Clark County, Ohio
Genealogy, History & Facts
Clark County, Ohio Facts
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 .
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.
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
What genealogical records can I find in the Clark County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Clark County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Ohio courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Ohio residents. The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Clark County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Ohio Courthouse 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
- Address: 50 E Columbia Street, 5th Floor, Springfield, Ohio 45502
- Phone: (937) 521-1845
- Marriage Records: 1818
- Probate Records: 1818
- Clark County Recorder
- Phone: 937-521-1709
- Land Records: 1818
- Clark County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
- 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?
- Ohio Genealogy Community (plus.google.com)
- Ohio State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Clark County, Ohio Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Clark County
- Clark County, Ohio Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Clark County
What other genealogical resources are available in Clark County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clark County.