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Clark County, Illinois
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Clark County, Illinois Facts

Clark County

When was Clark County, IL Created?
Clark County was established on March 23, 1819 from Crawford County. This county was named for George Rogers Clark (1752–1818), highest-ranking officer in the Northwest Territory during the American Revolution .

What is the County Seat of Clark County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Marshall (prior county seats was Aurora from 1818-1823, Darwin (Name changed from McClure’s Bluff) from1823-1838) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Clark County, IL?
Bordering Counties are   Edgar County, Vigo County, Indiana, Sullivan County, Indiana, Crawford County, Jasper County, Cumberland County, Coles County

What cities and towns are in Clark County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Casey, Clarksville , Marshall, Martinsville, Westfield, West Union.

What Townships are in Clark County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Johnson, Anderson, Auburn, Casey, Darwin, Dolson, Douglas, Orange, Parker, Melrose, Marshall, Martinsville, Wabash, Westfield, York.

Clark County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Clark County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clark County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Clark County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Clark County, IL Census Records

What Clark County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Clark County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clark Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clark Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clark Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Clark County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Clark County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Clark County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Clark County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Clark County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 501 Archer Ave., Marshall, IL 62441
  • Clark County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 217-826-8311 
    • Marriage Records: 1819
    • Birth & Death Records: 1865
    • Land Records: 1816
  • Clark County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 217-826-2811
    • Probate Records: 1820
    • Court Records: 1821
  • Clark County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Clark County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Clark County, IL?
A list of Clark County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Clark County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Clark County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clark County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Clark Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clark Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clark Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Clark Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clark Co. IL General and History Websites

Clark Co. IL Military Records

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