Welcome to Clark County, Washington

Map courtesy of Mike Sweeney

My name is Alice Allen, and I will be your host in Clark Co. Formed in 1844, and originally named Vancouver County (changed to Clark in 1849), Clark County is the oldest county in Washington state, and is home to one of the oldest settlements in Washington -- Vancouver. Named for Captain George Vancouver,a British explorer who actually never explored the mighty Columbia River or saw the site of his namesake city, Ft. Vancouver was established in 1825 by Dr. John McLoughlin of the Hudson's Bay Company. As settlers pushed north out of Oregon to the land across the Columbia River, the Hudson's Bay Company eventually gave up its Fort and trading business in the area, and Vancouver--the city--was born.

This web site has been developed to assist the Clark County researcher who is looking for their family who lived here at one time. We offer links to many records to assist you, as well as transciptions of records. This web site is always looking for new materials to share with our fellow Clark County researchers. If you have anything that you would care to contribute for the betterment of this web page, please contact me. Of course, what you submit needs to be out of copyright, or you must have permission of the copyright holder before submitting this information. Be sure to check back to see what has been added since your last visit!

Copy this email address into your email template: dcaallen@pacifier.com

Contact the Washington State Coordinator, Mike Sweeney, if you are interested in adopting an available county in Washington, or to be put on a mailing list for future openings. His email is sweeney2@wolfenet.com. Copy this address to your email template.

Clark County Links

USGenWeb Archives for Clark County Clark County Genealogical Society Clark County Cemeteries and Obituaries
Clark Co. Biographies Clark County's "Faces From the Wall"
Clark Co. Soldiers who died in Viet Nam
Vancouver's "Faces From the Wall
Vancouver solders who died in Viet Nam
This Week in Clark County
Abstracts from Clark Co. newspapers before 1927
Clark County Photo Page Obituaries and Letters
The Columbian Newspaper
Poor Farm Cemetery Index  Index for 1884 Clark County Maps
Livingston Cemetery Obituary Indexes
Diary of John Murray Mickey
Letters From John Murray Mickey Columbia Memorial Mausoleum 1888 Plat Map of Clarke County
Plat Map of Clarke County, ca 1915-1925 Olney-Smith Descendants Lewis River History

Queries and Lookups

Need to post a query about your Clark County Family? Try these Message Boards:

As time permits, I will be reposting old queries from 1996 to 2009. Any queries after May 2009 can be found on one of the above links.

Clark County Published Resources and Lookup Volunteers

Clark County Databases

Washington State Links

Following are links to sites in Washington State to help you with your research, both in Clark County as well as in other locations.

Washinton State USGenWeb Page Washington GenWeb Archives Washington State Digital Archives
Linkpendium Washington Washington State Biographies Washington State Pioneer Life Database
Washington's Tombstone Project Roots-L Washington State Page Washington State's Family Group Sheet Project
Cyndi's List for Washington Online Highways--Travel Guide to Washington Washington State Library

Miscellaneous Links

Personal Pages of Clark County Researchers

Join Rootsweb's Clark County Mailing List

Have a question about your Clark County Washington family? Join this mailing list for help with your genealogy queries about your Clark County family. Here are the instructions:

To subscribe, address your email to:
Type the word "subscribe" in both the subject line and body of your email (leave out the quotation marks) and send it on its way.

There's not a lot of traffic right now, but if you prefer, you can also subscribe in Digest mode, which will send you one email with all the day's emails combined.
To subscribe in Digest mode, address your email to:
Again, type the word "subscribe" in both subject and body of your email (without the quotation marks).

As a service to our researchers, I am including links to Clark County's neighbors. Clark County residents living close to a county line may have done business in their neighboring county, including doctors and other services. LaCenter is on the northern border of Clark County, for example. Across the river is the town of Woodland, in Cowlitz County. In eastern Clark County, Washougal is close to the border of Skamania County. And many Clark County residents, even today, go to neighboring Portland (Multnomah County) Oregon for doctors, hospitals, and other services. If you can't find your Clark County family member here, take a look at our neighbors.

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Copyright 1996-2011 by Alice Allen. To contact me, copy this email address into your email template.

Please put "Clark County" in the Subject line so I'll be sure to see it.

Last Updated 12 October 2012