Clay County, Arkansas Genealogy

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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Arkansas|Arkansas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Clay County, Arkansas|Clay County]]''  
  
 
Guide to '''Clay County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
 
Guide to '''Clay County Arkansas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/courtrecords.htm Various Court Records of Clay County]<br>  
 
[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/courtrecords.htm Various Court Records of Clay County]<br>  
 
  
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
==== Genealogy  ====
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/goodspeedbio.htm Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeastern Arkansas ](1891)  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/goodspeedbio.htm Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeastern Arkansas ](1891)  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/penitentiary.htm Arkansas State Penitentiary Records, Clay County Residents]  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/penitentiary.htm Arkansas State Penitentiary Records, Clay County Residents]  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/penitentiary.htm][http://www.argenweb.net/clay/countyhome.htm Clay County Home]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/penitentiary.htm][http://www.argenweb.net/clay/countyhome.htm Clay County Home]  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/electedofficials.htm Elected Officials] who have served Clay County
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/electedofficials.htm Elected Officials] who have served Clay County  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/pauperdeaths.htm Pauper Deaths] in Clay County  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/pauperdeaths.htm Pauper Deaths] in Clay County  
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/piggottmayors.htm Piggott Mayors]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/piggottmayors.htm Piggott Mayors]  
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/roads.htm Road System] in Northeastern Arkansas
 
*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/roads.htm Road System] in Northeastern Arkansas
  
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The following Civil War Battle was fought in Clay County.  
 
The following Civil War Battle was fought in Clay County.  
  
*May 1-2, 1863 =&nbsp;[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar007.htm Chalk Bluff<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar007.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012).</ref>]
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*May 1-2, 1863 =&nbsp;[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar007.htm Chalk Bluff<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar007.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012).</ref>]  
 
*[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
 
*[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
  
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*'''1947-1958''' - Clay County Death Index 1947-1958. Batch {{IGI|B734489}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
*'''1947-1958''' - Clay County Death Index 1947-1958. Batch {{IGI|B734489}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
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===== Vital Record Substitutes =====
  
 
== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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[http://www.mylibrarynow.org/rector/index.html Rector Library]<br>121 W 4th St<br>Rector AR 72461<br>870-595-2410<br>  
 
[http://www.mylibrarynow.org/rector/index.html Rector Library]<br>121 W 4th St<br>Rector AR 72461<br>870-595-2410<br>  
 
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Websites ==
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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== County Courthouses  ==
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[http://www.clarkcountyarkansas.com/ Clay County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 306<br>Piggott, AR 72454<br>Phone: 870.598.2813&nbsp; <br><br>Clerk Circuit Court has land, divorce and court records from 1893; <br>County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1893<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.</ref>
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According to <u>History and Traditions of Clay County</u> , compiled by Robert T. Webb, edited and indexed by Frank Cochran, the people moved the county seat from Corning to Boydsville in 1877. Most of the people lived in the eastern part of the county and it was difficult to travel through the bottoms to Corning. Changing the county seat did not change the difficulty of crossing the bottoms, but only transferred it to the people in the Western part. In 1881 the county was divided into two districts with Boydsville the Eastern county seat and Corning the Western county seat. In 1888 the people voted to move the eastern county seat to Piggott.
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[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/earlyhistory.htm Early History of Clay County Seats<br>]
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[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/corningcourthouses.htm Western District Courthouse History]
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== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
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*'''1873--'''Clay County was created 24 March 1873&nbsp;from [[Randolph County, Arkansas|Randolph]]&nbsp;and [[Greene County, Arkansas|Greene]] Counties.&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Piggott <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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See an interactive map of Clay County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/arkansas/ar-maps.html boundary changes] at N2Genealogy.
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==== Record Loss  ====
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*The Eastern District courthouse burned on January 11, 1893 with total record loss.
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== Places/Localities  ==
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*[[Butler County, Missouri|Butler County, Missouri]]
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*[[Dunklin County, Missouri|Dunklin County, Missouri]]
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*[[Greene County, Arkansas|Greene]]
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*[[Randolph County, Arkansas|Randolph]]
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*[[Ripley County, Missouri|Ripley County, Missouri]]
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== Resources  ==
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==== Biographies<br>  ====
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/goodspeedbio.htm Goodspeed's Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northeastern Arkansas ](1891)<br>
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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Partial Listings - none are complete.&nbsp; Some also contain directions to cemetery as well as photographs.<br>
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Allen<br>Allmandinger<br>Bethlehem<br>[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=355 Black]<br>Blooming Grove<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cembond.htm Bond]<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cembrown.htm Brown]<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cembrownie.htm Brownie]<br>Cantwell<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemcorning.htm Corning]<br>Crockett<br>Cummings<br>Gilchrist<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemgravelhill.htm Gravel Hill]<br>Green<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemhall.htm Hall]<br>Hardin<br>Hill<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemhillsboro.htm Hillsboro]<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemhitt.htm Hitt]<br>Hosea<br>Johnson #1<br>Johnson #2<br>Leonard<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemlibertyhill.htm Liberty Hill]<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arcemete/clay/littleflock.htm Little Flock]<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemmaryschapel.htm Mary's Chapel]<br>Masterson<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemmitchell.htm Mitchell]<br>Moark<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemmound.htm Mound]<br>Myer Hill<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemnewhope.htm New Hope]<br>Nimmons<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemparks.htm Parks]<br>Piggott<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/greene/CEM/CEMTRAN/purcell_clayco.htm Purcell]<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemredenbo.htm Redenbo]<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemrichwoods.htm Richwoods]<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemrocksprings.xls Rock Springs]<br>Rogers<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cempicsstbernard.htm Saint Bernard]<br>Salem<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemscatterville.htm Scatterville]<br>Travillian<br>Underwood<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemwilliams.htm Williams]<br>Williams<br>Winston<br>[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/cemwoodland.htm Woodland Heights] US Genweb<br>[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=2460 Woodland Heights] BillionGraves<br>
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[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/churches.htm Hopewell Baptist Church], near Reyno
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(Western District)<br>Clay County Clerk's Office<br>Western District<br>800 W 2nd St<br>Corning AR 72422<br>870-857-3480
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(Eastern District)<br>Office of the County Clerk<br>PO Box 306<br>Piggott AR 72454-0306<br>870-598-2813<br>
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[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/courtrecords.htm Various Court Records of Clay County]<br>
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==== Land  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/penitentiary.htm Arkansas State Penitentiary Records, Clay County Residents]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/penitentiary.htm][http://www.argenweb.net/clay/countyhome.htm Clay County Home]<br>
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/electedofficials.htm Elected Officials] who have served Clay County<br>
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/pauperdeaths.htm Pauper Deaths] in Clay County<br>
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/piggottmayors.htm Piggott Mayors]<br>
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/roads.htm Road System] in Northeastern Arkansas<br>
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/maps.htm Township Maps]
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War Battle was fought in Clay County.
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*May 1-2, 1863 =&nbsp;[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar007.htm Chalk Bluff<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ar007.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 2 August 2012).</ref>]
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ARmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
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==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/newspapers.htm Clay County Newspapers<br>][http://www.argenweb.net/clay/newspapers.htm]
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/courierexcerpts.htm Various Excerpts from the Clay County Courier]<br>
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==== Obituaries<br>  ====
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*[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/newspaperarticles.htm Various Obituaries of Clay County Residents]<br>
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==== Vital Records ====
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===== Birth =====
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*'''1947-1958''' - Clay County Birth Index 1947-1958. Batch {{IGI|C734491}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1881-1923''' - Clay County Marriage Books A-I, 1-11 Index 1881-1923 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1893-1950''' - Clay County Marriage Books 1-57, A-U Index 1893-1950 in {{RecordSearch|1417439|Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="hc">FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "[[Arkansas_County_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)|Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]," in ''FamilySearch Wiki,'' accessed 18 April 2013.</ref>
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===== Death =====
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*'''1947-1958''' - Clay County Death Index 1947-1958. Batch {{IGI|B734489}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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[http://www.argenweb.net/clay/society.htm Clay County Genealogical &amp;&nbsp;Historical Society]
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[http://www.mylibrarynow.org/corning/index.html Corning Library]<br>613 Pine St<br>Corning AR 72422<br>870-857-3453
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[http://www.mylibrarynow.org/piggott/index.html Piggott Library]<br>316 W Main<br>Piggott AR 72454<br>870-598-3666
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[http://www.mylibrarynow.org/rector/index.html Rector Library]<br>121 W 4th St<br>Rector AR 72461<br>870-595-2410<br>
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.<br>
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Arkansas%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
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Guide to Clay County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded March 24, 1873
County Seat Piggott
Courthouse
Address Clay County Courthouse
PO Box 306
Piggott, AR 72454
Phone: 870.598.2813 
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Contents

County Courthouse

Clay County Courthouse
PO Box 306
Piggott, AR 72454
Phone: 870.598.2813 

Clerk Circuit Court has land, divorce and court records from 1893. County Clerk has marriage and probate records from 1893.[1]

According to History and Traditions of Clay County , compiled by Robert T. Webb, edited and indexed by Frank Cochran, the people moved the county seat from Corning to Boydsville in 1877. Most of the people lived in the eastern part of the county and it was difficult to travel through the bottoms to Corning. Changing the county seat did not change the difficulty of crossing the bottoms, but only transferred it to the people in the Western part. In 1881 the county was divided into two districts with Boydsville the Eastern county seat and Corning the Western county seat. In 1888 the people voted to move the eastern county seat to Piggott.

Early History of Clay County Seats

Western District Courthouse History


Beginning Dates for Clay County, Arkansas Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

1893


1893
1893

History

Parent County

  • 1873--Clay County was created 24 March 1873 from Randolph and Greene Counties. County seat: Piggott [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Clay County boundary changes at N2Genealogy.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

  • The Eastern District courthouse burned on January 11, 1893 with total record loss.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Partial Listings - none are complete.  Some also contain directions to cemetery as well as photographs.

Allen
Allmandinger
Bethlehem
Black
Blooming Grove
Bond
Brown
Brownie
Cantwell
Corning
Crockett
Cummings
Gilchrist
Gravel Hill
Green
Hall
Hardin
Hill
Hillsboro
Hitt
Hosea
Johnson #1
Johnson #2
Leonard
Liberty Hill
Little Flock
Mary's Chapel
Masterson
Mitchell
Moark
Mound
Myer Hill
New Hope
Nimmons
Parks
Piggott
Purcell
Redenbo
Richwoods
Rock Springs
Rogers
Saint Bernard
Salem
Scatterville
Travillian
Underwood
Williams
Williams
Winston
Woodland Heights US Genweb
Woodland Heights BillionGraves

Census

Church Records

Hopewell Baptist Church, near Reyno

Court

(Western District)
Clay County Clerk's Office
Western District
800 W 2nd St
Corning AR 72422
870-857-3480

(Eastern District)
Office of the County Clerk
PO Box 306
Piggott AR 72454-0306
870-598-2813

Various Court Records of Clay County

Genealogy

Land and Property

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Clay County.

Naturalization

Newspapers

Occupations

Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

Birth
  • 1947-1958 - Clay County Birth Index 1947-1958. Batch C734491 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
Death
  • 1947-1958 - Clay County Death Index 1947-1958. Batch B734489 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Clay County Genealogical & Historical Society

Corning Library
613 Pine St
Corning AR 72422
870-857-3453

Piggott Library
316 W Main
Piggott AR 72454
870-598-3666

Rector Library
121 W 4th St
Rector AR 72461
870-595-2410

Family History Centers

Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 66.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August 2012).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5c/Igiarkansasad.pdf.
  5. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.