Featured Online Resources
Ancestry : Library Edition (In Library Use Only) can be accessed from inside the Library on any Internet terminals or on any personal device connected to the Library’s Wi-Fi network. You will be able to access all of Ancestry’s subscription databases, including the Federal Images Online database and the UK/Ireland Parish and Probate Records database.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
Fold3 Library Edition is the premier collection of historical military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served from the Revolutionary War through recent conflicts. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3 Library Edition.
The Ohio Obituary Index at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center includes over 3,000,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day. Actual obits may be ordered from over 60 partner libraries; only Hayes Library has online ordering. The Clark County Public Library provides photocopies of obituaries and newspaper articles. The cost is $2.50 per name or article requested. Copies are sent by mail and the Library will cover the cost of return postage and envelopes.
African American Heritage is a digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans.
Local History Resources
See the full-text of the following historical publications at the Ohio Memory Project.
- History of the Manufacturies of Springfield, Ohio
- Sketches of Springfield
- Champion Reaping and Mowing Machines Brochure
- Buckeye Agricultural Works Brochure
Rootsweb – Clark County, Ohio
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.
Clark County Genealogical Society
A chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.
African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley, Inc.
Get genealogical information and updates on meetings and events!
Clark County, Ohio Obituaries
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.
Ohio Historical Society’s Select Public Records Index
A searchable index which includes Ohio Department of Health Death Certificates 1913-1944 and 1954-1963.
Provides partial listings of births, deaths, marriages, and wills in Clark County, Ohio.
Miami Valley Genealogy Index
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.
Local Government Records – Clark County
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.
Genealogy Research Sites
Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
One of the country’s largest genealogy libraries is located just 3 hours from Springfield, Ohio in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
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.
Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
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.
Find A Grave is a free resource to find the grave of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add ‘virtual flower’ and a note to a loved one’s grave, etc. Find A Grave currently contains information for over 400,000 cemeteries in over 200 different countries.
Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
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.
A Guide to Researching the History of a House If you live in a house that’s more than a few decades old, you might wonder about its history. What were the circumstances surrounding its construction? Who lived there before you moved in? You might even wonder about the evolution of the home’s structure as it has undergone home improvement, or you might have a morbid curiosity about whether or not your home has a sordid past. With the help of online resources and public records, much can be learned about the history of any property.
History of the Great Lakes States The collection has 90+ pages of books and articles on many history topics for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and for the Great Lakes region.
Ohio Genealogical Society
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.
Rootsweb.com “The Oldest and Largest Free Genealogy Site”
A free cooperative effort that hosts thousands of independently authored websites 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.
Vintage Aerial Explore millions of historic aerial photos. Prints are available for purchase.