Research | Copy Service Guidelines and Fees

Staff is available during regular business hours to assist patrons with the use of our resources and equipment.

Staffing levels prohibit staff from performing patron research or copy services. If you are unable to visit the library in person or unable to conduct your own research, research and copy services are available subject to the guidelines below.

Request service is limited to INDEXED MATERIALS for Hancock County events/people.

per requester, per week (12 per month.)
FEE: $3.00 per copy provided.

Please do not send advance payment. An invoice will be sent with copies.

Requests within the scope of these services are processed as time allows. Please allow up to 4 weeks for fulfillment.

Please indicate whether you would like to receive physical copies by postal mail or scanned copies by email. If you do not indicate one or the other, we will assume that you would like to receive copies in the same medium by which you requested them.

Examples of acceptable requests (limit of 3 per week):

Please send the obituary for John P. Doe, Republican Courier, May 20, 1931, p. 5.

Please check marriage indexes for Hancock County Ohio for any burial information on Jane Hancock (maiden name) and John Findlay. They were married around 1930. I would like a copy of the index page.

Please search the Hancock Obituary Index to determine if an obituary is available. You will need the newspaper name and page number to submit a request.

Examples of requests beyond the scope of our services:

What information do you have on the John Doe family in Hancock County, OH around 1910? (Request is too broad)

I need an obituary for Jane Doe who died in Findlay in 1939. (Approximate month of death is required for common surnames.)

I am researching my family name. What information do you have on John Doe?

Email Requests
If your request is specific in nature and you agree to the stated fees and guidelines, you may email requests to In order for your request to be considered for fulfillment, you must provide all pertinent information, including your postal address if necessary.

You will be notified if your request is too general or beyond the scope of our services.

All email requests are acknowledged within 7 days of receipt. If you have not received an acknowledgement within that timeframe, please resend your request.

After reviewing the above guidelines and fees, please mail your request to:

FHCPL Local & Family History
Attn: Research Request
206 Broadway
Findlay, OH 45840

Request Form is available for download in .pdf

 Telephone requests are not recommended, but will be addressed as time and staffing allows provided you have a specific question that may be handled quickly. Please call (419) 422-1737.

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