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Guide to Clark County, Ohio ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Springfield
Organized: March 1, 1818
Parent County(s): Champaign, Greene, Madison
Neighboring Counties
Miami  • Champaign  • Madison  • Greene  • Montgomery
See County Maps
Courthouse
Clark County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for General George Rogers Clark who fought Indians in Ohio in the early Nineteenth Century. It is located in the West Central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clark County Courthouse
101 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, Ohio 45502
Ab Graham Building
Clark County Website
Phone: 937-328-2458

Clark County Probate Court
50 E. Columbia Street Springfield, Ohio 45502
Phone: 937-521-1845 Fax: 937-328-2589
Email: sweldy@clarkcountyohio.gov
Clark County Probate Court

  • Births and deaths recorded from 1867 to August 1908.
  • Marriage records from 1818 to the present.
  • Naturalization records from March 20, 1861, to March 5, 1904 (index at Clerk of Courts Office, Common Pleas Court).
  • Estate records from 1818 to 1985 on microfilm and original records from 1985 to the present.

Probate Judge has birth, marriage, death, probate and naturalization records.
Court Clerk has divorce and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[2]

Clark County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1818 1867 1818 1818 1818 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [4]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Clark County, Ohio online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 9,533
1830 13,114 37.6%
1840 16,882 28.7%
1850 22,178 31.4%
1860 25,300 14.1%
1870 32,070 26.8%
1880 41,948 30.8%
1890 52,277 24.6%
1900 58,939 12.7%
1910 66,435 12.7%
1920 80,728 21.5%
1930 90,936 12.6%
1940 95,647 5.2%
1950 111,661 16.7%
1960 131,440 17.7%
1970 157,115 19.5%
1980 150,236 −4.4%
1990 147,548 −1.8%
2000 144,742 −1.9%
2010 134,083 −7.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Clark County Recorder's Office has a searchable online index beginning in 1988. All prior land records must be searched on location at the A.B. Graham building in downtown Springfield.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Clark County newspapers often contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers and Obituaries.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the Clark County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954, while the Ohio History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Clark County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Clark County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Clark County Public Library
201 South Fountain Ave
Springfield, OH 45506
937-328-6903
E-mail:askref@ccpl.lib.oh.us
Website

Friends of the Library Genealogical Research Group
Website

New Carlisle Public Library
111 E Lake Avenue
New Carlisle, OH 45344
937-845-3601
Website

Fisher Family Library and Archives at the Heritage Center
Heritage Center of Clark County
117 South Fountain Ave
Springfield, OH 45502
937-324-0657
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Heritage Center
117 S Fountain Ave
Springfield, OH 45502
937-324-0657
Email:clarkcountyhistory@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Clark County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

Clark County Genealogical Society
117 S Fountain Avenue
Springfield, OH
937-324-0657, ext. 230
E-mail:Clark.Gen.Soc@gmail.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ohio/clark/ accessed 2/14/2017
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Ohio, accessed 12 November 2018.