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Hancock County, Ohio Facts

Hancock County

When was Hancock County, OH Created?
Hancock County was created on April 1, 1820 from Logan County, Delaware County and Wood County (Organized in 1828). This county was named for John Hancock (1737-1793), president of the Continental Congress.

What is the County Seat of Hancock County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Findlay also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Hancock County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Wood County (north), Seneca County (northeast), Wyandot County (southeast), Hardin County (south), Allen County (southwest), Putnam County (west), Henry County (northwest corner) .

Hancock County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Hancock County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Findlay, Fostoria, Arcadia, Arlington, Benton Ridge, Jenera, McComb, Mount Blanchard, Mount Cory, Rawson, Van Buren, Vanlue. Other communities include Mortimer, Williamstown .

What townships are in Hancock County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Allen, Amanda, Biglick, Blanchard, Cass, Delaware, Eagle, Jackson, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Orange, Pleasant, Portage, Union, Van Buren, Washington.

Hancock County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Hancock County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Hancock County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Hancock County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.

The Hancock County Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present. For birth and death records prior to Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of this county.

Hancock County, OH Census Records

What Hancock County, OH census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Hancock County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Hancock Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hancock Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hancock Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide

Hancock County, OH Courthouse and Government Records

Hancock County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Hancock County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Hancock County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Ohio Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Hancock County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 300 S. Main St., Findlay 45840-9039
    • Phone: (419) 424-7037
  • Hancock County Clerk of Probate Court handles the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, birth corrections, delayed birth registrations and issues marriage licenses. The Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts, thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts
    • Address: 308 Dorney Plaza, Findlay OH 45840 3302
    • Phone: 419-424-7081
    • Marriage Records: 1828 
    • Probate Records: 1828
  • Hancock County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 419-424-7091
    • Land Records: 1820
  • Hancock County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for duties that include filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all court pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases. Other services provided by the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas are administering oaths, keeping naturalization records, and recording and retention of coroner records.
    • Phone: 419-424-7037
    • Court Records: 1828
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Hancock County USGenWeb Archives Project

Hancock County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Hancock County, OH?
A list of Hancock County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Ohio Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • Hancock County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 672, Findlay, OH 45839-0672; meets in the Meeting Room of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm (except July, August, and December).
  • Eagle Creek Historical Organization , PO Box 143, Arlington, OH 45814-0143; Phone: (419) 365-5418; Eagle Creek Historical Organization identities and preserves historical artifacts and memorabilia relating, but not limited to, the Eagle Creek Watershed Area and southern Hancock County. Their goal is to educate the public about the local heritage and history with monthly programs and a quarterly newsletter.
  • Forest Area Historical Society , PO Box 710, Arlington, OH 45814-0710; Phone: (419) 273-2354; The Forest Area Historical Society's purpose is to preserve the history of the Forest Area that includes Jackson Township in Hardin and Wyandot counties and the southern tip of Hancock County, which includes the villages of Forest and Patterson.
  • Hancock Historical Museum Association, 422 W Sandusky St, Findlay, OH 45840-3222; Phone: (419) 423-4433; The Hancock Historical Museum Association's collections are housed in an 1880s home built during the gas boom era and an exhibit center addition on the back. Other parts of the museum complex show pioneer life, military and industrial history (including Findlay Glass), a red brick country schoolhouse, and a miniature train that can be ridden.
  • Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division,  1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644

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