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 email@example.com. A research request form is available by clicking here: Research and Request Form (PDF)
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. Due to software obsolescence, the original Hancock County Obituary Index has not been updated or corrected as of August 2011 and has been taken offline as of April 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.
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
High School Yearbooks
Newspaper Index (limited availability)
Newspapers-local (Mid-1800s to present)
Obituary Index (Hancock County)
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.
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: OHHANCOC-Lrequest@rootsweb.com
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.