African American Heritage
Search records, books, serials, and other historical records specific to African Americans to trace your genealogy or to do research.
Akron Beacon Journal
Full text access to all content from 1984 to the present, except for letters to the editor, death notices and advertising.
Akron’s newspaper serving the African American Community is digitized and available for the years 1969-1999 and 2003-2016.
American Ancestors (USE IN MAIN LIBRARY ONLY)
Created and maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society this site provides a number of digital documents for researching your ancestors
Ancestry Library Edition (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
Ancestry Library Edition provides easy access to more than 10,000 genealogy databases with a single search.
The Library’s local history collections include a variety of materials pertaining to Akron and Summit County history. The Archives Catalog encompasses materials from the Special Collections Division, as well as other Main Library divisions, and the Frank E. Lawrence Collection at Tallmadge Branch Library. Additionally, the catalog includes the archival and photograph collections of the Summit County Historical Society and Summit Metro Parks.
FamilySearch Affiliate Library (USE IN LIBRARY ONLY)
The Akron-Summit County Public Library is an affiliate of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which houses millions of genealogical sources. Affiliate libraries can access select digital images of genealogical sources and records that are restricted outside the library. You will need a free FamilySearch account to search and view records.
Find My Past (USE IN MAIN LIBRARY ONLY)
Provides access to over 2 billion historical records from around the world including the largest collection of Irish records online as well as records from England, Wales, and Scotland and the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).
Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.
HeritageQuest features U. S. Census Records, 1790-1940, a digitized collection of more than 25,000 family and local history books, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874), the U.S. Serial Set, and more.
Historic Map Works
The core of the collection consists of over 1,564,517 cadastral, land ownership maps detailing the geographic and development history of the United States over several hundred years. It can be used to find historic maps from all over the world.
WorldVitalRecords.com was founded in 2006 to provide simple access to more than 4.2 billion names in family history record collections worldwide, including the US Census from 1790-1940.
Newspaper Archive Academic Library Edition
The largest historical newspaper database online, containing tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present.
Ohio Obituary Index
An index to 2,300,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Obits may be ordered from 60 partner libraries, including the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Entries for the Akron Beacon Journal are being added daily.
Polly Paffilas Recipe Index
The Polly Paffilas Recipe Index includes approximately 5,000 recipes that appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal from 1959 until 1980. Recipes may be searched by keyword, ingredient, name, category or date. To access a recipe found in the index, contact the Special Collections Division.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Detailed maps at building level for more than 400 Ohio communities from 1868 to the 1960s are provided by this database.
A digital collections website administered by the Akron-Summit County Public Library, containing images (photographs, postcards, documents) from historic collections in Summit County Ohio. View the beautiful artwork of Akron's most famous naturalist, the late Joe Jesensky, search Ohio Civil War rosters for a lost ancestor, or examine historic photographs.
World War II Database (REGULARLY UPDATED)
This database indexes the names of Summit County servicemen and servicewomen who were mentioned in the Akron Beacon Journal during World War II. Some non-military citizens and selected local articles are also included. This index provides the title, date, and page where an article can be found in the Akron Beacon Journal, which is on microfilm in the Special Collections Division.