Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy

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Guide to Hancock County, Ohio ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Findlay
Organized: February 12,1820[1]
Parent County(s): Logan[2]
Neighboring Counties
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence. It is located in the Northwestern area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hancock County Courthouse
300 S Main St
Findlay, OH 45840-3345
Phone: 419-424-7008
Hancock County Website

County Recorder has land records;
Probate Judge has birth, marriage, death and probate[4]

Hancock County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1828 1867 1828 1820 1828 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [7]

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hancock County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 813
1840 9,986 1128.3%
1850 16,751 67.7%
1860 22,886 36.6%
1870 23,847 4.2%
1880 27,784 16.5%
1890 42,563 53.2%
1900 41,993 −1.3%
1910 37,860 −9.8%
1920 38,394 1.4%
1930 40,404 5.2%
1940 40,793 1.0%
1950 44,280 8.5%
1960 53,686 21.2%
1970 61,217 14.0%
1980 64,581 5.5%
1990 65,536 1.5%
2000 71,295 8.8%
2010 74,782 4.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.
List of Churches and Church Parishes


Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

  • Spaythe, Jacob A.; History of Hancock County, Ohio: geographical and statistical (Toledo: The B.F. Wade Printing Co., 1903) Online at FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Beardsley, D.B.; History of Hancock County, Ohio: from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time Together with Remeiniscenses of Pioneer Life Incidents, Statistical tables and Biographical Sketches (Springfield, Ohio: Republic Print Co., 1881). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books Internet Archive, Ancestry ($)
  • Brown, Robert C.; History of Hancock County, Ohio : Containing a history of the county, its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc.; portraits of early settlers and prominent men, biographies, history of the northwest territory, history of Ohio, statistical and miscellaneous matter, etc., etc (Chicago, Illinois: Warner, Beers and Co., 1886). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books Internet Archive Ancestry ($)(Indexed)
  • Kimmell, J.A.; Twentieth Century History of Findlay and Hancock County and Representative Citizens, (Chicago, Illinois: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, 1910). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; Google Books
  • Ohio Indexes at EveryNameIndex.com — Select the county.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Hancock County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Hancock County.

-99th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Companies D and G

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Hancock County newspapers often contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the Hancock County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954, while the Ohio History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Hancock County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Hancock County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Findlay Hancock County Public Library
206 Broadway St
Findlay, OH 45840
Email: askgenealogy@findlaylibrary.org

McComb Public Library
113 S Todd St
McComb, OH 45858

Museums[edit | edit source]

Hancock Historical Museum
422 W Sandusky St
Findlay, OH 45840

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Hancock County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

Hancock County Chapter, OGS
P.O.Box 672
Findlay, OH 45839-0672

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, Ohio. Page 540-547 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, C12,ounty, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hancock County, Ohio. Page 540-547 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 531-533.
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/hancock/ accessed 2/17/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_Ohio, accessed 11 December 2018.