Thank you for your interest in the Local & Family History Department of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Although our collection’s primary focus is on Hancock County, we also have materials from many other Ohio counties as well as other states. Most of the collection is non-circulating and must be viewed within the library. To search for a particular title, please visit the library’s catalog at the top of this page.

For more information, please browse the following links. Research requests and inquiries regarding the collection may be directed to  A research request form is available by clicking here: Research and Request Form (PDF)

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Genealogy/Yearbook Digital Collection

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Hancock County Genealogical Society

The Hancock County Chapter, OGS, a chapter of Ohio Genealogical Society since 1979.

Hancock County OGS website

Hancock County OGS Facebook Page

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Hancock County Obituary Index (This information is also available in the Ohio Obituary Index below.)

Hancock County Obituary Index (click here)

Findlay-Hancock County Public Library has joined the Ohio Obituary Index, a collaborative project of the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio, and more than 60 Ohio public libraries.  Please visit the Ohio Obituary Index to search for obituary citations.  The original Hancock County Obituary Index will remain online, but will no longer be updated or corrected as of August 2011. 






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Hancock Historical Museum

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Local & Family History Files List

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Local and Family History

Library staff are available to direct you to resources and to demonstrate the use of equipment and Online Reference Collections during your visit to assist you with your Local and Family History needs. 

  • If you or your group would like a tour of our Local & Family History collection or will be using our resources for a class project, please call 419-422-1712 for assistance.

Research Request Guidelines

Collection Highlights:
FHCPL has joined the Ohio Obituary Index!  Please visit the Ohio Obituary Index to search for obituaries.  The original Hancock Obituary Index will remain online, but will no longer be updated or corrected as of August 2011.

Birth, Death & Marriage Indexes
Cemetery Indexes
City Directories
High School Yearbooks
Family Histories
Local History
Newspaper Index (limited availability)
Newspapers-local (Mid-1800s to present)
Obituary Index (Hancock County)
Ohio Census
Passenger Lists (including Germans to America)
Vital Records: Birth, Death and Will Indexes

Online Forms and Charts
Common forms and charts are available within the library and online at the following sites. Group Sheet Pedigree Chart Source Sheet
Census Forms (by year)
Cyndi's List Form Resources

Family History File
We have research files for many local families. They are located in the filing cabinets behind the Genealogy Desk.

The Hancock L-LIST SERV

Join Hancock-L and share your research with others via e-mail:

Military History

The library has quite a large selection of military finding aids. The Civil War Rosters are at the Hancock County Historical Museum. Some of the titles include:

DAR patriots Index Vol. I,II, III and supplements
Index to Revolutionary Pensions
Roster of Ohio Soldiers, War of 1812
Pensioners of 1883
Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots (4 Vols.)
Abstracts to Revolutionary Pensions
Roll of Honor 

WWII Memorial -- add your veteran

BLM Land Records
1927 Findlay City Directory
Cyndi's List for Hancock County
Family Search (Church of the Latter Day Saints)
Hancock Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio Historical Society Archives (vital records, archives, etc.)
Ohio Memory Project
U.S. GenWeb-Hancock County
Where to write for Vital Records

Online Obituaries
Ohio Obituary Index
Cleveland Necrology File
Hancock County
Ohio Obituary Index  

Health Department
Birth Records (1908-present)
Death Records (1908-present)
We have family histories from local families and prominent American Families. We accept family histories donated to this library that include Hancock County ancestors.

The library holds the indexes to the Ohio Federal Population Census 1820-1880. We have various census indexes through 1930 for Ohio counties, we also have some statewide early census indexes. For Hancock County we have indexes from 1830-1900 and we are working on the 1910 census index. 1940 Census will be online April 2012.

We have the the Courier newspaper on microfilm. We have birth, death, marriage, and Will records from the earliest time period to the contemporary time period for Hancock County. We have the Grantee/Grantor index for land records. We have the earliest deeds and some township records. We also have some church registry records.

We have an extensive collection of genealogy and local history materials.   Although our primary focus is Hancock County, we have indexes and histories for all Ohio counties.  We also have a large selection of how-to materials to assist you with your research. 

Hancock County Chapter Genealogical Society

Join the Society: Click here to find out how to become a member.
















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Map Resources

Ada Quadrangle Topographic Map (1987)

Alvada Quadrangle Topographic Map (1972)

Arcadia Quadrangle Topographic Map (1972)


Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1863

Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1890

Sanborn Insurance Maps

Topographical Map of Findlay, Ohio – 1901

Topographical Map of Northeastern Hancock County, Ohio – 1901

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New Local & Family History Materials

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Newspaper Index

The Hancock County Newspaper Index serves as a finding aid for locating newspaper articles of local and/or historical interest. Compiled by volunteers, it is a “work in progress” that currently indexes portions of Findlay newspapers from 1908, 1916, and 1965 to 2011. The index is searchable by keyword and subject, and provides citation information that can be used to locate complete articles.

Requests for additional information and/or copies of newspaper articles may be directed to

Click here to be directed to the Newspaper Index Search






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Newspaper Resources

The Courier
The Courier News Articles Archive 
The Courier Photo Archive
The Hancock Jeffersonian 
(Courtesy of Chronicling America)
The Findlay Jeffersonian
(Courtesy of Chronicling America)
The Findlay Republican
(Courtesy of Google News Archives Search)
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Ohio Obituary Index (Use "Advanced Search" to limit your search by specific library or newspaper)

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Research Request Guidelines & Fees/Request Form

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