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Online Records

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

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Clark County boundary changes.

Record Loss


Bible Records


Business Records and Commerce


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.

Church Records

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups



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.


Wikipedia has more about this subject: Clark County, Ohio

Land and Property

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.



Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship


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




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.

Public Records



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

Clark County Genealogical Society


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.

  • Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 Free name indexes and images at 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.

Web Sites

Places / Localities

Populated Places


  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Ohio (accessed 10 May 2012).