Welcome to
Clark County Illinois
Genealogy and History


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Welcome to the Clark County Illinois Genealogy Trails Website, dedicated to the Genealogy and History of Clark County, Illinois.

This site is now hosted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer

Many thanks to Kevin Ortman for his work on this site.

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County History

Clark County is located in Southeastern Illinois.
It was originally part of the Northwest territory. The first pioneer settlement was York, on the Wabash (Ouabache) River, before 1816. The present county was formed out of Crawford County in 1819, just a short time after Illinois became a state. At that time, the northern border of Clark County ran all the way to what would become Wisconsin. The County was named for George Rogers Clark, whose fame came mainly from his exploits on the Illinois frontier during the Revolutionary War. The first settlers came from Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Many were veteran soldiers of the War of 1812. Settlement increased after the construction of the National Road through the county. Clark County's first County Seat was at Aurora, on the Wabash River. The County Seat was moved to Darwin in 1823 when the good citizens of Aurora realized that the River could flood higher than they could build. In 1839, a county-wide election was held to decide on a new County Seat. The contenders were Marshall, and Auburn. The tempers were high as the voting day drew near and the tension grew. In spite of Auburn changing its name to Clark Center, Marshall won the day and has been the County Seat of Clark County ever since.

* Anderson * Auburn * Casey * Darwin * Dolson * Douglas * Johnson * Marshall
* Martinsville * Melrose * Orange * Parker * Wabash * Westfield * York

Cities and Towns
* Casey * Clarksville (uninc. town) * Marshall * Martinsville * Westfield * West Union (uninc. town)

 Online Data

Miscellaneous Data

 Land Deeds and Land Records
Website Updates:
Deaths and Stillbirth Index - 1860 Mortality Schedule Census - Lots of Biographies - A couple of land records- Mystery Photos




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County Clerk's Office:

Clark County Clerk
County Courthouse
501 Archer Ave
Marshall, IL 62441
Phone: (217) 826-8311
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm


Available Records:

Genealogy Research: Birth & Death records begin in 1877, marriage records begin in 1819, land records in 1818. There is a charge for photocopies
Call them for recent prices.

No requests are handled over phone, requests must be submitted in writing with checks made payable to the Clark County Clerk and including a self-addressed, stamped envelope. (Confirm this policy when you call)

Clark County Genealogical Society

521 Locust Street, Marshall, IL 62441
(217) 826-2864


With fond memories of our original host, Larry Wells.
Most of the data on the site was from his own research
RIP 10/18/2010

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