Clark County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Jeffersonville
Organized: 1870
Parent County(s): Knox
Neighboring Counties
Floyd  • Washington  • Scott  • Jefferson  • Trimble (KY)  • Oldham (KY)  • Jefferson (KY)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Clark County was named for General George Rogers Clark. It is located along the southern border of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clark County Courthouse
City Court Bldg 501 E Ct Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 812-285-6244
County Website

Clark County Health Department
1201 Wall St.
Jeffersonville, IN, 47130
Health Officer: Eric Yazel MS, MD
Phone Number: 812-282-7521
Fax: 812-288-2711
Health Department

County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1850 and court records.
County Recorder has land records.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[2]
Health Department has birth records and death records.
Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Clark County, Indiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1850 1882 1801 1801 1801 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Andalusia
  • Claysburg

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]


Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Clark County census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 5,670
1820 8,709 53.6%
1830 10,686 22.7%
1840 14,595 36.6%
1850 15,828 8.4%
1860 20,502 29.5%
1870 24,770 20.8%
1880 28,610 15.5%
1890 30,259 5.8%
1900 31,835 5.2%
1910 30,260 −4.9%
1920 29,381 −2.9%
1930 30,764 4.7%
1940 31,020 0.8%
1950 48,330 55.8%
1960 62,795 29.9%
1970 75,876 20.8%
1980 88,838 17.1%
1990 87,774 −1.2%
2000 96,472 9.9%
2010 110,232 14.3%
Source: "".

1840 census of Clark County, Indiana currently is incorrectly indexed as Clark County, Arkansas.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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 Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the Clark County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Clark County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Washington CountyScott CountyJefferson CountyFloyd CountyJefferson CountyOldham CountyTrimble CountyIN CLARK.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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

Civil War Books:

  • "The Military History of Clark County" chapter 18-19 in Baird, Lewis C. 1972. Baird's history of Clark County, Indiana. (Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic) (page 178-205, Regiment, Compaies) at: FamilySearch Digital Book; other libraries

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Voting Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the Clark County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses 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 Indiana Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Clark County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Clark County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Jeffersonville Township Public Library
211 East Court Avenue
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 812-285-5641

Museums[edit | edit source]

The Howard Steamboat Museum
1101 East Market Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 812-283-3728

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Clark County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

Clark County Historical Society/Howard Steamboat Museum
P.O. Box 606
1101 East Market Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 812-283-3728

Clark County Indiana Museum
P.O. Box 749
725 Michigan Ave.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: 502-548-0259

Clark's Grant Historical Society
P.O. Box 423
8524 Highway 403
Charlestown, IN 47111-8748
Email: Tfaith@Unix.Adept.Net

Clarksville Historical Society
P.O. Box 2303
2000 Broadway Street
Clarksville, IN 47129-7762
Phone: 812-288-7155 or 812-283-1408

Southern Indiana Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 665
180 West Spring Street
New Albany, IN 47150
The Society's collection of genealogical materials is housed in the Indiana History Room of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Clark County, Ohio Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/02/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana, accessed 01 December 2019.