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Guide to '''Hancock County Ohio genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Hancock County Ohio genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Logan County, Ohio|Logan]], [[Delaware County, Ohio|Delaware]], and [[Wood County, Ohio|Wood]] Counties 12 February 1820.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Logan County, Ohio|Logan County]] 12 February 1820.<ref name="HBG">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092referer=brief_results ''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].</ref>  
 
*'''County Seat: '''Findlay  
 
*'''County Seat: '''Findlay  
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Hancock County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref>[[Wood County, Ohio|Wood]] (north){{·}}[[Hardin County, Ohio|Hardin]] (south){{·}}[[Wyandot County, Ohio|Wyandot]] (southeast){{·}}[[Seneca County, Ohio|Seneca]] (northeast){{·}}[[Allen County, Ohio|Allen]] and [[Putnam County, Ohio|Putnam]] (west)
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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[[Henry County, Ohio|Henry County]] {{}}
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[[Wood County, Ohio|Wood County]] {{}}
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[[Seneca County, Ohio|Secena County]] {{}}
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[[Wyandot County, Ohio|Wyandot County]] {{}}
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[[Hardin County, Ohio|Hardin County]] {{}}
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[[Allen County, Ohio|Allen County]] {{•}}
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[[Putnam County, Ohio|Putnam County]]
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Hancock County [http://www.ohio.n2genealogy.com/oh-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps"] (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in Ohio counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/oh-counties/#courthouse Ohio Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
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==== Biography  ====
 
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See [[Ohio Cemeteries|Ohio Cemeteries]] for more information.
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See [[Ohio Cemeteries|Ohio Cemeteries]] for more information.  
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
==== &nbsp;&nbsp;Church Records  ====
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==== Church Records  ====
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{{OH Church Intro}}
  
 
===== Catholic  =====
 
===== Catholic  =====
  
:*'''1796–2004''' {{RecordSearch|1494476|Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This collection includes images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. These records are accessed by [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images by county. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc.<br>
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:*'''1796–2004''' - {{RecordSearch|1494476|Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This collection includes images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. These records are accessed by [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images by county. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc.<br>
{{Template:OH Church Records Repositories|Hancock|659269}}
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==== Court Records  ====
 
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
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{{OH History}}
  
 
===== Local Histories  =====
 
===== Local Histories  =====
  
*[http://books.google.com/books?id=az4VAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA507&dq=knox+county+ohio+%22civil+war%22+company&hl=en&ei=1AnDTISBE4W8sQPEjsiVDA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CE4Q6AEwBg#v=onepage&q=knox%20county%20ohio%20%22civil%20war%22%20company&f=false A Centennial Biographical History of Hancock County, Ohio<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1287850658109_314" />] (published 1903) includes many biographies of people living in Hancock County.
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:*Beardsley, D.B., ''History of Hancock County, Ohio: from Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time,'' (Springfield, Ohio: Republic Print Co., 1881). Digital copy at [http://books.google.com/books?id=V-9QALSjlEYC Google Books] [http://archive.org/details/historyhancockc00beargoog Internet Archive] {{FSbook|544289|}} [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=19874 Ancestry ($)](Indexed) {{FHL|87526|item|disp=FHL film 1000318 Item 1}}
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:*Brown, Robert C., ''History of Hancock County, Ohio: Containing a History of the County, Its Townships, Towns,'' (Chicago, Illinois: Warner, Beers and Co., 1886). Digital copy at [http://books.google.com/books?id=dA7VAAAAMAAJ Google Books] [http://archive.org/details/historyofhancock00brow Internet Archive] [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=23758 Ancestry ($)](Indexed) {{FHL|225212|item|disp=FHL film 931795}}
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:*Kimmell, J.A., ''Twentieth Century History of Findlay and Hancock County and Representative Citizens,'' (Chicago, Illinois: Richmond-Arnold Publishing Company, 1910). Digital copy at [http://books.google.com/books?id=eOAyAQAAMAAJ Google Books] {{FSbook|519468|}} {{FHL|88591|item|disp=FHL film 1000318 Item 4; book 977.119/F1 H2k}}
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
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==== Maps ====
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:*'''1790-1907''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohhancoc/hancocklandpatents.txt Bureau of Land Management records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb
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{{Template:OH Land and Property Other Repositories|Hancock|482330}}
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==== Maps ====
  
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[[Image:Ohhancock.jpg|400px|Ohhancock.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)]
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
 
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
  
==== Newspapers ====
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{{OHnewspapers|Hancock}}<br> '''Online Newspapers'''<br> '''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''<br> '''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br>
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
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:*'''1790–1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ohio_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Record Description page]. <br>
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/hancock/wills-index.html community contributed wills] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
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==== Public Records  ====
 
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/oh-society-archive/ Ohio Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
  
 
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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{{OH Vital Intro}}
  
 
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records'' <br> ''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
  
 
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/hancock/vitals-index.html community contributed marriage records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
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<br> ''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
'''[[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953]]''' Free name indexes and images at [[Ohio Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch]]. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.  
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:*'''1908-1953''' - [[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Deaths]] Free name indexes and images at [[Ohio Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch]]. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.  
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/oh/hancock/vitals-index.html community contributed deaths records] Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
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<br> ''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
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===== Divorce  =====
  
 
=== Websites  ===
 
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Hancock|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/hancock-county/ Hancock County, OH History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102354897055084945585 Ohio Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/219410844759934/ Ohio Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
  
 
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Revision as of 00:23, 19 July 2014

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

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Online Records


Hancock County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Hancock County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Hancock County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Hancock County Courthouse
300 S. Main St.
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Hancock County Website
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1828
1867
1820
1828
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Logan County 12 February 1820.[1]
  • County Seat: Findlay



Neighboring Counties

Henry County  • Wood County  • Secena County  • Wyandot County  • Hardin County  • Allen County  • Putnam County


Hancock CountyWood CountyLucas CountySandusky CountySeneca CountyAuglaize County,Putnam CountyAllen County,Crawford CountyWyandot CountyMarion CountyLogan CountyHardin CountyOttawa CountyHenry CountyFulton CountyDefiance CountyOHHancock.JPG


Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Ohio counties see: Ohio Counties with Burned Courthouses

Resources

Bible Records

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

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Church Records

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, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.

Catholic
  • 1796–2004 - Ohio, Diocese of Toledo, Catholic Parish Records, 1796-2004 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection includes images of parish registers recording the events of baptism, first communion, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Diocese of Toledo (Ohio), Roman Catholic Church. These records are accessed by browsing the images by county. In addition to traditional parish registers, this collection includes miscellaneous cemetery records, Books of the Elect, Professions of Faith, Sick Call registers, etc.
Finding More Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

Local Histories

Land and Property

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.

Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:


Maps

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Military

  • 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

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Historical Society. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers.
Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

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

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).


  • 1790–1967 - Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by browsing the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the Record Description page.
  • various years - community contributed wills Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives
Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

Repositories

See also a List of Ohio Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Courthouse

Hancock County Courthouse
300 S Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840-3345
Phone: 419.424.3911 

County Recorder has land records;
Probate Judge has birth, marriage,
death and probate[1]

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.



Libraries

www.findlaylibrary.org/obituaryDB/Obituary_PromptSearch.asp Findlay-Hancock Public Library  

Museums
Societies

Taxation

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy 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 Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

See also How to order Ohio Vital Records or order vital records electronically online.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records
Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

  • 1908-1953 - Ohio Deaths Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.
  • various years - community contributed deaths records Courtesy OhioGenWeb Archives

Finding More Vital Records

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hancock County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Websites

Places

Populated Places

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  2. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.