are often difficult to find and understand, but FamilySearch is making it easier. Jane will present a case study of how she searched for records of an ancestor’s naturalization and what she learned in the process.
Saturday, October 19, 1-3 pm
Chapter member Roger Marble will discuss “Genealogy on Mobile Devices – Advantages and Disadvantages.” If you have an iPhone, iPad or an Android phone/tablet you may want to load your family tree on your device so you always have your information at hand. Roger will present a program that will cover some of the latest software available for genealogists who wish to have their family tree information on their phone or tablet.
In November, the Chapter will have its annual banquet.
Be sure to take a look at the Pockrandt Collection, our latest addition to Summit Memory - you just might see something you recognize. This exhibit of nearly 60 images comes from a large collection of photos donated to the Summit County Historical Society by its former president, Carl Pockrandt, now housed in Special Collections. Included are many historically significant topics such as the construction of the Cascade Plaza (at left), rare street views from the 1920s and 30s, and the Akron Beacon Journal newsroom on Pearl Harbor Day.
The newest addition to our Online Books page is Architecture of Education: Akron Public Schools, 1890-1920 by local historian Petra Knapp. Petra wrote this history of Akron school architecture in fulfillment of her Master of Arts degree in history from Youngstown State University. We are grateful to Petra for allowing us to share this fascinating history. The school at left is Grace Elementary located at Five Points.
In 2010, planning began for the creation of a national digital library which would include documents, photographs and more from libraries, museums, and archives across the country. At noon yesterday, the Digital Public Library of America went live. This single portal provides access to the digital collections of many significant repositories including the Smithsonian, National Archives, Harvard University, New York Public Library, and more. The goal of DPLA is to engage more partners, both large and small to “create an easy-to-use portal where anyone can access America’s collections and search through them using novel and powerful techniques, including by place and time.”
FamilySearch recently launched Family Tree, a new web-based family tree resource where people can search and share family history information. This new feature will permit researchers to discover ”what others have already found out about their family lines, connect and collaborate with others on shared family trees, and preserve family history information for future generations.” To learn more and to get started visit the Family Tree training website that offers online course, how-to-videos, and step-by-step training for searching and adding your own family information.
If you’re interested in the history of Green, be sure to take a look a the Green Historical Society’s digital archive. There are a number of documents describing the story of the township, its many hamlets, early families, and more. It’s an excellent local history resource that may hold the answer to your question!
If you’re looking for Summit County ancestors, don’t forget to check our Akron Beacon Journal indexes. They could point you to information that might break down a brick wall! Scroll through the pages for a specific name or subject, or just browse the entries for anything that catches your interest. This entry from the 1862 index shows that a sketch of the Simeon Prior family, submitted by Elisha Prior, appeared in the newspaper on May 29 of that year on page 1, columns 3 and 4. To request a copy of this article, or any article described in the index, contact us.