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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

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
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.
















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

Click here to be directed to the Newspaper Index Search






Newspaper Resources

The Courier
The Courier News Articles Archive
The Courier Photo Archive
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

Click here to be directed to the Newspaper Index Search






Online Reference Collection - Alphabetical Order

Use the letters below to jump to a section of the list, or use our category page
to select a topic of interest.

 ABCE | FG | HJ | K | L | M | N | O | R | S | W |


Everything you want to know about books & authors.  It is THE place to find read-alikes, author biographies, plot summaries, specific settings, specific genres, book publishing, and purchasing, series information, book reviews, and more!

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.  Conduct research for your next term paper. Discover in-depth articles on hundreds of subjects

Access Science: McGraw-Hill Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology
Access Science is based on the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and provides access to all the articles, fully illustrated, from the latest edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, Research Updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks, thousands of illustrations, and the latest Science News® headlines, biographies, and more.

American & English Literature Collection

Electronic books of American and English literature - poetry, drama, fiction, and the Bible.  Explore American poetry from 1600 to the present. Compare different editions of Shakespeare’s work. Read early American fiction. Explore English drama.

Ancestry Library Edition (NOTE: Available from in the library only)

Want to learn more about your family tree? Ancestry Library Edition from ProQuest, contains over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases. Ancestry Library Edition includes the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, court records, slave narratives, reference sources, and more.


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.  Find multiple sketches of the subject's life and accomplishments. Search by time period, profession, place of origin, and birth and death dates. View digital images for many of the subjects.

Business Source Premier

Business Source Premier is the industry’s most used business research database, providing full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text back to 1886, and searchable cited references back to 1998.


Chilton's Auto Repair

Automotive Repair Information for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) People. You learn by doing, are unafraid of challenges, and feel proud when completing a job well done. Chilton has been helping people like you maintain cars and trucks for more than 80 years.

EBSCOConsumer Health Complete

The single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content.  It is designed to support the information needs of patients, and to foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.  CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. 

EBSCOhost Databases

Complete range of citation and full-text reference content available from the EBSCO publishing company. Individual database services are also listed separately. Select a single database for searching. Search multiple EBSCOhost resources at once. See what’s available from EBSCO.

EBSCO Literary Reference Center

This comprehensive, full-text database provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes--to give students, professors, and researchers a foundation of literary reference works to meet their research needs. 

EBSCO Points of View Reference Center

Containing resources that present multiple sides of an issue, this database provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills. 

EBSCO Science Reference Center

A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text, science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. 

 Explore Ohio | OPLIN

OPLIN's ever-expanding directory of Ohio-specific websites and links. Find Ohio-focused websites by category or by county.

Fantastic Fiction

Bibliographies for over 30,000 authors. Use the browse menu on the left to find an author by surname, or use the search boxes on the right to search for an author or book

 Hancock County 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

Heritage Quest Online

Find U.S. federal census records, family histories, published genealogies, historical books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, and more to help you trace your American ancestors’ paths across history.

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.  Please note, you must register for an account to use this database.

Kids Search

Research tool for middle school and elementary age students from EBSCOhost.  Search the encyclopedia. Look up words in the dictionary. Explore and search by topic.

Learning Express Library

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

Learning Express Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success

To begin your road to achievement, provides the skills and strategies to find a job or enhance your career.  

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. During the first log-in with Mango users must create a simple profile that consists of the user's e-mail address and a password.

MasterFILE Premier | (EBSCOhost)

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.

MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.


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) 

Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 U.S. & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.


Novelist, What is it? Resource that provides reviews, annotations, subject heading access, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles – updated monthly. Why use it? Read about your favorite author. Find book recommendations and reading lists. Discover book discussion guides and awards lists. 

Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)

Database containing death certificates of persons that died in Ohio from 1913-1944. Use the index information to help in obtaining a copy of particular death certificates.

 Ohio History Central

An evolving, dynamic online encyclopedia from the Ohio Historical Society. Find information, images, timelines, maps, and documents about Ohio’s history, geography, geology, animals, and American Indian populations.

 Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook

Project to bring together digital versions of historical collections from more than 330 archives, historical societies, libraries, and museums. Search or browse more than 26,000 primary sources dating from prehistory to the present. Take the Ohio Memory Challenge. Read essays about Ohio topics. Create your own scrapbook.

Ohio Obituary Index

An index to 2,100,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Actual obits may be ordered from 50 partner libraries; only Hayes Library has online ordering. Government Information & Services

The official government website of the State of Ohio.  Find government services and information for residents, businesses, visitors, and state employees. Reach the website of any Ohio government agency.

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.  Find hundreds of factsheets, bulletins, and other educational materials covering a wide array of subjects - such as agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H, and youth.

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.

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.  Locate buildings and neighborhoods. See a neighborhood "as it was". Study the growth of towns and cities. Identify the impact of new developments.
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.

Searchasaurus makes it easy for students to search by keyword or by topic to find resources.

Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage

Standard and Poor’s NetAdvantage is a comprehensive, professional source of financial analysis with tools to increase understanding of the structure and dynamics of industries, companies and financial market trends. The online resource provides access to a variety of company, industry, and country reports, including Standard and Poor’s Stock Reports, EDGAR filings, Standard and Poor’s Industry Surveys, and much more.

Stock reports, investment research, industry reports. Log in as follows:
S&P Username=findlay (lowercase)
Password=12345lib (replace 12345 with the first 5 digits of your FHCPL library card)

Student Research Center

Student research tool for grades 6 through 12 from EBSCOhost.  Search the encyclopedia. Find magazine and newspaper articles. Learn about other countries – through reports, maps, and photos.

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.  It is designed for native Spanish speakers, bilingual students, and ESL/ELL program participants.
World Book Early World of Learning

Three interactive learning environments for preschoolers and children in early grades. "Trek's Travels" offers narrated stories, interactive games, and original videos that teach early childhood themes, including numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and more. "Welcome to Reading" develops and strengthen phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension skills. "Know It" offers a richly visual first encyclopedia.
World Book Kids

Thousands of colorful illustrations, diagrams, and maps enrich thousands of articles selected for appeal and provides standards, with teacher guides, provide instructions and stimulating ways to use content in the classroom setting or for homework.  World Book Kids is designed especially for younger users, English-lanuage learners, and reluctant readers. The site offers simple navigation, easy-to-read content, bright colors, and a graphical design.

 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. Tailored for the needs and skills of older students, World Book Advanced integrates primary and secondary source databases in a single search.

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


Ancestry Library Edition (NOTE: Available from within library only)
Ohio Obituary Index
Hancock County Newspaper Index
Heritage Quest Online
Explore Ohio | OPLIN 
Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Magazines & Newspapers

All EBSCOhost Databases
MasterFILE Premier | (EBSCOhost)
Newspaper Source | (EBSCOhost) 

Reference & Research

Access Science
Academic Search Premier
Chilton's Auto Repair
Consumer Health Complete | (EBSCOhost)
Literary Reference Center | (EBSCOhost)
Points of View Reference Center | (EBSCOhost)
Science Reference Center | (EBSCOhost)
Explore Ohio | OPLIN
Learning Express Library
Mango Languages
Ohio History Central
Standard and Poor's NetAdvantage
Student Research Center
World Book Early World of Learning
World Book Hispanica
World Book Spanish
World Book Online

Students & Homework

Kids Search
Student Research Center
World Book Kids

Books, Arts & Literature

American & English Literature Collection

Business & Government

Business Source Premier
Explore Ohio | OPLIN Government Information & Services
Regional Business News | (EBSCOhost) 

History & Biography

Biography Reference Bank
Explore Ohio | OPLIN
Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)
Ohio History Central
Ohio Memory
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps


Science Online

Employment Resources & Adult Learning

Job & Career Accelerator
Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success

Reader's Advisory

About:Books | OPLIN
Fantastic Fiction
American & English Literature Collection



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

Zinio - Digital Magazines

To start choosing your magazines, click HERE.  

For a complete list of the library magazines, click 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 email address to get started.

BEFORE JUMPING IN, IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED here. It explains that you will be creating two separate accounts using the same email account. Then, you will download the app from your device’s online store (i.e. Android Market, Apple App Store). Having trouble finding the Zinio app for Amazon's KINDLE FIRE?

Please note

The Zinio Reader is not currently compatible with Windows Mobile, Blackberry (or other PDA's) or reading devices such as the Sony Reader, Nooks or Kindle(original)
- although we are working now to expand the capabilities of the Zinio Reader to include more mobile devices.

Unfortunately, if you own a Nook device, your ability to use the Zinio app in the future will depend on Barnes & Noble adding the Zinio app to the "Nook Apps" store (the default configuration of the Nook Color does not allow installing apps directly from the Android Market).