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

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Clark County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Clark County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: March 23, 1819
County Seat Marshall
Courthouse
Clark County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Clark County Courthouse
501 Archer Avenue
Marshall, Illinois 62441
(217) 826-8311
Clark County Website


Clark County Organization[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1877 1819 1877 1821 1818 1820 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths started 1916. General compliance by 1922.

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Clark County are kept, see the Clark County Courthouse page.

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

George Rogers Clark.jpg

Clark County is named for George Rogers Clark who was a Colonel of the Virginia militia and established Colonial control in the Illinois area by the capture of Kaskaskia and Fort Vincennes.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for George Rogers Clark (older brother of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition), an officer of the army of Virginia that captured the Northwest Territory from the British during the Revolutionary War. The County Seat is Marshall and was founded 1819. It is located in the Central area of the state.[2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 22 March 1819: Clark County was created from Crawford County. '[3]

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1902 Some records were lost or damaged in a fire on December 30.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Places/Localities[edit | edit source]


To see a list of places in Clark County, click on [Show], above. The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Records and Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Clark County edition.  This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Clark County residents.  See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

Federal[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190024,033
191023,517−2.1%
192021,165−10.0%
193017,872−15.6%
194018,8425.4%
195017,362−7.9%
196016,546−4.7%
197016,216−2.0%
198016,9134.3%
199015,921−5.9%
200017,0086.8%
IL Counties 1900-1990

For tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

State[edit | edit source]

1840 Pensioners[edit | edit source]

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Clark County on page 186.]

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Church records can give birth, death and marriage information as well as indictate family relationships. See Illinois state wiki article Church Records for more ideas about how to use church records in your research.

Methodist

Methodist Episcopal

  • Wesley Chapel Courtesy of Illinois GenWeb. Church history, lists some members.

Presbyterian

  • Baliff Church  Courtesy of Illinois GenWeb. Church history, lists some pastors.

United Brethren

  • Histories of Former E.U.B. and United Methodist Churches, Rural Areas, Casey, Illinois. Manuscript. 1978. Other Libraries (WorldCat)

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Ethnic Research[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Mailing Lists[edit | edit source]

Message Boards[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Clark County edition. This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Clark County residents. See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

go to Illinois Land and Property for more information.

1818-present The original land and property records for Clark County are held by the County Clerk.  The following copies are available: 

Online Resources

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources



Military History and Records
[edit | edit source]

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois has a Clark County edition.  This includes a state history section along with a county history and biographies of Clark County residents.  See the wiki article for links to available copies and indexes.

Civil War[edit | edit source]

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

- 10th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies G and H.
- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company H.
- 30th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company C.
- 70th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 79th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies F and I.
- 123rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E, F, and G.
- 130th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 152nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry (1 year, 1865), Company G.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Newspapers and Obituaries[edit | edit source]

The Clark County Public Library has a list of newspapers available for genealogy research here

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records


Original probate records are usually held by the circuit court clerk.  Probate records include wills, inventories, settlements, and guardianship records. The following copies are available:

Repositories[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Clark County are kept, see the Clark County Courthouse page.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

  • For current information about a center near you, go to the Family History Center Map There are over 4500 Family History Centers worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors. Microfilm and microfiche may be available at your local Family History Center. Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website.  Call ahead to verify operating hours. All are welcome.

    The following centers are accessible to residents of Clark County, Illinois:

    Danville Illinois Family History Center
    1941 N Bowman Ave
    Danville, Vermilion, Illinois
    Phone: 217-446-5887
    Hours: Sat 9:30 am-2 pm

    Linton Indiana Family History Center
    1000 W Lone Tree Rd
    Linton, Greene, Indiana
    Phone: 812-847-9044
    Hours: Wed. 6-9 pm, Sat 9-2

    Terre Haute Indiana Family History Center
    1845 N 6 1/2 St
    Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana
    Phone: 812-234-0269
    Hours: Tue 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Closed: Mondays after 6:00 p.m., all major holidays, inclement weather, whenever Vigo school are on delays or early dismissals.
    Attention: The Center is also available by appointment with a Family History Consultant.

    Vincennes Indiana Family History Center
    1940 N Old Hwy 41
    Vincennes, Knox, Indiana
    Phone: 812-882-4022
    Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm
    Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas

Please note: Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries

Clark County Genealogical Library[edit | edit source]

521 Locust Street
Marshall ,IL 62441
1–217–826-2864

The Clark County Genealogical Library is open Thur, Fri and Sat from 12:30pm to 3pm. They have extensive newspaper records, most of the extracts have been indexed. They also have an incredible selection of family histories, the majority of which are also indexed. They have a shelf on cemeteries of the county and listings of burials up to around 1972. Censuses are indexed, too. The ladies manning the place can help direct you to family histories for specific names. The library is located on the south side of the courthouse square in Marshall. It faces the courthouse.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)[edit | edit source]

The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments.  Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.  The records of Clark County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.
Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093

Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Casey Twp. Library
307 E Main
Casey, IL 62420
Phone: 1–217–932–2105

Marshall Public Library
612 Archer Avenue
Marshall, IL 62441
Phone: 1–217–826–2535
This library holds microfilm of all local newspapers since the Civil War.

Martinsville Public Library District
120 E. Cumberland St.
Martinsville, IL 62442
Phone: 1–217–382–4113

West Union District Library
209 W. Union Street
West Union, IL 62477
Phone: 1–217–279–3556

Schools[edit | edit source]

Social Groups Online[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Clark County Genealogical Society
521 Locust St
Marshall, IL 62441
Telephone Number: 217-826-2864
Website

Clark County Il Historical Society and Museum
402 S 4th Street
Marshall, IL
Telephone Number: 217-826-2252
Website
Facebook
The Clark County Historical Society buildings are open each Sunday afternoon from 2-4 p.m.

Clark County Genealogical Society
309 Maple Street
Box 153
Marshall 62441

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


Births[edit | edit source]

1877–present  The original Clark County birth records 1877- present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1877-1906 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Clark County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877-1913 Birth Record Index – IRAD-EIU Search for Clark County records.

Marriages[edit | edit source]

  • 1819–present The original Clark County marriage records 1819-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

The following abstracts and indexes are available:

Deaths[edit | edit source]

1877–present The original Clark County death records 1877-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:

  • 1877–1911 Death Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Clark County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877–1911 Death Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Clark County records.

The following abstracts are available:

Websites[edit | edit source]

Databases pertinent to Clark County

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clark County, Illinois. Page 192-199 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 194-197.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Illinois 4/11/2017.
  3. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)

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