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Clark County, Ohio
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Clark County, Ohio Facts

Clark County

When was Clark County, OH Created?
Clark County was created on December 26, 1817 from Champaign County, Greene County and Madison County . This county was named for General George Rogers Clark(1752-1818), defeated the Shawnee Indians in a battle near the Springfield area .

What is the County Seat of Clark County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Springfield also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Clark County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Champaign County (north), Madison County (east), Greene County (south), Montgomery County (southwest), Miami County (west) .

What cities and towns are in Clark County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include New Carlisle, Springfield, Catawba, Clifton, Donnelsville, Enon, North Hampton, South Charleston, South Vienna, Tremont City. Other communities include Medway, Plattsburgh.

Clark County Townships Map

What townships are in Clark County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Bethel, German, Green, Harmony, Mad River, Madison, Moorefield, Pike, Pleasant, Springfield.

Clark County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Clark County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clark County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio 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 Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949. The Clark County Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present. For birth and death records prior to Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of this county.

Clark County, OH Census Records

What Clark County, OH 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 Ohio Census Records Research Guide

Clark County, OH 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 Ohio Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Clark County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 101 N Limestone St , PO Box 1008, Springfield 45501-0000
    • Phone: (937) 328-2458
  • Clark County Clerk of Probate Court handles the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, birth corrections, delayed birth registrations and issues marriage licenses. The Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts, thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts
    • Address: 50 E Columbia Street, 5th Floor, Springfield, Ohio 45502
    • Phone: (937) 521-1845 
    • Marriage Records: 1818 
    • Probate Records: 1818
  • Clark County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Phone: 937-521-1709
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Clark County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for duties that include filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all court pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases. Other services provided by the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas are administering oaths, keeping naturalization records, and recording and retention of coroner records.
    • Phone:(937) 328-2435
    • Court Records: 1818
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Clark County USGenWeb Archives Project

Clark County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Clark County Chapter, OGS, PO Box 2524, Springfield, OH 45501-2524; meets the second Saturday of every month except July, August, and December and holidays at 11:00am. Location of meetings is the Heritage Center, 117 South Fountain Ave., in the Discovery Room. This OGS Chapter maintains a genealogical resource library and assists researchers with Clark County data and family histories. It promotes the "First Families of Clark County," a group made up of those persons residing in Clark County prior to December 31, 1830. They also have a "Settlers of Clark County" chapter. Depository for Clark County wills from 1818-1990.
  • Clark County Historical Society, 117 S Fountain Ave, Springfield, OH 45502-1207; Phone: (937) 324-0657; The Clark County Historical Society exists to appropriately house, display, and interpret objects that emphasize the uniqueness of Springfield and Clark County and to celebrate the role and impact of the area on the life of the nation. The audience for the Heritage Center is the population of Clark County with a particular, but not exclusive, emphasis upon residents of school age.
  • Elizabeth Township Historical Society, 2590 S Dayton Brandt Rd, New Carlisle, OH 45344-9306; Phone: (937) 845-4200
  • Enon Community Historical Society, PO Box 442, Enon, OH 45323-0442; Phone: (937) 864-7080; The Enon Community Historical Society has information on local historical sites, genealogy, and on available educational programs. Members provide programs on the Log Cabin and the Adena Mound. The Society sponsors an apple butter festival the second weekend in October.
  • George Rogers Clark Heritage Association, PO Box 1251, Springfield, OH 45501-1251; Phone: (937) 882-9216; The George Rogers Clark Heritage Association presents the history of the settlers and the Shawnee in Clark County, focusing on the contributions of George Rogers Clark. A major effort is the Fair at New Boston; a reenactment of a 1790-1810 trades fair.
  • Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division,  1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clark County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clark County.

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