RESEARCHING IN CLARK COUNTY

PLACES TO BE SURE TO VISIT


CLARK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
Write to the Historical Society at 117 S. Fountain Avenue, Springfield, OH 45502 or call the office at (937) 324-0657). The Clark County Historical Society houses all original probate case files dating from 1818 to 1970 along with the following bound volumes: Will Records - Volume 2 through 86: Minister License - Volume; Ledgers - Volume 11 through 14, and Volume 17; original newspapers covering 1832 to approximately 1970; original Probate birth and death records from 1867 to 1908; and the complete library of the Clark County Genealogical Society, which is now housed at the Heritage Center. Many other collections are available, including card index by name of: decedents, marriages, and veterans of W.W.II.

The Fisher Family Library and Archives is open Tues., Wed., Thurs., and Sat., 10-5, Closed on Sunday. Don your white gloves and proceed into the past!

CLARK COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY - MAIN BRANCH,  201 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45502, (513) 328-6903. Magnificent area library which includes cemetery records according to name of cemetery.  They have all U.S. Census records for Clark County; the Mayflower ancestry books; Daughters of American Revolution Books; City and County Directories, including some rural directories; newspapers, including all evening papers since 1910.  Research hours are:  9 a.m - 9 p.m. Monday through Friday,  9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH GROUP, Group meets regularly on the third Saturday of each month at the Baker Room at the Clark County Public Library - Main Branch.  They have speakers in and can give assistance on how to do research.  Yearly dues are $3.  Persons wanting research done may write to the Library and address their letter to: Friends of the Library Genealogical Research Group, c/o Mrs. Sylvia R. Olson, 1268 Kenwood Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45505 or call (513) 323-2905. Charges are: $5 - initial search, and $6 - charge per hour, plus charge for copies.  Money for services rendered goes primarily toward the purchase of genealogical materials for the Clark County Public Library.


RECORDS FROM THE COURT HOUSE

Here are some links to help you with research. These are city and county links from Clark County, Ohio.

Clark County, Ohio -  main web page

Clark County Municipal Court - 50 East Columbia Street, Springfield, Ohio 

Vitalchek.com for Ohio

1. BIRTH RECORDS: Births recorded in Clark County start from 1867 to August, 1908, are indexed in the Court card file. Information from the actual record can consist of name, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names, residence of parents, and by who the birth was reported. The original volumes are at the Heritage Center (Historical Society) Archives and Library. Records after 1908 are at the Department of Health on Home Road (http://www.odh.state.oh.us/Directory/LHD/1200.htm).

2. DEATH RECORDS: Deaths recorded in Clark County start from 1867 to August, 1908, are also indexed in the Court card file. Information can consist of name, date of death, marital status at time of death, age, place of death, place of birth, occupation, name of father, name of mother, color, cause of death, place of residence, and by who the death was reported. The original volumes are at the Heritage Center (Historical Society) Archives and Library. Records after 1908 are at the Department of Health on Home Road (http://www.odh.state.oh.us/Directory/LHD/1200.htm).

3. MARRIAGE RECORDS: Marriage records date from 1818 to the present.  The records from 1818 to 1867 are indexed in four red volumes compiled by the Ohio State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The records from 1867 to the present are all indexed in the Court card file according to the man's last name.  Information on the marriage records varies according to the era.  The very old records contain only the names of the couple and sometimes the names of the parents.  More recent records contain the names, date of birth, place of birth, residence, name of father, maiden name of mother, and previous marriages along with minor children by that marriage.  The cost of a marriage record, consisting of the couple's names and the date of marriage, is $2.

4. NATURALIZATION RECORDS: Naturalization records start from March 20, 1861, to March 5, 1904 are available for you to see on microfilm in the Probate Court.  All records from March 5, 1904, to the present are located at the Clerk of Courts Office, Common Pleas Court, Court House, Springfield, Ohio

5. ESTATE RECORDS:  Estate records date from 1818 to the present. All records from 1818 to 1970 are on microfilm in the Probate Court. All the original files for these records are stored at the Clark County Historical Society, 117 S. Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45502. All the records from 1970 to the present are in the Court. Copies of these records are available at a charge of $1 per page

All records, with the exception of confidential matters (adoption and mental illness cases), are available for you to research personally.  Upon written request , copies of birth, marriage, death , and estate records will be made.  Staff will NOT do extensive genealogical research, however, and at your request inquiries will be refered to experienced researchers in the area.

6.   General Information for Adoption Records

For those records after 1964, Ohio statute provides that the record of adoption proceedings may be inspected only upon the personal direction of the probate judge. Further, such records are not available at any time for inspection by the general public. See the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics fact sheet.

Here are some links you can visit to help in your research: 

Adoptees Internet Mailing List The Adoption Connection Project
Adoptee Searcher's Online Handbook Adoption Advocates

FROM THE OFFICE OF VITAL STATISTICS:

The Ohio Department of Health houses only the records of persons adopted in Ohio. If the adoption did not occur in Ohio, contact the Vital Statistics office in the state where it did occur.   Below is the list of Adoption laws and procedures that the Vital Statistics office in Ohio provides:
Ohio Adoption Registry

Prior to 1/1/1964 Adoption Records Open to Adopted Person with Proper ID

1/1/1964 – 9/18/1996 Adoption Records Sealed – Only Opened by a Court Order H.B. 84

After 9/18/1996 Adoption Records Open – If Adopted Person is between 18-21 Years of Age H.B.419. For more information contact your local Vital Statistics Registrar or:

Ohio Department of Health
Vital Statistics
35 East Chestnut Street
P.O. 15098
Columbus, Ohio 43215-0098
Telephone: (614) 644-5635

List of Microfilm and Fiche of Clark County, OH from the LDS Church Family History Centery - Partial List

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7.  Additional  Clark County / Ohio Links to help in Research             Ohio quick facts http://www.n2genealogy.com/ohio.html     or    Ohio Maps  http://www.n2genealogy.com/ohio/oh-maps.html

   

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