Although we are a separate organization, the Hancock County Historical Society is located in the same building as the Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum. Primarily, we offer services in assisting visitors with genealogy and obtaining historical information about the county. We have excellent resources such as a multitude of specific family books and files, census records, marriage records, and obituaries as well as historical books, CDs and old county newspapers (see specifics under these titles. (Put links here) The Kibbe Museum is located in the same building and one can view, free of charge, many artifacts belonging to early pioneers as well as artifacts depicting the development of the county (put link here). Coordination is in progress to identify various artifacts that connect to families who may be working on their genealogy.
We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. We offer research per request to include a small fee of $8.00 per hour for in-house research, $10.00 per hour (minimum) for research at the courthouse. We charge 25 cents for copies made by us at the center plus the court house charge for copies made there. We encourage e-mail requests and trust those making requests to forward charges to us via the honor system. We are dependent entirely upon membership, book sales and fees for our existence and continuity in bringing, and updating, Hancock County History to the public. You can reach us by email here.
Carthage is located along route 136 in the center of the county and just off of interstate 336.
306 Walnut Street
Carthage, Il 62321