Local Records

Records of genealogical value can be scattered throughout a community. This treasure hunt can add some fun and frustration to your research efforts. Listed below are some documents, links to online records and contact information for other repositories of local records.

Local RecordsPDF
Cemetery Records of Summit County Research Guide pdfsymbol
Summit County Veterans’ Burials Card File Collection pdfsymbol
Edwin Shaw Hospital - Briar Hill Cemetery Records Collection pdfsymbol
Mount Peace Cemetery, Akron, Ohio - Interment Records, 1880-1916  
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Springfield Township Cemetery Transcriptions pdfsymbol
St. Vincent Cemetery Transcriptions pdfsymbol
Summit County Index to Ohio State Penitentiary Prisoner Registers, 1840-1938 pdfsymbol
Summit County Naturalization Records from the Summit County Clerk of Courts  
Ohio Death Certificates (1908-1953) are available for free from Family Search  
Ohio Death Certificates (1954-1963) are available for $7 from Ohio History Connection  
Maps and Atlases of Akron and Summit County are available from Summit Memory's Online Map Room  

Contact information for other Records and Research Facilities can be found on our Records and Research Facilities PDF.

Family History Center Affiliate

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is an Affiliate Library of the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This affiliate status allows ASCPL card holders to borrow microfilm directly from the Genealogical Society of Utah. Many resources held by the library in Salt Lake City have been microfilmed and are available for loan for a small fee. The holdings of the Family History Center Library may be searched via their libary catalog:

The cost to borrow a reel of microfilm is $7.50. You order and pay online in a few easy steps. The first step is to create a free account with Family Search. If you already have an account, simply go to their film ordering page:, and sign in. The rest is easy, much like ordering from any online vendor. Once the film arrives, you will receive an email notification that it is available to be used here in Special Collections.

For more information, please contact the Special Collections Division at 330.643.9030 or email us.

Census Resources

The library provides free access to Federal Population Schedules from 1790 to 1940 through three databases: Ancestry Library Edition, which is available from within any Akron-Summit County Public Library, as well as Heritage Quest and My Heritage / World Vital records, which are available from any library or any computer with internet access using an ASCPL card. All databases may be accessed using the links on our Research Databases page.

Special Collections also has several non-population schedules for Summit County available on microfilm. Links to online indexes to these schedules are provided below. If you find a name in an index and would like to request copies of the pages pertaining to that person, contact us.

To view a PDF on the web, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application installed.

Census TitlesPDF
Summit County Agricultural Census of 1850 pdfsymbol
Summit County Agricultural Census of 1870 pdfsymbol
Summit County Industrial Census of 1850 pdfsymbol
Summit County Industrial Census of 1860 pdfsymbol

Akron Beacon Journal Obituary Indexes (1937 - present)

Below are Obituary indexes to the Akron Beacon Journal, 1937-present. The indexes contain names of deceased individuals and the date(s) their obituaries were published in the Akron Beacon Journal. To request a copy of an obituary cited in the indexes, please contact us. For obituaries prior to 1937, see our Akron Beacon Journal Subject Indexes (1841-1939). You may also want to check the Barberton Public Library's obituary indexes to Barberton newspapers.

Text-only versions of Akron Beacon Journal articles 1984-present are available with an ASCPL library card through NewsBank. You may also search the Akron Beacon Journal 1940-2016 through, but must have a private subscription to view articles.

To view the index files, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader application installed. After opening an index, you may use your viewer's find function by pressing Ctrl+F and typing the last name.


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