Hancock County, Ohio
Genealogy, History & Facts
Hancock County, Ohio Facts
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.
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.
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 1790-1890, 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
What genealogical records can I find in the Hancock County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Hancock County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Ohio courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Ohio residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Hancock County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Ohio Courthouse 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
- Address: 308 Dorney Plaza, Findlay OH 45840 3302
- Phone: 419-424-7081
- Marriage Records: 1828
- Probate Records: 1828
- Hancock County Recorder
- Phone: 419-424-7091
- Land Records: 1820
- Hancock County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
- 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
Where can I connect with other Hancock County, OH Researchers through message boards and forums?
- Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Hancock County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Hancock County
- Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Hancock County
What other genealogical resources are available in Hancock County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Hancock County.