Web Sites of Interest
Clark County History Online
See the full-text of the following historical publications at the Ohio Memory Project
. Click on the title of your choice.
Clark County Research
Rootsweb project home page for Clark County genealogy. Learn where records are housed, submit queries, and search for obituaries, vital records, cemeteries, and more. Links to several of their databases are given below.
A chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
Get genealogical information and updates on meetings and events!
Obituaries relating to Clark County families sent in by researchers to Rootsweb. Links are also provided to deaths and funerals from the Springfield News-Sun, funeral home obituaries, and the Clark County Public Library's Obituary Index.
Search by county, or in all counties if you don't know where the death occurred. The database provides a death certificate number that can be used to obtain a copy of the certificate for additional information.
Contact information for cemeteries throughout the country, as well as some in Canada and Australia. Many are also linked to transcriptions entered by volunteers. This database includes partial listings for Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield, Ohio.
Provides partial listings of births, deaths, marriages, and wills in Clark County, Ohio.
The complete Clark County Census Index for 1840, 1850, and 1870; and partial indexes for 1830 and 1860.
An index to records from Ohio counties in the Miami Valley. Counties include Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, and Warren.
Wright State University is the official repository for local government records for an 11 county area in the southwest region of Ohio, including Clark County. The records are maintained by the Special Collections and Archives Department. The above link will take you to the Local Government Records page. Click on the desired county name to see an index of materials.
Additional Research Sites
One of the countries largest genealogy libraries is located just 3 hours from Springfield, Ohio in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The largest genealogy gateway site on the net with over 100,000 links. If you can't find what you want elsewhere, come here - but be prepared to browse awhile.
Research immigrant ancestors that came to the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Registration is required to view records, but there is no fee.
Searchable database of genealogical information collected by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Several databases can be searched, either individually or as a group. The Ancestral File includes genealogical information submitted to the Family History Department by researchers since 1978. The Pedigree Resource file is a database of family history records submitted by individuals through FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service. The International Genealogical Index contains vital records data of long deceased individuals. When using this site it is important to remember that much of the information is submitted by individuals and is not verified against official records. Therefore, it is up to the user to verify the accuracy of the data.
This database, developed by the USGS, contains information about almost 2 million federally recognized geographic features in the United States. This includes historical features, such as towns no longer in existence. On the front page, scroll down to the section titled "Query the GNIS Online Data Bases" and click on United States and Territories. This will pull up the query form. As an example, to get a list of populated places in Clark County, Ohio, enter Ohio in the State or Territory box, enter Clark in the County Name box, and select populated place under feature type. This search will result in a list of 162 place names. Click on one of the names for additional information and mapping options. The Show Feature Location option will provide an area map that can be zoomed in to the point of showing street names.
The OGS research library contains over 15,000 books and 1,500 rolls of microfilm. Members can search the OGS Bible Records Index and the 1880 Ohio Federal Census Index online. Only cursory research services are provided by the Society, but a list of researchers is available for those requiring more extensive assistance.
The Clark County Genealogical Society is the local chapter of OGS. Their office is on the third floor of the Heritage Center at 117 S. Fountain Ave. in Springfield. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 937-324-0657, extension 230.
A new gateway site organizing U.S. state and county records repositories in a single, centralized location.
A free cooperative effort that hosts thousands of independently authored web sites and mailing lists, as well as providing access to 40 genealogy databases. This is an excellent place to find out how and where to do research in a particular county. Go to the Research Templates section, click on United States Counties/States, and select your state for a county index. The link for Clark County, Ohio is www.rootsweb.com/~ohclark
. When using this site, always remember to scroll down the complete page so you don't miss anything.
"The UsGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone."
Rootsweb.com is one of UsGenWeb's projects. They also sponsor important special projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages as well.
Need to know how and where to obtain vital records? This site will tell you everything you need to know at both the state and county level. Also included are links for U.S. Territories and foreign countries.