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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Alabama|Alabama]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[{{PAGENAME}}|Clay County]]''  
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clay County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Clay County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clay County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clay County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clay County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Clay County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1920</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1872</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1920</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1886</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1875</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1876</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Clay County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Clay County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Clay County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Clay County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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{{ALinfobox|Clay|1866|December 7|Ashland}}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Clay County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Clay County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.alabama.gov/portal/secondary.jsp?id=countiesMetropolitan&countyID=clay Clay County Courthouse]&nbsp;<br>County Square<br>Ashland, AL 36251<br>Phone:&nbsp;(256) 354-7926
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Probate Court has land records from 1861 <br>Probate records from 1865 marriage records from 1872<br>County Court has death records 1920-1940 and Voting Register 1903-1936 <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clarke County p. 36. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Henry Clay.JPG]]
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The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay Henry Clay] (1777-1852).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay "Henry Clay,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1866'''--Clay County was formed from Randolph and Talladega Counties.<br>'''County seat''': Ashland <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''1866'''--Clay County was&nbsp;created 7 December 1866&nbsp;from [[Randolph County, Alabama|Randolph]] and [[Talladega County, Alabama|Talladega]] Counties.<br>'''County seat''': Ashland <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1875''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
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For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
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*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
====Populated Places====
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==== Populated Places ====
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Cleburne County, Alabama|Cleburne]]
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*[[Coosa County, Alabama|Coosa]]
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*[[Randolph County, Alabama|Randolph]]
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*[[Talladega County, Alabama|Talladega]]
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*[[Tallapoosa County, Alabama|Tallapoosa]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Biography  ====
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{{ALbio|644}}
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:*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/clay/bios.htm Clay County Biographies] at [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ The USGenWeb Archives Project] - free.
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church ====
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==== Census ====
  
==== Court  ====
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{{Census|Alabama}}
  
==== Land  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|title = Clay County, Alabama
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|type = USA
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|footnote = Sources: {{cite web|url=http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml|publisher=[[United States Census Bureau]]|title=American FactFinder}} [http://fisher.lib.virginia.edu/collections/stats/histcensus/php/newlong.php?subject=1 through 1960]
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|1870 | 9560
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|1880 | 12938
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|1890 | 15765
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|1900 | 17099
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|1910 | 21006
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|1920 | 22645
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|1930 | 17768
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|1940 | 16907
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|1950 | 13929
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|1960 | 12400
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|1970 | 12636
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|1980 | 13703
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|1990 | 13252
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|2000 | 14254
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|2010 | 13932
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}}
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==== Church Records  ====
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==== Court Records  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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{{Alabama Conf}}
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
==== Probate  ====
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==== Probate Records ====
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:*'''1830-1976''' - {{PAGENAME}} Probate Records, 1830-1976 at {{RecordSearch|1978117|FamilySearch}} - free.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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===== Birth  =====
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:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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===== Marriage  =====
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:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete.
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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''1872–1886, 1888–1892, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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:*'''1872–1891''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"]at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
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:*[http://www.genrecords.net/alclay/vital.html Clay County Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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===== Death  =====
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:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths recorded by the state of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry]– ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
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:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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==== Voting Registers  ====
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Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the&nbsp;[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/countybooksmain.html Alabama Department of Archives and History]. &nbsp;Clay County has one [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/books/claycounty.pdf book].
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Libraries  ====
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[http://www.anniston.lib.al.us/ '''Public Library of Anniston - Calhoun County''']<br>108 E. 10th St.<br>Anniston, Alabama 36201<br>Telephone: 256-237-8501<br>
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:Their Alabama Room collections include local history and genealogical records of Clay County.
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=192462&subject_disp=Alabama%2C+Clay&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/clay.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.
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*[http://www.genrecords.net/alclay/ Clay County ALGenWeb ]~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Clay/ Clay County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
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[[Category:Clay_County,_Alabama]]
 
[[Category:Clay_County,_Alabama]]

Revision as of 23:34, 26 November 2012

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Alabama  Gotoarrow.png  Clay County

Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Tax
Land
Probate
1920
1872
1920
1886
1875
1876
For earlier dates, try...Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries | Parent County
Hand and keyboard.jpg Alabama
Online Records


Clay County, Alabama
Map
Map of Alabama highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Alabama
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 7, 1866
County Seat Ashland
Courthouse


Contents

County Courthouse

Clay County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Clay County Courthouse 
County Square
Ashland, AL 36251
Phone: (256) 354-7926

Probate Court has land records from 1861
Probate records from 1865 marriage records from 1872
County Court has death records 1920-1940 and Voting Register 1903-1936 [1]

History

Henry Clay.JPG

The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay (1777-1852).[2]

Parent County

1866--Clay County was created 7 December 1866 from Randolph and Talladega Counties.
County seat: Ashland [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1875 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biography

Biographies of many notable residents of Clay County, Alabama were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 644.

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Clay County, Alabama census records online, see: Alabama Census.

Clay County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1870 9,560
1880 12,938 35.3%
1890 15,765 21.9%
1900 17,099 8.5%
1910 21,006 22.8%
1920 22,645 7.8%
1930 17,768 −21.5%
1940 16,907 −4.8%
1950 13,929 −17.6%
1960 12,400 −11.0%
1970 12,636 1.9%
1980 13,703 8.4%
1990 13,252 −3.3%
2000 14,254 7.6%
2010 13,932 −2.3%
Sources: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml.  through 1960

Church Records

Court Records

Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps

Military


Newspapers

Probate Records

  • 1830-1976 - Clay County, Alabama Probate Records, 1830-1976 at FamilySearch - free.

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry– ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1872–1886, 1888–1892, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry– ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1872–1891 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"at Ancestry– ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry– ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  Clay County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Libraries

Public Library of Anniston - Calhoun County
108 E. 10th St.
Anniston, Alabama 36201
Telephone: 256-237-8501

Their Alabama Room collections include local history and genealogical records of Clay County.

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clarke County p. 36. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Henry Clay," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).