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Genealogy

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 askgenealogy@findlaylibrary.org.
 

Genealogy/Yearbook Digital Collection

Click here for our Genealogy/Yearbook Digital Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Hancock County Genealogical Society

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

Hancock County OGS website

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hancock Historical Museum

Hancock Historical Museum

Local & Family History Files List

Click here to open the Local & Family History Files List

 

 

 

 

 

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
CDs
Cemetery Indexes
City Directories
High School Yearbooks
Family Histories
Local History
Microfilm/Microfiche
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. 

Ancestry.com Group Sheet
Ancestry.com Pedigree Chart
Ancestry.com 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: OHHANCOC-Lrequest@rootsweb.com

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

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

Online Obituaries
Ohio Obituary Index
Dayton
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.

Census
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map Resources

Ada Quadrangle Topographic Map (1987)

Alvada Quadrangle Topographic Map (1972)

Arcadia Quadrangle Topographic Map (1972)

Arlington Quadrangle Topographic Map (1972)
 
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
 
Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States
 
Bloomdale Quadrangle Topographic Map (1972)
 
Bluffton Quadrangle Topographic Map (1972)
 
Carey Quadrangle Topographic Map (1980)
 
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
 
Dunkirk Quadrangle Topographic Map (1984)
 
Findlay Quadrangle Topographic Map (1979)
 
Forest Quadrangle Topographic Map (1980)
 
Fostoria Quadrangle Topographic Map (1972)
 
Hancock County Engineer’s Office
 
Hancock County Maps
 
Hancock County, Ohio – 1940 Census Maps
 
Hoytville Quadrangle Topographic Map (1973)
 
Interactive Map – Findlay, Ohio
 
Leipsic Quadrangle Topographic Map (1973)
 
Library of Congress – Maps
 
Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1872 
 
Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1875 
 
Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1886
 
Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1895
 
Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1910
 
Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1914
 
Map of Hancock County, Ohio – 1915
 
Map of Hancock County, Ohio – Current 
 
 
 

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

Topographical Map of Northwestern Hancock County, Ohio – 1906
           
Topographical Map of Southeastern Hancock County, Ohio – 1905
 
 
 
 

New Local & Family History Materials

New Local and Family Materials (PDF)

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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 askgenealogy@findlaylibrary.org.

Click here to be directed to the Newspaper Index Search

 

 

 

 

 

Newspaper Resources

The Courier
http://thecourier.com
 
The Courier News Articles Archive 
http://thecourier.com/news-articles-archive/
 
The Courier Photo Archive
http://thecourier.mycapture.com/mycapture/index.asp
 
The Hancock Jeffersonian 
June 19, 1857 to December 31, 1869 issues
(Courtesy of Chronicling America)
 
The Findlay Jeffersonian
January 5, 1872 to December 27, 1878 issues
(Courtesy of Chronicling America)
 
The Findlay Republican
October 1, 1897 to May 1, 1900 (scattered dates)
(Courtesy of Google News Archives Search)
 
 

Ohio Obituary Index (Use "Advanced Search" to limit your search by specific library or newspaper)

Visit the Ohio Obituary Index-Click Here

Research Request Guidelines & Fees/Request Form

Research Request Form (PDF)

 

 

 

 

 

Hancock County 2-1-1

What is 2-1-1?
 
2-1-1 provides information & referral for people in need of health & human service resources, as well as volunteer opportunities in our community.
 
When you call, you will be connected to an information & referral specialist who is highly trained to evaluate each individual situation, access our extensive database, and provide information on appropriate resources. Calls are confidential and service is available in Spanish.

United Way Hancock County - 211 (Click Here)

 

 

 

 

 

Local News

Findlay - The Courier

Fostoria - Review Times

Tiffin - The Advertiser-Tribune

Bowling Green - Sentinel-Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

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 askgenealogy@findlaylibrary.org.

Click here to be directed to the Newspaper Index Search

 

 

 

 

 

Online Reference Collection - Alphabetical View

 
 

About:Books  

Everything you want to know about books & authors. 

Academic Search Premier

Full text for scholarly and academic magazines and periodicals - covering nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more – from EBSCOhost. 

AHFS Consumer Medication Information  

Over 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets available in both English and Spanish, with more than 4,700 brand names. 

All EBSCOhost Databases  

Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from the EBSCO publishing company. Individual database services are also listed separately. 

Alt. Health Watch  

Full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. 

American and English full text literature collections  

Electronic books of American and English literature - poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible - originally published in print – produced by ProQuest / Chadwyck-Healey. 

Ancestry Online - IN LIBRARY  

U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more. You must be in the library to access this database. 

Biography Reference Bank  

Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals – both living and deceased. Biographies Plus Illustrated contains the full text of the articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H. W. Wilson, plus thousands of profiles licensed from other respected publishers; updated monthly. 

Business Source Premier  

Full text business articles, research, and news updated daily from EBSCOhost. 

Chilton’s Auto Repair

Now patrons can access Chilton’s car manuals from library, home, garage or anywhere they have Internet access — including smartphones and tablets — when they “favorite” the library via the AccessMyLibrary free app. What an advantage for the on-the-road breakdown or the need to share information quickly.

Computer Source | EBSCO  

Full text for nearly 300 publications and indexing and abstracts for nearly 450 publications. 

Consumer Health Complete  

Full text journals, magazines, and reference books from EBSCOhost dealing with health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition – coverage includes a focus on the complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health and wellness. 

EBSCOhost eBooks  

Full digital text of selected books. 

Explore Ohio | OPLIN  

OPLIN's ever-expanding directory of Ohio-specific websites and links. 

GreenFILE | EBSCO  

Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records. 

Health Source: Consumer Edition  

Provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines. 

Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition  

Nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. 

Heritage Quest Online

Access more than 7.5 million pages of genealogical resources

Job & Career Accelerator  

The LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™ provides personalized, step-by-step job search assistance for all levels of job seekers. Job seekers can explore suitable occupations from over 1,000 detailed occupation profiles and find available jobs in their area from a database of over 5 million up-to-date job postings. 

Kids Search  

Research tool for middle school and elementary age students from EBSCOhost. 

LearningExpress Library  

Comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic and licensing tests. Create your own personalized and private account to track your progress. 

Literary Reference Center | EBSCOhost  

Full text of literary journals and respected literary reference works. Contains plot summaries, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, and the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. 

Mango Languages

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more.

MAS Ultra - School Edition  

Full text for nearly 500 popular high school magazines, plus more than 360 full text reference books. 

MasterFILE Premier | (EBSCOhost)  

What is it? Full text for a wide variety of periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Also contains full text for reference books, biographies, and primary source documents, and an image collection photos, map, and flags – updated daily from EBSCOhost.

MedlinePlus  

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends with information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. 

Middle Search Plus | EBSCO  

Full text for more than 140 popular middle school magazines, over 84,000 biographies, over 105,000 primary source documents, and a School Image Collection of photos, maps and flags. 

NetWellness  

Non-profit consumer health web site providing high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty from several Ohio universities. 

Newspaper Source | EBSCOhost  

Cover-to-cover full text for 20 national (U.S.) & international newspapers and selected full text for more than 230 regional (U.S.) newspapers, plus TV and radio news transcripts – updated daily. 

Novelist

NoveList is the premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.

Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)  

Database containing death certificates of persons that died in Ohio from 1913-1937. 

Ohio Digital Library  

Provides ebooks, digital audiobooks, music and video. 

Ohio History Central || Online Encyclopedia  

An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia from the Ohio Historical Society. 

Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook  

Project to bring together digital versions of historical collections from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums.

Ohio.gov: Government Information & Services  

The official government website of the State of Ohio. 

Ohioline  

Online database of publications from Ohio State University Extension Office; the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center; and the Agricultural Technical Institute. 

Points of View Reference Center  

Points of View Reference Center contains many topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument). Providing a balance of materials from all viewpoints, it also includes over 1,300 main essays, leading political magazines from all sides of the political spectrum, newspapers, radio & TV news transcripts, primary source documents and reference books. It also offers guides for writing position papers, developing arguments and debating. 

Primary Search | EBSCO  

Full text for more than 70 popular magazines for elementary school research.

Professional Development Collection | EBSCO  

The most comprehensive collection of full text education journals in the world.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection | EBSCO

The world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals. 

Regional Business News | EBSCOhost  

Full text for articles from over 75 business journals, newspapers, and newswires, covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States, from EBSCOhost. 

Religion and Philosophy Collection | EBSCO  

An essential tool for researchers and students of theology and philosophical studies. 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps  

Large scale street plans – including building outlines, property boundaries, and building use - produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company from 1867 to 1970 

Science Online  

The award-winning Science Online offers a comprehensive, curriculum-oriented overview of a broad range of scientific disciplines in a variety of useful formats. An ideal science solution for schools, libraries and homework assignments. 

Science Reference Center  

Topics covered in Science Reference Center include biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife. By providing a wide range of topics, Science Reference Center satisfies the demand for standards-based content by providing teachers and librarians with articles correlated to state and national curriculum standards. 

Searchasaurus  

Research tool for elementary age students from EBSCOhost. 

Sociological Collection  

Offers information in all areas of sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture and social structure.

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage

Includes Standard & Poor's Bond Guide, Corporation Records, Dividend Record, Earnings Guide, Industry Surveys, Mutual Fund Reports, The Outlook, Standard & Poor's Register, Stock Guide, and Standard & Poor's Stock Reports.

Student Research Center  

Student research tool for grades 6 through 12 from EBSCOhost. 

U.S. Government Printing Office  

The Federal Government’s online resource for the official information products of the U.S. Government. 

Vocational and Career Collection | EBSCO  

Full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry-related periodicals.

Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success  

Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success provides resources to boost basic workplace and job search skills, and prepare job seekers for advanced occupational training. This interactive, self-paced learning approach allows job seekers to learn at their convenience. The intuitive platform provides the backbone students and all job seekers need to succeed in the modern workplace. 

World Book Academic  

Academic World Book is a comprehensive reference tool that includes encyclopedia, multimedia, ebook, and primary source databases integrated in a single search. 

World Book Early World of Learning  

Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades. 

World Book Hispanica  

This comprehensive Spanish-language encyclopedia includes more than 100,000 articles, more than 8,500 images and maps, and nearly 1,000 videos, animations, sounds, and interactive media. 

World Book Kids  

Thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles selected for appeal and curricular standards, with teacher guides, provide instuctions and stimulating ways to use content in the classroom setting or for homework. 

World Book Online  

Resources include encyclopedic content, e-books, multimedia, a vast collection of primary source documents, and a wealth of research tools that allow students to customize and save their work. 

World Book Spanish  

This is part of World Book Online Reference Center that is a Spanish-Language encyclopedia called Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos. It contains 2,200 articles and more than 600 illustrations. 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Reference Collection - Category View

 

Books, Arts & Literature

About:Books  

American and English full text literature collections  

EBSCOhost eBooks  

Literary Reference Center | EBSCOhost  

Novelist

Ohio Digital Library  

Religion and Philosophy Collection | EBSCO  

U.S. Government Printing Office  

Business & Government

Business Source Premier  

Explore Ohio | OPLIN  

Ohio.gov: Government Information & Services  

Regional Business News | EBSCOhost  

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Employment Resources and Adult Learning

Job & Career Accelerator  

LearningExpress Library  

Professional Development Collection | EBSCO  

Vocational and Career Collection | EBSCO  

Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success  

Genealogy

Ancestry Online - IN LIBRARY  

Explore Ohio | OPLIN  

Heritage Quest Online

Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)  

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps  

Health

AHFS Consumer Medication Information  

Alt. Health Watch  

Consumer Health Complete  

Health Source: Consumer Edition  

Health Source: Nursing / Academic Edition  

MedlinePlus  

NetWellness  

History & Biography

Biography Reference Bank  

Explore Ohio | OPLIN  

Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)  

Ohio History Central || Online Encyclopedia  

Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook  

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps  

Language

Mango Languages

Magazines & Newspapers

All EBSCOhost Databases  

MasterFILE Premier | (EBSCOhost)  

Newspaper Source | EBSCOhost  

Points of View Reference Center  

Reference & Research

Academic Search Premier

Chilton's Auto Repair

Explore Ohio | OPLIN  

GreenFILE | EBSCO  

Mango Languages

MAS Ultra - School Edition  

Ohio History Central || Online Encyclopedia  

Student Research Center  

World Book Academic  

World Book Early World of Learning  

World Book Hispanica  

World Book Online  

World Book Spanish  

Science

Computer Source | EBSCO  

Ohioline  

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection | EBSCO  

Science Online  

Science Reference Center  

Sociological Collection  

Students & Homework

Kids Search  

MAS Ultra - School Edition  

Middle Search Plus | EBSCO  

Primary Search | EBSCO  

Searchasaurus  

Student Research Center  

World Book Kids  

 

 

 

 

Tax Information

Visit the following sites to download federal, state and city tax forms:

Federal tax forms
Ohio state tax forms
City of Findlay
State tax forms from other states 

Tax Booklets

Federal and state tax booklets and selected forms and publications are available in the Reference Department until the end of the tax period.

 

 

 

 

 

Zinio Digital Magazines

To start choosing your magazines, click HERE.  

For a complete list of the library magazines, click HERE.

Before jumping right in, it is a good idea to read the instructions: LOCATED HERE

 

Zinio is the world's largest newsstand and it is now available @ your library! You can now read select library magazine subscriptions free online and on most handheld devices.  All you need is your Findlay-Hancock County Public Library card number and a valid e-mail address to get started.

Please note:

Zinio for Libraries works with over 95% of today’s mobile device apps plus instant streaming on PC/Mac computes. Compatible devices using iOS, Android (including Nook Tablet HD), Win8 and Kindle Fire/FireHD/FireHDX are compatible. Note: tablets that do not have fully functional Android operating systems (Nook Color) or proprietary eReaders (Sony eReader) are not compatible.

Click on the link below to download your free app now:

PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire/HD, and Windows 8