Welcome to the Henry County Genealogical Society Website!

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Featured Photo – Deshler Elementary, ca. 1930

Deshler Elementary

Front row (from left): Arthur Wolfe, Leon Suber, Dick Kerns, Dorothy Ziegler, Helen Metzner, Betty Collier, Betty McMillen, Nedra Booher, Dorothy Puckett, Frances Howe, Frances Moore, Joy Crouch, and Norma Jean Wilcox

Row 2: Danny Phillips, Don Wilcox, Donald Meyer, Paul Boyer, Bob Montain, Arthur Gordon, Jane Young, and Betty Zernhel

Row 3: Wayne Collier, Esther Wooley, Virginia Rugman, Loretta Schendel, Grace Wooley, Stella Firman, Carriette McNally, Guy Dishong, Bob Sigler, and Bill Smith

Row 4: Clyde Dishong, Glenn Fry, Sam Aldrich, Miss Van Scoyoc, Russell Willier, Bob Haughawout, Bob Holder, Kathryn Newman, and Marie Ball

2017 First Families of Henry County

On November 20, 2017, the Henry County Genealogical Society honored Henry County’s newest First Families at a dinner at The Log Cabin Tavern near Liberty Center. You can read about this year’s honoree and see all the photos of the banquet here. Recipients of this year’s honors were Kay Clady Baldwin of Defiance, and Robyn Saul Mosher of Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

Why Do We Have Two Websites?

The Henry County Genealogical Society website (henrycountyohiogenealogy.org) and the Henry County Families website (henrycountyfamilies.org) are one and the same organization. We are in the process of migrating to a WordPress-based site, and both sites will continue to have roles to play for the near future.

The site you are on now is our supplemental site, where we will be posting information of interest to researchers who have family ties to Henry County, Ohio. We hope that it will be a place that people will visit, not only to learn about themselves through their ancestors, but to contribute their knowledge to the site for the benefit of others.

Notice Regarding Publications

New cemetery books (inventoried in Summer 2013, published in 2014) are now available on CD. There will be one cemetery book per CD for $10.00 or all 10 books on one CD for $50.00. The CD prices include the shipping and handling. Old cemetery books are now being sold for $5.00 ea., plus $3.00 shipping and handling. When they are gone, no more will be printed. Email Lucille VanScoyoc (her address is on the About Us page) for availability, or visit our Publications Page.

2016 First Families Dinner

On November 21, 2016, we honored the 2016 First Families of Henry County at the Log Cabin Tavern, T464 County Road 3, Liberty Center, OH. The year’s honorees were Michael Dean Haake, Roger Alfred Haake, Mildred (Rohrs) Sigg, Daniel Henry Sigg, Mark David Sigg, Janet (Sigg) Meyer, Jane (Rohrs) Helberg, Robert Lawrence Rohrs, Carol (Rohrs) Speiser, David Ray Rohrs, and Karen (Rohrs) Mohler, all of whom trace their Henry County roots back to Friedrich Rohrs and Henry A. Rohrs, who came to the county in 1869.

Please click on this link to see a photo album of highlights of last year’s (2015) event.

What We Offer

The Henry County Genealogical Society has been in existence since September 1986. In 2003 we created our website to make our holdings available to the widest possible audience. You will find on our site a complete listing of all of our books, CDs, pamphlets, and microfilms, all of which are available to the public at the Wood Memorial Library in Deshler. We also have a huge collection of books for sale, and you see what we have and even order it in our publications area.

As soon as we created the website, we began to populate it with databases of vital records, photographs, military rosters, and much more. Among the databases you will find:

  • Court of Common Pleas Index (25,167 entries)
    Index of cases in the Court of Common Pleas. Includes divorces, civil actions, foreclosures, quiet titles, and many more types of cases. (In progress, done through letter K in book 1 only). Please keep in mind that this is only an index; to see the packet of information, you will have to go personally to the Clerk of Courts office in the Henry County courthouse, look up the name by volume and page number, and request the office retrieve the folder for you from the archives. The Clerk of Courts office is not required to perform this retrieval for family researchers, so we ask that you not harm the good will we have with that office. Please use this privilege responsibly.
  • Henry County History Vol. 1 Photos
    This database is complete and contains 740 photos and captions that appear in Henry County, Ohio, Vol. 1. We recently uncovered the originals of many of the photos that were used in the first publication of this volume. Because of the higher quality of originals and owing to improvements in our equipment, the quality of these photos is significantly better than those in the other two volumes.
  • Henry County History Vol. 2 Photos
    This database contains all the photos that appear in Henry County, Ohio, Vol. 2. The captions are keyword retrievable, which adds another tool you can use to search your ancestors. There are 525 photographs with captions, more or less. A browse feature has been added, but needs fine-tuning.
  • Henry County History Vol. 3 Photos
    This database contains more than 600 photos and captions that appear in Henry County, Ohio, Vol. 3. The browse feature for these photos works nicely, but needs some work yet. Please note: there are currently more captions than photos.
  • Early Obituaries Index
    This database is an index of nearly 1800 obituaries from Henry County newspapers from 1852 to 1885.
  • OSU Extension Photos
    This wonderful collection of photographs from 1927 to 1994, complete with searchable captions, was made available to us by the Ohio State University Extension of Henry County. This project was completed in the summer of 2007, and inlcudes 800 photographs. If you find any mistakes in the captions, or if you can add names, please use the Contact Us page to let us know.
  • 1948 County Directory
    Each record has the name, street/road, post office, spouse’s name, occupation, names and ages of children, and names and relationship of others living there. Does not include Napoleon City.

In addition to our library holdings and online databases, the Henry County Genealogical Society also offers every newsletter we have ever printed, except for the current year — there needs to be some incentive to join our society!

Most of our information is keyword retrievable. The search box in the top left of most pages lets you find information quickly and accurately. If there’s something you can’t find on our site, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask — if it’s in our ability to find it, we will.

Thank you for visiting the website of the Henry County Genealogical Society!

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