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Frequent questions about research and reference

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Yes, the library does have some phone books from various portions of Ohio.   In addition to the Canton City Directory and the Canton Haines Criss Cross Directory, librarians refer to ReferenceUSA and popular web sites for reverse information.  ReferenceUSA is a popular online source for US business and residential information. 

The library has many books on the history of Stark County, including Edward Thornton Heald's six-volume The StarkCountyStory.  Another good source for information is the Stark County Engineer's Stark County History web page.

There are several books about Canton's history at the library, such as The StarkCounty Bicentennial Story, v.2. The City of Canton, Ohio: History website is another good source.

Yes.  The library has past issues of the Repository, 1815 to the present, with current issues in paper.

(Source: Decennial Census Totals and The Stark County Story by Edward Thornton Heald Vol. III)


 Year  Canton  Stark County
2010   78,924 375,586
2000   80,806 378,098
1990   84,161 367,585
1980   94,730 378,823
1970 110,053 372,210
1960 113,631 340,345
1950 116,912 283,194
1940 108,401 234,887
1930 104,906 221,784
1920   87,091 117,218
1910   50,217 122,987
1900   30,677   94,747
1890   26,000+   84,170
1880     64,031
1878   12,000  
1870    52,508
1860    42,978
1854     3,500  
1850     2,500+   39,878
1840     34,603
1830     26,588
1820     12,406
1810       2,734


For more local statistical information try the Ohio Department of Development (PDF, pg 17) or the US Census Bureau online.


(Source: Stark County Engineer)

  • Highest point - 1,360 feet above mean sea level, 1 mile northeast of Paris.
  • Lowest point - 880 feet above mean sea level, Tuscarawas River, Bethlehem Township.
  • The city of Canton, Ohio is 1,060 feet above sea level.

(Source: Topozone.com)

  • Latitude is 40.799°N
  • Longitude is 81.379°W

The Genealogy Division of Stark Library is housed in the Main Library and is located at 715 Market Ave. North, in Canton, Ohio. From I-77 take 13th St. exit and head east. (This street becomes 12th St.) At Market St. turn right and go south past 9th St. N.W. The driveway into the library's parking lot is approximately 100 feet past the light at 9th St. on the right.

The Genealogy Division is located on the second floor. Take the elevator or stairs to the second floor. Go left past the Reference desk and then left again through the double doors into the Genealogy Division. (The library has handicapped access.)

The Genealogy Division is open the same hours as the library - see Main Library hours.

The Genealogy Division provides access to local birth, death, marriage, military, and court records, plus more.

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