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Guide to '''Clark County, Ohio ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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}}[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ohio|Ohio]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Clark County''' <br><br>  
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}}[[United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ohio Genealogy|Ohio]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Clark County''' <br><br>  
  
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
 
=== Historical Facts  ===
  
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| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" align="center" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Death|Death]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Death|Death]]'''</center>  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Census|Tax]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Census|Tax]]'''</center>  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>  
| valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clark County, Ohio#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
 
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| style="height: 25px" valign="middle" width="16.6%" | <center>1818</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1818</center>  
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1818</center>
 
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| bgcolor="#99d6ff" width="100%" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Clark County, Ohio#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Clark County, Ohio#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Clark County, Ohio#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''*For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Clark County, Ohio#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Clark County, Ohio#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Clark County, Ohio#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''
 
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Champaign County, Ohio|Champaign]], [[Greene County, Ohio|Greene]] and [[Madison County, Ohio|Madison]] counties 26 December 1817.<ref name="HBG" /><br>  
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*'''Parent Counties''': Formed from [[Champaign County, Ohio Genealogy|Champaign]], [[Greene County, Ohio Genealogy|Greene]] and [[Madison County, Ohio Genealogy|Madison]] counties 26 December 1817.<ref name="HBG" /><br>  
 
*'''County Seat: '''Springfield  
 
*'''County Seat: '''Springfield  
*'''Neighboring Counties''': {{PAGENAME}}&nbsp;'''residents''' may also have records in [[Champaign County, Ohio|Champaign]] (north){{·}}[[Greene County, Ohio|Greene]] (south){{·}}[[Madison County, Ohio|Madison]] (east){{·}}[[Miami County, Ohio|Miami]] and [[Montgomery County, Ohio|Montgomery]] (west)<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).</ref>
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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[[Miami County, Ohio Genealogy|Miami County]] {{}}
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[[Champaign County, Ohio Genealogy|Champaign County]] {{}}
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[[Madison County, Ohio Genealogy|Madison County]] {{}}
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[[Greene County, Ohio Genealogy|Greene County]] {{•}}
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[[Montgomery County, Ohio Genealogy|Montgomery County]]
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<center>{{OHClark County, Ohio Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Clark County [http://www.ohio.n2genealogy.com/oh-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps"] (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in Ohio counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/oh-counties/#courthouse Ohio Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
=== Resources  ===
 
=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Bible Records  ====
 
==== Bible Records  ====
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For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see [[Ohio Bible Records]].
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
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*Wilson Chapel Cemetery  
 
*Wilson Chapel Cemetery  
 
*Wragg Cemetery, located south of Plattsburg Road with no public access.
 
*Wragg Cemetery, located south of Plattsburg Road with no public access.
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[http://www.interment.net/us/oh/Clark.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Ohio+Clark+County.&qt=hot_subject WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#country=United+States&state=Ohio&county=Clark&search_text=&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]
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==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{OH Church Intro}}
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{{Template:OH Church Records Repositories|Clark|474658}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
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==== History  ====
 
==== History  ====
  
{{Wikipedia|Clark County, Ohio}}  
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{{OH History}}
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===== Local History  =====
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:*Prince, Benjamin F. ''A standard history of Springfield and Clark County, Ohio: an authentic narrative of the past…'' (Chicago&nbsp;: American Historical Society, 1922) Volume 1 only digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=hToVAAAAYAAJ Google Books]; Volume 2 only digital verson at [http://archive.org/details/astandardhistor00socigoog Internet Archive]; Volume 1 only digital version at {{FSbook|102135}} and Volume 2 only digital version at {{FSbook|111054}}; {{FHL|110999|item|disp=FHL film 934883 Items 2-3}}.
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:*Croft, Grace Hildy, ''The History of Clark County, Ohio: containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc.; general and local statistics; portraits of early settlers and prominent men…'' (Chicago&nbsp;: W.H. Beers, 1881) Digital version at {{FSbook|95342}}; {{FHL| 110995|item|disp=FHL book 977.149 H2h 1972}}; Index of names in “Index to the history of Clark County, Ohio” {{FHL|111724|item|disp=FHL book 977.149 H2h index}}.
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:*Rockel, William Mahlon, ''20th Century History of Springfield, and Clark County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens'' (Chicago, Illinois&nbsp;: Biographical Publishing Co., 1908) Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=XNoyAQAAMAAJ Google Books]; [http://archive.org/details/20thcenturyhisto00rock Internet Archive].
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
  
[http://www.landaccess.com/sites/oh/clark/index.php 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.  
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[http://www.landaccess.com/sites/oh/clark/index.php 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.<br>
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{{Template:OH Land and Property Other Repositories|Clark|370713}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Ohclark.jpg|400px|Ohclark.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/ohio/ Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{OHnewspapers|Clark}} '''Online Newspapers'''<br> '''Online Newspaper Abstracts'''<br>
  
 
*Springfield Daily News, Springfield, Ohio&nbsp; See:&nbsp; [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1671&enc=1 Ohio Obituary Index, 1830s-2009, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center] -&nbsp;Ancestry $
 
*Springfield Daily News, Springfield, Ohio&nbsp; See:&nbsp; [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1671&enc=1 Ohio Obituary Index, 1830s-2009, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center] -&nbsp;Ancestry $
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'''Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form'''<br> {{OHnewspaper abstracts|Claark}}&nbsp;
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{OH Probate Intro}}
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:*'''1790–1967''' - {{RecordSearch|1992421|Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by [[How to Navigate Browsable Images|browsing]] the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Ohio_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Record Description page]. <br>
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohclark/Probate/wills.htm Community contributed probate extracts and transcriptions] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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[http://www.probate.clarkcountyohio.gov/ Clark County Probate Court] 50 E. Columbia Street Springfield, Ohio 45502  
 
[http://www.probate.clarkcountyohio.gov/ Clark County Probate Court] 50 E. Columbia Street Springfield, Ohio 45502  
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Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays.  
 
Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays.  
  
All materials are available to be researched personally. Staff will do lookups and make copies by written request, with a $3.00 fee for each name requested. Extensive genealogical requests cannot be filled and will be forwarded to experienced local researchers.  
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All materials are available to be researched personally. Staff will do lookups and make copies by written request, with a $3.00 fee for each name requested. Extensive genealogical requests cannot be filled and will be forwarded to experienced local researchers. {{Template:OH Probate Repositories|Clark|451351}}
  
 
==== Public Records  ====
 
==== Public Records  ====
  
 
==== Repositories  ====
 
==== Repositories  ====
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===== Courthouse  =====
 
===== Courthouse  =====
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===== Family History Centers  =====
 
===== Family History Centers  =====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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{{OH fhc|Clark}}[[Dayton Ohio East Family History Center|Dayton Ohio East Family History Center]]. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [http://www.familysearch.org/locations FHC directory].
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*Champaign County Library Family History Center
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
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===== Museums  =====
 
===== Museums  =====
  
===== Societies  =====
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===== &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Societies  =====
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcccogs/ Clark County Genealogical Society]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcccogs/ Clark County Genealogical Society]<br>117 S. Fountain Avenue Springfield, OH <br> (937) 324-0657, ext. 230<br>[mailto:Clark.Gen.Soc@gmail.com Clark.Gen.Soc@gmail.com]
 
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*[http://www.heritagecenter.us/ Clark County Historical Society]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcccogs/ Clark County Ohio Genealogical Society]
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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{{OH Tax Intro}}
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:*'''1818''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohclark/clktax.htm Tax list] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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{{Template:OH Tax Records Repositories|Clark|366331}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{OH Vital Intro}}
  
 
===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''<br>
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:*'''1800-1962''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2541 Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1821–1962''' - {{RecordSearch|1680845|Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. This is an incomplete index of extractions of original records and of patron-submitted records. This index is not complete for any particular place or region. Information may have been previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.
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:*'''1856–1909''' - {{RecordSearch|1932106|Ohio, County Births, 1856-1909}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. The collection includes a name index and images of county birth records in Ohio. The time period and type of record varies by county.
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:*'''1800-1962''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2541 Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1908-1964''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3146 Ohio, Birth Index, 1908-1964] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($) <br>
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:*'''1867-1889''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohclark/births.htm Clark County Births] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''<br>
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:*'''1789–1994''' - {{RecordSearch|1614804|Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. Name index and images of county marriage records acquired from local courthouses.
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:*'''1800–1958''' - {{RecordSearch|1681001|Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. Name index to marriage records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
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:*'''1803-1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5194 Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1818-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=30093 Clark County, Ohio marriage records, 1818-1865] at [http://www.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($); book transcription.
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:*'''1898-1912''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=48348 Ohio Marriages] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1970-2007''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2025 Ohio Marriage Index, 1970, 1972-2007] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1818-1929''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohclark/marr.htm Clark County Marriages] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
  
 
===== Death  =====
 
===== Death  =====
  
*'''[[Ohio Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953]]''' Free name indexes and images at [[Ohio Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|FamilySearch]]. Records include such information as birth date of deceased, city, county, and state of death, name of spouse if married, names of parents, maiden name of mother, name of informant, if deceased was single, married, windowed or divorced, occupation of deceased.
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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:*'''1854–1997''' - {{RecordSearch|1681000|Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free; Index. Name index to death and burial records from the state of Ohio. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 2,535,556 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.<br>
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:*'''1908–1932, 1938–1944, and 1958–2007''' - {{RecordSearch|1949341|Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007}} at [http://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Historical Records] – free. Index of deaths from the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus. Index provided by Ancestry.com.
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:*'''1908-2007''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5763 Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($)
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:*'''1867''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohclark/death/1867Dth.htm Clark County Deaths in 1867] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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:*'''various years''' - [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohclark/loosedeath.htm Community contributed death certificate extracts] Courtesy of OhioGenWeb
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:*'''1962-2007''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2026 Ohio Divorce Index, 1962-1963, 1967-1971, 1973-2007] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ ancestry.com] ($) <br>
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=== Web Sites  ===
 
=== Web Sites  ===
  
*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Clark|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Ohio%2C+Clark|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/ohio/clark-county/ Clark County, OH History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102354897055084945585 Ohio Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/219410844759934/ Ohio Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
  
 
=== Places / Localities  ===
 
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Latest revision as of 03:18, 6 February 2015

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Ohio
Online Records


Clark County, Ohio
Map
Boundary map of Clark County, Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Courthouse
Clark County, Ohio Courthouse.jpg
Address Clark County Courthouse
101 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, Ohio 45502
Clark County Website
Phone: 937.328.2458
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1867
1818
1867
1818
1818
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries


Neighboring Counties

Miami County  • Champaign County  • Madison County  • Greene County  • Montgomery County


Clark CountyChampaign CountyShelby CountyClinton CountyButler CountyWarren CountyDarke CountyMadison CountyGreene CountyMiami CountyLogan CountyFayette CountyMontgomery CountyChampaign CountyOHClark.JPG


Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Ohio county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Ohio County Boundary Maps" (1788-1888) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Resources

Bible Records

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

Biography

Business Records and Commerce

Cemeteries

Harmony Township Cemeteries

  • Brighton Cemetery
  • Fletcher Chapel Cemetery
  • Laybourn Cemetery
  • Lisbon Cemetery
  • South Vienna Cemetery, State Route 40, just west of South Vienna.
  • Plattsburg Cemetery, on Plattsburg Road just east of Plattsburg.
  • Wilson Chapel Cemetery
  • Wragg Cemetery, located south of Plattsburg Road with no public access.


Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb

Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.

Church Records

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, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.

Finding More Church Records

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

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

Miami Valley Genealogy Index is an Index to more than a half million pointers to records all over Miami Valley including Clark County.

Clark County Ohio GenWeb is the Clark County branch of the Ohio GenWeb project. It includes vital records, cemetery transcriptions, census indexes, maps, and other information provided by volunteers.

Clark County Ohio Historical Society is located in the Heritage Center of Clark County, with an extensive library and archives containing local history documents. This is also the location of the Clark County Genealogical Society.

Clark County Public Library has genealogical records on microfilm including census, birth and death records, naturalization records, local newspapers, etc. Also holds city directories beginning in 1852 and some rural directories beginning in 1903.

History

Local histories are available for Clark County, Ohio Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Ohio Local Histories.

Local History

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.

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.

Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:


Maps

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Military

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Historical Society. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers. Online Newspapers
Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form
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Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark County, Ohio Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate

Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Clark County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Clark County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

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

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only).



Clark County Probate Court 50 E. Columbia Street Springfield, Ohio 45502

Phone:(937) 521-1845 Fax:(937) 328-2589 Email: sweldy@clarkcountyohio.gov

Genealogical resources available:

  • Births and deaths recorded in Clark County 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.

Hours: M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays.

All materials are available to be researched personally. Staff will do lookups and make copies by written request, with a $3.00 fee for each name requested. Extensive genealogical requests cannot be filled and will be forwarded to experienced local researchers. ===== Finding More Probate Records =====

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

Public Records

Repositories

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

Courthouse

Clark County Courthouse
Ab Graham Building
Springfield, OH 45502
Phone: 937.328.2458 

Probate Judge has birth, marriage, death, probate and naturalization records.
Court Clerk has divorce and court records.
County Recorder has land records.[1]

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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, Ohio Genealogy is the Dayton Ohio East Family History Center. For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the FHC directory.

  • Champaign County Library Family History Center
Libraries
Museums
    Societies

Taxation

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. For more information see the wiki page Ohio Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

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

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Clark County, Ohio Genealogy 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 Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Clark County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Clark County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

See also How to order Ohio Vital Records or order vital records electronically online.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Finding More Vital Records

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

Web Sites

Places / Localities

Populated Places

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 540, Clark County, Ohio. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.


 

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