Clark County, Illinois Facts
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Clark County Facts
- Government Website: www.clarkcountyil.org
- Created Date / Origin: March 23, 1819 from Crawford County
- County Seat: Marshall (prior county seats was Aurora from 1818-1823, Darwin (Name changed from McClure’s Bluff) from1823-1838)
- Named After: George Rogers Clark (1752–1818), highest-ranking officer in the Northwest Territory during the American Revolution
- Bordering Counties: Edgar County (north), Vigo County, IN (northeast), Sullivan County, IN (southeast), Crawford County (south), Jasper County (southwest), Cumberland County (west), Coles County (northwest)
- Cities, Towns & Villages: Casey, Clarksville , Marshall, Martinsville, Westfield, West Union
- Townships: Johnson, Anderson, Auburn, Casey, Darwin, Dolson, Douglas, Orange, Parker, Melrose, Marshall, Martinsville, Wabash, Westfield, York
Clark County Genealogical & Historical Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Clark County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Illinois State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Clark County Genealogical Society, 309 Maple Street, Box 153, Marshall 62441
- Clark County Historical Society & Museum, 402 S 4th Street, Marshall 62441
- Eastern Illinois University, Booth Library, 600 Lincoln Ave, Charleston, IL 61920; (217) 581-6093
- Clark County, Illinois Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Clark County
- Clark County, Illinois Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Clark County
- USGenWeb Archives for Clark County
Clark County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Clark County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and worries of the many Illinois people.
The chances are very good that your forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Clark County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.
Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Clark county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth. Some records lost or damaged in a fire on December 30, 1902
- Clark County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 501 Archer Ave., Marshall, IL 62441
- Clark County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
- Phone: 217-826-8311
- Marriage Records: 1819
- Birth & Death Records: 1865
- Land Records: 1816
- Clark County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
- Phone: 217-826-2811
- Probate Records: 1820
- Court Records: 1821
- Clark County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
- Illinois Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from January 1, 1916 and Marriage & Divorces since January 1 1962. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.
Clark County Links
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Clark County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own preferred Clark County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.
Clark Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Clark Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications
Clark Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Clark Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Clark Co. IL Census Records
Clark Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards
Clark Co. IL Church & Bible Records
Clark Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
Clark Co. IL General and History Websites
Clark Co. IL Military Records
- Illinois Military Records (fold3.com) gives easy access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents belonging to the Illinois both males and females that served. Suitable for Clark County genealogists, researchers, historians plus much more.