Henry County, Ohio

Welcome to the The Henry County Genealogical Society web site. Whether you are new to the site, or a return visitor, we think you will like our new look. There are still a few bumps in the road, so please be patient with us.

Henry County Genealogical Society meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month (except August and December) at the Edwin Wood Memorial Library, 208 North East Ave., Deshler, Ohio, unless otherwise noted. Click on the Events link at the left of this page for the full meeting schedule.

Pictured here is the Deshler 4th Grade class of 1927-28. (Click on it to see a larger version and the names of the children in the picture.)


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 Who We Are page) for availability, or visit our Publications Page.

The 2015 First Family dinner honored our newest honorees, Mary Camp from Defiance, Ohio, Linda Lester from Springfield, VA (represented by Joan Bowers), and Art Germann of Napoleon. It took place on November 16, 2015, at 6:30 pm, at the Red Pig Inn, 1470 N. Perry St., Ottawa, OH 45875, (419) 523-6458. Please click on this link to see a photo album of highlights of the event.

We're Changing Our Look

Please excuse our "construction zone" as we modernize our look. As you search for information on our website or simply peruse our pages, you will notice a mixture of old and new. We are in the process of updating all of our pages, and this process takes time. We hope to be done by the end of October 2015, but delays are always possible. In the meantime, the information is all still there for your use.

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!