Clark County, Illinois Genealogy

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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.

Clark County, Illinois
Map of Illinois highlighting Clark County
Location in the state of Illinois, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Founded: March 23, 1819
County Seat Marshall
Clark County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD), 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]
Marriage 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 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]

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

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.
1820 931
1830 3,940 323.2%
1840 7,453 89.2%
1850 9,532 27.9%
1860 14,987 57.2%
1870 18,709 24.8%
1880 21,894 17.0%
1890 21,899 0.0%
1900 24,033 9.7%
1910 23,517 −2.1%
1920 21,165 −10.0%
1930 17,872 −15.6%
1940 18,842 5.4%
1950 17,362 −7.9%
1960 16,546 −4.7%
1970 16,216 −2.0%
1980 16,913 4.3%
1990 15,921 −5.9%
2000 17,008 6.8%
2010 16,335 −4.0%
Source: "".

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]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

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 Episcopal

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


  • 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 Indexes and 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 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
There are over 4500 Introduction to 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

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
    Phone 217-826-2864
  • Clark County Il Historical Society
    402 S 4th Street
    Marshall, IL 62441
    Phone 217-382-4502

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,,_Illinois 4/11/2017.
  3. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Illinois," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Illinois, Last accessed 7 December 2019.