Genealogy and Historical Resources

Genealogy and Historical Resources

The Genealogy & History Department is here to help people learn about the rich history of Clark County, Indiana.

The majority of genealogy and history materials are kept at the Charlestown Library branch. The four other branches house materials mostly pertaining to their area.

List of the library's history and genealogy collection

Clark County cemetery list with locations

A brief history of the formation of Clark County, Indiana.

Email us at for inquires
about the library's collection or genealogy questions.

Indiana Memory Digital Collection

Read about the library's online digital collection on Indiana Memory.

We have 2 collections on Indiana Memory containing thousands of images created from original source material owned by the library. Items are still being added.

Read about the Jesse G. Dorsey Collection and the history of the Louisville Cement Company.

the powder hornThe Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, which was located on Highway 62 in Charlestown, Indiana, is one of the most asked about topics.

The library has a large collection of maps, documents, newsletters, photographs, reports, histories, new clippings and objects from INAAP. The items date back to its beginning in 1940 and continue until its end in 2016. The collection is housed at Charlestown Library.

Read about this collection and the history of the plant. 

A large portion of the items have been digitized and can be seen in the Clark County Collection on Indiana Memory.

Online reference books and a map that are of Clark County

1875 Map of Clark County, Indiana
The Charlestown Library and Sellersburg Library have this map hanging in the meeting rooms.
Digital image provided by Library of Congress.

Baird's History of Clark County Indiana
written by Lewis Baird in 1909

History of the Ohio Falls Cities and Their Counties Vol 1
General history. History of Jefferson County, Ky. The history of Louisville. 1882

History of the Ohio Falls Cities and Their Counties Vol 2
Precincts of Jefferson County, Ky. General histories of Clark and Floyd counties, Ind. New Albany and Floyd County. Clark County and Jeffersonville. 1882

Some Sanborn fire maps of Clark County, Indiana
Digital images provided by Library of Congress.

ancestry library edition logo library edition contains census, marriage, birth, death, church, military, court, family trees, court records, immigration records, and much more.
The library provides free access to this database through the use of a computer at any of the 5 branches.

heritage quest online logo

HeritageQuestOnline offers census records, Indian rolls, mortality schedules, Cenus map guides, city directories, family and local history books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank, and more.
The library provides free access from your home computer with a valid library card. Click this link, if you are in one of our libraries to login without a card.

Walking tour brochures made by the library:

Other Local Genealogy Facilities
List of other local libraries and organizations that offer genealogy and history resources.

Online Genealogy Resources 
List of various genealogy and history web sites.

In Indiana:

Death and birth records are kept at the
county health departments. 
Clark County health department

Marriage, wills, and property records are
kept at the county court houses. 
Clark County Government

1875 Clark County, Indiana plat map

The library owns 2 copies of this map.
They are located at Charlestown and Sellersburg.

Clark County