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Founded February 3, 1801
County Seat Jeffersonville
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Address Clark County Courthouse
City Court Bldg 501 E Ct Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 812.285.6244
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
 
Marriage
 
Death
 
Land
 
Probate
1882*
 
1807*
 
1882*
 
1801
 
1801
*For earlier dates, 

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries 

  • Parent Counties: Formed 3 February 1801 from Knox[1]
  • County Seat: Jeffersonville [2]


Neighboring Counties

Floyd • Washington • Scott • Jefferson • Trimble • Oldham • Jefferson


Scott CountyWashington CountyOrange CountyCrawford CountyHarrison CountyHenry CountyShelby CountyBullitt CountyMeade CountyNelson CountySpencer CountyFloyd CountyJefferson CountyOldham CountyCarroll CountyTrimble CountyJefferson CountySwitzerland CountyClark CountyJackson CountyINClark.JPG


Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Indiana Counties see: Indiana Counties with Burned Courthouses

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business Records

Cemeteries

Clark County Cemeteries Online Database courtesy USGenNet

Bethelehem Township (Bethlehem, Indiana):

  • Antioch Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Bethlehem Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 09/06/97)
  • Camp Creek Cemetery (on Indiana State Library Cemetery Database; no further information at this time)
  • Louden Cemetery Mikesell Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • New Hope Cemetery
  • Otto Cemetery (on Indiana State Library Cemetery Database; no further information at this time)
  • Palmer Cemetery (on Indiana State Library Cemetery Database; no further information at this time)
  • Patterson Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Ross Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 11/24/97)
  • Tiaris Cemetery
  • Turner Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Waters Cemetery (mistakenly known as "Stoner Cemetery"; some info on-line as of 07/16/97)

Carr Township (Bennettsville and Carrwood, Indiana):

  • Adkins Cemetery (added 03/05/2000)
  • Allen Cemetery (a/k/a Jenkins Cemetery) (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Hagest Cemetery (a/k/a Keibler Cemetery and Hitch Cemetery) (On-Line Index Updated 07/05/97)
  • Hickory Grove Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 11/22/97)
  • Merrill-Ward Cemetery
  • Miller Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 11/27/97)
  • Stone Grave at Deam Lake (single burial) (added 08/11/99
  • ) Wagner Cemetery at Deam Lake (added 08/11/99)

Charlestown Township (Charlestown and part of Otisco, Indiana):

  • Armstrong Cemetery Baird Cemetery (a/k/a King Cemetery, 54 Cemetery and 74 Cemetery)
  • Bottorff Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Caldwell Cemetery (a/k/a Lutz/Prather Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 07/11/97)
  • Carter Cemetery
  • Charlestown Cemetery
  • Coble Cemetery
  • County Poor Farm Cemetery THIS ONE IS GONE! NO KNOWN MARKERS
  • Crace Cemetery
  • Douglas Cemetery
  • Faris Cemetery (on Tunnel Mill Road at Boy Scout Reservation) (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Goodwin Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Goodwin/Nicholson Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Hammond Cemetery
  • Hester-Rowland Cemetery
  • Kessler Cemetery (a/k/a Faris Cemetery II) (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Long Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Mathes Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • McCormick Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97) [sometimes referred to as "McCullough Cemetery" as the property was at one time owned by Frank McCullough]
  • McDonald Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 02/04/2003)
  • Meloy Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97) Recently re-discovered; in very bad condition
  • Montgomery Cemetery Otisco Cemetery I (a/k/a Seedtick Cemetery)
  •  Pleasant Grove Cemetery
  • Robertson Cemetery (may be the same as "Robinson Cemetery")
  • Robinson Cemetery (may be the same as "Robertson Cemetery")
  • Salem Methodist Church Cemetery
  • Shelby Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 11/28/97)
  • Silver Creek Cemetery (Part I -- Abbott to Munk) (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)
  • Silver Creek Cemetery (Part II -- Nicholson to Yowler) (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)
  • St. Michael's Cemetery
  • James Stuart Plantation Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Weimer Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Worrell/Worrall Cemetery

Jeffersonville Township (Jeffersonville and Clarksville, Indiana):

  • Applegate Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97) THIS ONE IS GONE!
  • Civil War Cemetery (now known as "Playsquare Park", the playground behind Rosehill Elementary School)THIS ONE IS GONE!
  • Eastern Cemetery (f/k/a Chestnut Grove Cemetery)
  • Espy Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Gilmore Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/21/97)
  • Grayson Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/21/97)
  • Hale McBride Family Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/21/97)
  • Lacassagne/Moore Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97) THIS ONE IS GONE!
  • McBride (David) Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • McClintick Cemetery [McClintick and Sylvester families] (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Old City Cemetery
  • Mulberry Street Cemetery and Chestnut/Market Street Cemetery (Historical Info On-Line) THESE SITES ARE ALL GONE!
  • St. Anthony's Cemetery
  • Stewart Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/21/97)
  • Walnut Ridge Cemetery

Monroe Township (Henryville, Indiana):

  • Allen Cemetery (a/k/a Biggs Cemetery and McBride Cemetery) -- See McBride-Allen-Biggs Cemetery
  • Blue Lick Cemetery (a/k/a Mountain Grove Cemetery)
  • Bowerman Cemetery (on Indiana State Library Cemetery Database; believed to be an erroneous reference to Bowery Cemetery in Union Twp.)
  • Cass Cemetery
  • Clegg Cemetery (a/k/a Mt. Moriah Cemetery)
  • Collings Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/21/97)
  • Dieterlen Grave (single baby's grave) (added 06/05/99)
  • Dietz Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/21/97)
  • Forest Grove Cemetery (a/k/a Willey's Chapel)
  • Guernsey Cemetery (added 01/16/2000)
  • Henryville Cemetery
  • Hylton-Condrey Cemetery (expecting additional information soon from Jeanne Burke)
  • Hosea Family Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/21/97)
  • Kaylor-Wilcox Cemetery (small, old family cemetery inside the Clark State Forest at Henryville)
  • Little Union Cemetery (sometimes referred to as "Gross Cemetery") (On-Line Index Done 06/22/97)
  • McBride-Allen-Biggs Cemetery (a/k/a Allen Cemetery)
  • Mt. Lebanon Cemetery (On-Line Index added 08/03/99)
  • Mt. Moriah Cemetery (see Clegg Cemetery)
  • Mt. Zion Cemetery-- HISTORICAL INFO; NOT AN INDEX (Done 07/07/97)
  • Otisco Cemetery II
  • Pigeon Roost Cemetery -- Not in Clark County; just north of line in Scott County
  • St. Clair Cemetery -- HISTORICAL INFO; NOT AN INDEX (Done 07/07/97)
  • St. Francis Catholic Cemetery (on Indiana State Library Cemetery Database as "Henryville Catholic Cemetery")
  • Tuttle Cemetery -- Near Bowery Cemetery (had about 10 stones; only 3 remain)
  • Wootan Cemetery -- Inside the Clark State Forest (On-Line Index Done 06/22/97)

Oregon Township (Marysville, Indiana):

  • Beswick Cemetery (a/k/a Walnut Hill Cemetery) (Partial On-Line Index done 06/22/97; photos added 06/05/99)
  • Covert Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/22/97)
  • Emmanuel United Methodist Church Cemetery (Photos and on-line Index added 06/05/99)
  • Goben Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/22/97)
  • Hebron Cemetery
  • Kern Cemetery (Photos and on-line index added 06/05/99)
  • Otisco Cemetery (see Monroe Township)
  • New Market Christian Church Cemetery (Photos added 08/07/2000)
  • New Market Presbyterian Church Cemetery (a/k/a Mt. Vernon Cemetery) (Photos added 08/07/2000)
  • Sawmill Road Cemetery (Photos and on-line index added 06/05/99)
  • States Cemetery (Photos added 08/07/2000)
  • Webb Farm Cemetery (GRIFFIN Family buried here) (On-Line Index and Photos Done 12/10/97)

Owen Township (Hibernia, Indiana):

  • Bowyer Cemetery (a/k/a Hogan Cemetery) (Photos and index on-line 07/12/98)
  • Conn Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/22/97)
  • Hibernia Cemetery at Hibernia Christian Church (Photos and some info on-line as of 07/12/98)
  • Hogan Cemetery
  • Manaugh Cemetery (Some info on-line as of 07/16/97)
  • Olive Branch Cemetery (Photos and some info on-line as of 07/16/98)
  • Owen Creek Presbyterian/Baptist Church and Cemetery (Photos and some info on-line as of 07/12/98)
  • Perry Cemetery THIS ONE IS GONE! (Some info on-line as of 07/16/97)
  • Pleasant View Cemetery "NO CEMETERY THERE" (Some info on-line as of 07/16/97)
  • Shiloh Cemetery (a/k/a Owen Township Cemetery) (Photos and index on-line as of 07/12/98)

Silver Creek Township (Sellersburg, Speed and Hamburg, Indiana):

  • Bottorff/Couch Cemetery
  • Cremer/Kramer Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)
  • Cunningham Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97) THIS ONE APPEARS TO BE GONE!
  • Hendricks Cemetery (a/k/a Sarles Cemetery and Hell's Half Acre)
  • Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery {see McClintick Cemetery in Jeffersonville Township}
  • Jenkins Cemetery (added 03/17/2004)
  • Lehmanowsky Cemetery (added 10/12/99; believed to be lost; discovered in deed records)
  • Phelps Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 11/02/97)
  • Poindexter Cemetery (Partial index on-line)
  • Plum Run Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/20/97)
  • Sellersburg Cemetery
  • Smith Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church and Cemetery
  • Francis Wells Family Cemetery (a/k/a Francis Wells Cemetery) (On-Line Index Done 06/20/97)
  • Whalen Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 02/27/99)

Union Township (Memphis, Indiana):

  • Black and White Cemetery (a/k/a Weir or Wilson Cemetery) (On-Line Index Done 07/06/97)
  • Bowery Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)
  • Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church and Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)

Utica Township (Utica, Indiana):

  • Adams Family Cemetery (newly discovered site, added 12/29/1999) -- THIS CEMETERY IS SCHEDULED TO BE DISMANTLED IN 2001
  • Barnett Cemetery (a/k/a Adams Cemetery) [BLIZZARDs, HILTIBIDALs and YOUNGs buried here]
  • Briar Hill Cemetery (Slave and Free Blacks Cemetery)
  • Burtt Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)
  • Friend Cemetery (a/k/a Dailey Cemetery) (On-Line Index added 12/97)
  • Hillcrest Cemetery (a/k/a Utica Cemetery)
  • Koonz Cemetery[SPANGLERs buried here] (On-Line Index and Photos added 11/30/97)
  • Lentz Family Cemetery (Partial on-line index added 06/02/98)
  • Lentz Heirs Cemetery (Family of John George Summers) (On-Line Index Done 07/11/97)
  • New Chapel Cemetery (Part I -- Adams to Lawrence) (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • New Chapel Cemetery (Part II -- Lawton to Young) (On-Line Index Done 06/03/97)
  • Queen of Heaven Cemetery
  • Smith Cemetery (added 08/08/2001)
  • Stacy Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 09/21/97)
  • Union Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)
  • Part Two of Union Cemetery index (J-Z)
  • Utica Cemetery (Part I -- Abernathy to Jenning) (On-Line Index Done 07/05/97)
  • Utica Cemetery (Part II -- Johnson to Snider) (On-Line Index Done 07/05/97)
  • Utica Cemetery (Part III -- Solfrank to Zinck) (On-Line Index Done 07/05/97)
  • Washington Cemetery

Washington Township (New Washington and Nabb, Indiana):

  • Adams Cemetery (a/k/a Fifer Cemetery) (On-Line Index Done 06/23/97)
  • Barnes Cemetery (Historical information and on-line index)
  • Barnes Community House Cemetery (on Indiana State Library Cemetery Database; no further info at this time)
  • Britan Cemetery (a/k/a Pisgah Cemetery) (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • Crown Hill Cemetery (On-Line Index added 08/11/99)
  • Fouts/Robison Cemetery (Historical information only)
  • Frazier Family Cemetery
  • Glass Family Cemetery
  • Grayfriar-McMillen Cemetery
  • Lawrence Cemetery
  • Izzard Cemetery
  • New Washington Christian Church and Cemetery (On-Line Index added 08/19/99)
  • Staples Cemetery
  • Work Cemetery (a/k/a Bower-Work Cemetery and Henly-Work Cemetery)

Wood Township (Borden and Starlight, Indiana):

  • African-American Cemetery near Daisy Hill Cemetery
  • Borden Town Cemetery (Old) (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • Daisy Hill Cemetery
  • Dow Cemetery
  • Emmanuel Cemetery
  • Fisher Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • Gibson Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • Goss Cemetery I (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • Goss Cemetery II (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • Gruen CemeteryTHIS ONE IS GONE!
  • Hallett Cemetery
  • Johnson Family Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • McKinley-Packwood Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • New Chapel Cemetery (on Indiana State Library Cemetery Database; apparently different from New Chapel Cem. in Utica Twp.; no further info at this time)
  • Newman/Fisher Cemetery THIS ONE IS GONE!
  • Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Robertson Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Cemetery
  • Swayback Cemetery -- According to the Township Trustee, this cemetery is in WASHINGTON County, not Clark County Walnut Hill Cemetery [not the same as Walnut Hill Cemetery in Oregon Twp.]
  • Whitson Cemetery
  • Wood Cemetery (On-Line Index Done 06/24/97)

Census Records

For tips on accessing Clark County, Indiana census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

Finding More Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark County, Indiana Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

Histories

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Clark County, Indiana. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.

  • Biographical and Historical Souvenir for the Counties of Clark, Crawford, Harrison, Floyd, Jefferson, Jennings, Scott and Washington, Indiana. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1972.) FHL US/CAN Film 934899 Item 4 FHL Collection  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE

For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.

Land and Property

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.

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

Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark County, Indiana Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Maps

Military Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Clark County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Clark County.


Civil War Books

  • "The Military History of Clark County" chapter 18-19 in Baird, Lewis C. 1972. Baird's history of Clark County, Indiana. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic) (page 178-205, Regiment, Compaies)  977.2185 H2b FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Occupations

Probate Records

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark County, Indiana Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

School Records
Voter Registration

Repositories

See also a List of Indiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Courthouse

Clark County Courthouse
City Court Bldg 501 E Ct Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 812.285.6244

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1850 and court records.
County Recorder has land records.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[3]

Archives
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Clark County Historical Society
P.O. Box 606
Jeffersonville, IN 47130 

Source: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~insigs/

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society

The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society was formed May 3,1979, to encourage, gather and preserve genealogy materials and information in the seven southern Indiana counties of Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, Perry, and Washington.

Our general meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at the NewAlbany-Floyd County Public Library in New Albany, Indiana. Membership meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. After a short business meeting, a qualified speaker presents a program of a genealogical or historical nature.

Our collection of genealogical materials is housed in the Indiana History Room of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library. We are a non-profit organization, operated by volunteers. A listing of "For Hire" researchers is available upon request from the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring Street, New Albany, IN.

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Clark County, Indiana is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the Family History Center directory.

Taxation

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses 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.

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark County, Indiana Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Clark County, Indiana County Clerk with divorce records located with the Clark County, Indiana Clerk of Courts.

Source: http://vitalrec.com/incounties5.html#Clark

Clark County Vital Records
Clark County Health Dept.
1320 Duncan Ave
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 282-7521

Clark County Court House Clerks Office
501 East Court Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
812) 282-7765


Birth Records

Record Cost Dates Ordering Notes Birth $10.00 since 1882 Order Online Mail Order from Health Dept Death $10.00 since 1882 Order Online Mail Order from Health Dept Genealogy Request $5.00 for up to 5 names since 1882 Mail Order from Health Dept Marriage $2.00 certified copy since 1807 from Clerks Office

Marriage Records
Death Records
  • Indiana State Digital Archives for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark County, Indiana Vital Records in online catalogs like:



Web Sites

Places

Quick Facts:  http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/18/18019.html

(Source U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts. Data derived from Population Estimates, Census of Population and Housing, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits, Consolidated Federal Funds Report )

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

 

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