Clay County, Illinois Genealogy

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Clay County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Clay County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
 
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Clay County are kept, see the [[Clay County, Illinois Courthouse|Clay County Courthouse]] page  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Clay County are kept, see the [[Clay County, Illinois Courthouse|Clay County Courthouse]] page  
  
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*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Stephen Parish, Flora, Clay County, Illinois 1871-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
 
*{{RecordSearch|1388122|Church Records of St. Stephen Parish, Flora, Clay County, Illinois 1871-1956}}, browsable online (no index); courtesy: FamilySearch.
  
=== Court Records ===
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=== Court Records ===
  
 
Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.  
 
Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See [[Illinois Court Records]] for more information about using court records.  
  
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library.]]  
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library.]]  
  
 
:*'''1825-1841''' Illinois County Commissioner's Court (Clay County), ''Records, 1825-1841'' {{FHL|396416|item|disp=FHL Film 1008923 item 6}}
 
:*'''1825-1841''' Illinois County Commissioner's Court (Clay County), ''Records, 1825-1841'' {{FHL|396416|item|disp=FHL Film 1008923 item 6}}
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Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.  
 
Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See [[Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about using land records.  
  
The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
 
:*'''1825-1892''' Deed Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Clay County records. [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1825-1892''' Deed Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Clay County records. [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1825-1911''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1825-1911''' Deed Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1825-1911''' Clay County, Illinois Recorder, ''Deeds, 1825-1911'' {{FHL|229998|item|disp=FHL Film 1008797–1008823}}
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:*'''1825-1911''' Clay County, Illinois Recorder, ''Deeds, 1825-1911'' {{FHL|229998|item|disp=FHL Film 1008797–1008823}}  
:*Taylor, Lola B., ''Gleanings from old newspapers, Clay and Richland counties, Illinois.'' {{FHL|278007|item|disp=FHL Book 977.37 H2t}}; {{WorldCat|1528577|disp=Other Libraries}}
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:*Taylor, Lola B., ''Gleanings from old newspapers, Clay and Richland counties, Illinois.'' {{FHL|278007|item|disp=FHL Book 977.37 H2t}}; {{WorldCat|1528577|disp=Other Libraries}}  
:*Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois), ''Land atlas and plat book, Clay County, Illinois, 1986.'' {{FHL|560457|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 E7c}}; {{WorldCat|15107952|disp=Other Libraries}}
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:*Rockford Map Publishers (Rockford, Illinois), ''Land atlas and plat book, Clay County, Illinois, 1986.'' {{FHL|560457|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 E7c}}; {{WorldCat|15107952|disp=Other Libraries}}  
 
:*Wabash, Sally, ''Miscellaneous records at court house, Clay County, Il., 1998.'' {{FHL|1293850|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 P28w}}; {{WorldCat|42054680|disp=Other Libraries}}
 
:*Wabash, Sally, ''Miscellaneous records at court house, Clay County, Il., 1998.'' {{FHL|1293850|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 P28w}}; {{WorldCat|42054680|disp=Other Libraries}}
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'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
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:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Ancestry] ($)  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database. Also available at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Ancestry] ($)  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/clay_map.html Clay County Federal Township Plats]  
 
:*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/township_maps/clay_map.html Clay County Federal Township Plats]  
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Civil War service men from Clay County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Clay County.  
 
Civil War service men from Clay County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Clay County.  
  
:- [[21st_Regiment,_Illinois_Infantry|21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
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:- [[21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry|21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company G.  
 
:- [[40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.  
 
:- [[40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Company K.  
 
:- [[98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and F.
 
:- [[98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry|98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry]], Companies A and F.
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
  
Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.  
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Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See [[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization Records]] for more information about using naturalization records.  
  
The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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The following copies of original records may be accessed through the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] or the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
  
:*'''1868-1910''' Naturalization Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1868-1910''' Naturalization Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1868-1904''' Illinois County Court (Clay County), ''Naturalization records,'' {{FHL|269433|item|disp=FHL Film 1008923 items 1–3}}
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:*'''1868-1904''' Illinois County Court (Clay County), ''Naturalization records,'' {{FHL|269433|item|disp=FHL Film 1008923 items 1–3}}  
:*'''1904-1904''' Naturalization Record, Final [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1904-1904''' Naturalization Record, Final [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1907-1927''' Illinois Circuit Court (Clay County), ''Naturalization records,'' {{FHL|269468|item|disp=FHL Film 1008923 items 4–5}}
 
:*'''1907-1927''' Illinois Circuit Court (Clay County), ''Naturalization records,'' {{FHL|269468|item|disp=FHL Film 1008923 items 4–5}}
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
  
[http://clay.ilgenweb.net/ Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb] Obituaries
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[http://clay.ilgenweb.net/ Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb] Obituaries  
  
 
=== Obituaries  ===
 
=== Obituaries  ===
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:*'''1837-1885''' Probate Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1837-1885''' Probate Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1837-1925''' Illinois. County Court (Clay County), ''Probate records, 1837-1925.'' {{FHL|398277|item|disp=FHL Film 1008904–1008922}}
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:*'''1837-1925''' Illinois. County Court (Clay County), ''Probate records, 1837-1925.'' {{FHL|398277|item|disp=FHL Film 1008904–1008922}}  
 
:*'''1863-1877''' Probate Administrator's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1863-1877''' Probate Administrator's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1863-1894''' Probate Guardian's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1863-1894''' Probate Guardian's Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
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:*'''1874-1902''' Probate Inventory Record, Guardians [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1874-1902''' Probate Inventory Record, Guardians [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1879-1885''' Probate Guardian's and Conservator's Account Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
 
:*'''1879-1885''' Probate Guardian's and Conservator's Account Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*'''1884-1897''' Probate Inventory Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1884-1897''' Probate Inventory Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]  
:*Bailey, Jean, editor; Rena Lents Thomas; Ann Hoyt, ''Abstracts of wills and probate records, Clay County, Illinois.'' {{FHL|1294106|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 P28b v. 1–7}}; {{WorldCat|39466683|Other Libraries}}
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:*Bailey, Jean, editor; Rena Lents Thomas; Ann Hoyt, ''Abstracts of wills and probate records, Clay County, Illinois.'' {{FHL|1294106|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 P28b v. 1–7}}; {{WorldCat|39466683|Other Libraries}}  
 
:*Hoyt, Ann, ''Wills at the Clay County, IL., courthouse.'' {{FHL|1293851|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 P28h}}; {{WorldCat|44138728|disp=Other Libraries}}
 
:*Hoyt, Ann, ''Wills at the Clay County, IL., courthouse.'' {{FHL|1293851|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 P28h}}; {{WorldCat|44138728|disp=Other Libraries}}
  
'''Online Resources'''
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'''Online Resources'''  
  
 
:*[http://clay.ilgenweb.net/ Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb ]Wills
 
:*[http://clay.ilgenweb.net/ Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb ]Wills
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Clay County, Illinois: <br><br>'''Centralia Illinois Family History Center<br>'''Leafland &amp; 3rd Street<br>Centralia, Marion, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-532-3482<br>Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm<br>Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.'''<br>'''
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There are over 4500&nbsp;[[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]&nbsp;worldwide which serve as&nbsp;branch facilities&nbsp;of the [[Family History Library|Family History&nbsp;Library]] in Salt Lake City, Utah.&nbsp;&nbsp;Volunteers provide research assistance to&nbsp;help patrons identify their ancestors.&nbsp;&nbsp;Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at&nbsp;a nominal cost.&nbsp;&nbsp;Locate&nbsp;your nearest Family History Center<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1313427430247_409" /> at the&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/locations FamilySearch] website.&nbsp; Call&nbsp;ahead to verify operating hours.&nbsp; All are welcome.<br><br>The following centers are accessible to residents of Clay County, Illinois: <br><br>'''Centralia Illinois Family History Center<br>'''Leafland &amp; 3rd Street<br>Centralia, Marion, Illinois<br>Phone: 618-532-3482<br>Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm<br>Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.'''<br>'''  
  
 
'''Evansville Indiana Family History Center&nbsp;<br>'''8020 E Covert Ave<br>Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-471-0191<br>Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues &amp; Wed evenings 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment<br>Closed: Closed Major Holidays <br><br>'''Vincennes Indiana Family History Center'''<br>1940 N Old Hwy 41<br>Vincennes, Knox, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-882-4022<br>Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm<br>Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas <br><br>Please note:&nbsp;Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries  
 
'''Evansville Indiana Family History Center&nbsp;<br>'''8020 E Covert Ave<br>Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-471-0191<br>Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues &amp; Wed evenings 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment<br>Closed: Closed Major Holidays <br><br>'''Vincennes Indiana Family History Center'''<br>1940 N Old Hwy 41<br>Vincennes, Knox, Indiana<br>Phone: 812-882-4022<br>Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm<br>Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas <br><br>Please note:&nbsp;Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries  
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==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
  
The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD)&nbsp;to manage the archival records of local governments.&nbsp; Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.&nbsp; The records of Clay County&nbsp;come under the jurisdiction of&nbsp;the Eastern Illinois University (EIU)&nbsp;regional depository.<br>
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The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD)&nbsp;to manage the archival records of local governments.&nbsp; Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.&nbsp; The records of Clay County&nbsp;come under the jurisdiction of&nbsp;the Eastern Illinois University (EIU)&nbsp;regional depository.<br>  
  
 
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradhome.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]<br>Booth Library<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/eiumap.html Eastern Illinois University (EIU)]<br>600 Lincoln Avenue<br>Charleston, IL 61920<br>Telephone: (217) 581-6093<br>Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
 
[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/iradhome.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)]<br>Booth Library<br>[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/irad/eiumap.html Eastern Illinois University (EIU)]<br>600 Lincoln Avenue<br>Charleston, IL 61920<br>Telephone: (217) 581-6093<br>Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays<br>9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
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==== Libraries  ====
 
==== Libraries  ====
  
[http://www.florapubliclibrary.org/ Flora Public Library]<br>216 North Main Street<br>Flora, IL 62839<br>Phone: (618) 662-6553<br>
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[http://www.florapubliclibrary.org/ Flora Public Library]<br>216 North Main Street<br>Flora, IL 62839<br>Phone: (618) 662-6553<br>  
  
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
 
=== Social Groups Online  ===
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.<br><br>
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Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.<br><br>  
  
[http://www.clayrootsillinois.com/ Clay County Illinois Genealogical Society]<br>P.O. Box 94<br>Louisville, ILL 62858<br>Phone: (618) 665-4544<br>
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[http://www.clayrootsillinois.com/ Clay County Illinois Genealogical Society]<br>P.O. Box 94<br>Louisville, ILL 62858<br>Phone: (618) 665-4544<br>  
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information.  
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See [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.
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Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.claycountyillinois.org/ Clay County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm  Illinois Department of Public Health] with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.
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The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The_Family_History_Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD_-_Eastern_Illinois_University|EIU IRAD Wiki page.]]
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==== Births  ====
 
==== Births  ====
  
'''1877–present'''&nbsp;The original&nbsp;Clay County birth records 1877-present are housed in&nbsp;the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
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'''Copies of original Records'''
  
:*'''1877-1918'''&nbsp;Birth Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Clay County records. [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]  
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:*'''1877-1918''' Birth Record - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Clay County records. [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]  
:*'''1877-1904 '''Birth Record Index - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Clay County records.&nbsp;  
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:*'''1877-1904''' Birth Record Index - [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Clay County records.&nbsp;  
:*'''1844-1944''' Birth Record, Delayed&nbsp;- [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Clay&nbsp;County records.
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:*'''1844-1944''' Birth Record, Delayed- [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Clay County records.
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:*Clay County (Illinois) County Clerk, ''Birth records, 1862-1918.'' {{FHL|269263|item|disp=FHL Film 1008787
  
*Marriages
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'''Abstracts'''
  
'''1825–present''' — The original&nbsp;Clay County marriage records 1825-present are housed in&nbsp;the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
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:*McPeak, Becky, ''Clay County, Illinois delayed births, 1842-1889 [i.e.1863-1889].'' {{FHL|1234384|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 V2m}}; {{WorldCat|38880442|disp=Other Libraries}}
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:*'''1886-1907''' Ann Hoyt, ''Clay County, Illinois birth records:alpha.'' {{FHL|1293857|item|disp=FHL book 977.3795 V38h v. 1–4}}; [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Clay+County%2C+Illinois+birth+records&qt=owc_search Other Libraries]
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:*'''1877-1885''' Becky McPeak, ''Early birth records of Clay County, Illinois 1877–1885.'' {{FHL|1294092|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 V2mc}}
  
:*'''1858–1919&nbsp;'''Marriage Record'''&nbsp;'''[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for&nbsp;Clay County&nbsp;records. [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]
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==== Marriages ====
:*'''1825–1845&nbsp;'''Marriage Record, Transcription'''&nbsp;'''[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search&nbsp;for Clay County&nbsp;records.<br>
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The following abstracts are available:
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'''Copies of Original Records'''
  
:*'''1825–1900'''&nbsp;[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] (1825-1900 for&nbsp;Clay County)
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:*'''1825–1845 '''Marriage Record, Transcription''' [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1858–1919'''Marriage Record'''[http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1858-1919''' Clay County, Illinois County Clerk, ''Marriage register and records, 1858-1919.'' {{FHL|269401|item|disp=FHL Film 1008793 items 2–5}}
  
<br>Illinois Marriages Clay County marriage records for 1860 and 1861 are interspersed with each other. Not overlapped at the end of the year. but mixed at other dates.
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'''Abstracts'''
  
Some of the Family History Library's Collection of Clay County marriages have been digitized: {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934}}.  
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:*'''1825-1845''' Winifred Wiegand, Seenah Fry, Berdella McGrew, ''Early Clay County marriage records, 1825-1845.'' {{FHL|269383|item|FHL Book 1008793 item 1}}
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:*'''1825-1877''' Clay County Genealogical Society, ''Clay County [Illinois] marriages.'' {{FHL|1294093|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 V2cci}}; {{WorldCat|32193774|disp=Other Libraries}}
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:*'''1874-1881''' Mary Ann Frye, Becky McPeak, ''Clay County, Illinois marriage book D.'' {{FHL|1294094|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 V2f}}; {{WorldCat|40557306|disp=Other Libraries}}
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:*'''1877-1895''' John Tanner, Becky McPeak, ''Clay County, Illinois marriages.'' {{FHL|1302108|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 V2t v. 2a, 2b}};
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:*'''1895-1916''' Clay County Genealogical Society; indexed by Becky McPeak, Clay Illinois marriages, ''Clay County, Illinois marriages.'' {{FHL|1234386|item|disp=FHL Book 977.3795 V2c}}
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:*'''1840-1899''' Lola B. Taylor, ''Early marriages of Richland County, Illinois, 1840-'' {{FHL|276710|item|disp=FHL Book 977.377 V25t v. 1}}; {{WorldCat|216555|disp=Other Libraries}} Includes Clay, Lawrence and Jasper Counties.  
  
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Illinois Marriages Clay County marriage records for 1860 and 1861 are interspersed with each other. Not overlapped at the end of the year. but mixed at other dates.
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'''Online Resources'''
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:*Some of the Family History Library's Collection of Clay County marriages have been digitized: {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois County Marriages, 1810-1934}}.
 
:*[http://clay.ilgenweb.net/ Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb], Marriages with brides list and brooms list
 
:*[http://clay.ilgenweb.net/ Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb], Marriages with brides list and brooms list
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:*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]
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:*'''1790–1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriage index ]found at Ancestry.com ($)
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:*'''1825–1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900] (1825-1900 for Clay County)
  
 
==== Deaths  ====
 
==== Deaths  ====
  
'''1877–present''' - The original&nbsp;Clay County death records 1877-present are housed in the office of the County Clerk. The following copies are available:
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'''Copies of Original Records'''
  
:*'''1877–1918 '''Death Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Clay County records. [[IRAD - Eastern Illinois University|How to use IRAD]]  
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:*'''1877-1918''' Clay County, Illinois County Clerk, ''Death records.'' {{FHL|269327|item|disp=FHL Film 1008791}}
:*'''1877–1904''' Death Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU] Search for Clay County&nbsp;records.
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:*'''1877–1918 '''Death Record [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
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:*'''1877–1904''' Death Record Index [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD-EIU]
  
<br>The following abstracts are available:  
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'''Abstracts'''
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:*'''1877-1935''' Clay County Genealogical Society; Ann Hoyt, ''Clay County, Illinois death records.'' {{FHL|1293853|item|disp=FHL book 977.3795 V38hc v. 1–7}}; {{WorldCat|45432766|disp=Other Libraries}}
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'''Online Resources'''
  
 
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] (No data&nbsp;for Clay County as of Aug&nbsp;2011.&nbsp; Check back again as records are being added.)  
 
:*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916] (No data&nbsp;for Clay County as of Aug&nbsp;2011.&nbsp; Check back again as records are being added.)  
 
:*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950] (1916-1950 for Clay County)  
 
:*'''1916–1950 '''[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950] (1916-1950 for Clay County)  
 
:*[http://clay.ilgenweb.net/ Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb], County Clerk Death Records Indexes
 
:*[http://clay.ilgenweb.net/ Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb], County Clerk Death Records Indexes
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:*'''1850–1885''' [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=8756&cj=1&path=Illinois.&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885] found at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==

Revision as of 20:30, 6 September 2011

Coordinates: 38.76°0′N 88.49°0′W / 38.76°N 88.49°W / 38.76; -88.49

Clay County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: December 23, 1824
County Seat Louisville
Courthouse
Clay County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Clay County Courthouse
111 E. Chestnut
Louisville, Illinois 62858
(618) 665-3626
Clay County Website

United States Gotoarrow.png IllinoisGotoarrow.png Clay County

Contents

Clay County Organization

Clay County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Clay County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1825 1877 1830 1825 1827

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Clay County are kept, see the Clay County Courthouse page

Historical Facts

Henry Clay.JPG
Clay County is named for Henry_Clay who is known for authoring the "Missouri Compromise."

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Records and Resources

Biography

  • Biographical and reminiscent history of Richland, Clay and Marion counties, Illinois Template:FH - note film 825601 can not be circulated to family history centers.
  • History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois FHL Book 977.379 H2, film 824412 Item 2

Cemeteries

Gotoarrow.png Illinois Cemeteries for more information.

Gotoarrow.png Find A Grave, list of cemeteries. Additional information can be found at local level (city, township, etc.)

Census

For information and tips on accessing census records online, see Illinois Census.

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190019,553
191018,661−4.6%
192017,684−5.2%
193016,155−8.6%
194018,94717.3%
195017,445−7.9%
196015,815−9.3%
197014,735−6.8%
198015,2833.7%
199014,460−5.4%
200014,5600.7%
IL Counties 1900-1990

State

1840 Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Clay County on page 186.]

Church History and Records

Catholic

FamilySearch has made parish records from two Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Clay County available online. The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:

Court Records

Original court records are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Court Records for more information about using court records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library.

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

Periodicals

Land and Property

Original land records are held in the office of the County Clerk . See Illinois Land and Property for more information about using land records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online sources, the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Local Histories

  • Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties, Illinois. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1909. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. FHL Film 825601

Maps

Military History and Records

Civil War

Civil War service men from Clay County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Clay County.

- 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company G.
- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company K.
- 98th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and F.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Original naturalization records are held in the office of the County Clerk. See Illinois Naturalization Records for more information about using naturalization records.

The following copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Newspapers

Clay County, Illinois USGenWeb Obituaries

Obituaries

Probate Records

Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.

Online Resources

Repositories

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Clay County are kept, see the Clay County Courthouse page

Family History Centers

There are over 4500 Family History Centers worldwide which serve as branch facilities of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Volunteers provide research assistance to help patrons identify their ancestors.  Microfilm and microfiche may be ordered from the FHL collection at a nominal cost.  Locate your nearest Family History Center at the FamilySearch website.  Call ahead to verify operating hours.  All are welcome.

The following centers are accessible to residents of Clay County, Illinois:

Centralia Illinois Family History Center
Leafland & 3rd Street
Centralia, Marion, Illinois
Phone: 618-532-3482
Hours: Wednesday 2-6pm
Attention: We have temporarily moved to this new location while our building is being remodeled.

Evansville Indiana Family History Center 
8020 E Covert Ave
Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana
Phone: 812-471-0191
Hours: First Wednesday of every month 10:00 - 12:00, Tues & Wed evenings 6:00 - 8:00; other times by appointment
Closed: Closed Major Holidays

Vincennes Indiana Family History Center
1940 N Old Hwy 41
Vincennes, Knox, Indiana
Phone: 812-882-4022
Hours: T, Thu 9am-12:30pm, 5pm-8:30pm
Closed: Closed 1 1/2 weeks for Christmas

Please note: Addresses posted are not mailing addresses. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

The Illinois State Archives administers a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories (IRAD) to manage the archival records of local governments.  Local governments which have transferred records to the regional depositories include counties, townships, municipalities, and school districts.  The records of Clay County come under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) regional depository.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)
Booth Library
Eastern Illinois University (EIU)
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093
Hours: Monday – Friday, except state holidays
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: The depository is staffed by graduate student interns. Because of class scheduling conflicts, hours may vary somewhat from the published schedule. Researchers are urged to call before planning a visit.

Libraries

Flora Public Library
216 North Main Street
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: (618) 662-6553

Social Groups Online

Societies

Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a page with details about its' activities.

Clay County Illinois Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 94
Louisville, ILL 62858
Phone: (618) 665-4544

Taxation

Vital Records

See Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Original birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Clay County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a copy to the County Clerk. Original marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Original divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Eastern Illinois University (EIU) - search for Clay County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the EIU IRAD Wiki page.


Births

Copies of original Records

  • 1877-1918 Birth Record - IRAD-EIU Search for Clay County records. How to use IRAD
  • 1877-1904 Birth Record Index - IRAD-EIU Search for Clay County records. 
  • 1844-1944 Birth Record, Delayed- IRAD-EIU Search for Clay County records.
  • Clay County (Illinois) County Clerk, Birth records, 1862-1918. {{FHL|269263|item|disp=FHL Film 1008787

Abstracts

Marriages

Copies of Original Records

Abstracts

Illinois Marriages Clay County marriage records for 1860 and 1861 are interspersed with each other. Not overlapped at the end of the year. but mixed at other dates.

Online Resources

Deaths

Copies of Original Records

Abstracts

Online Resources

Websites

Databases Pertinent to Clay County

References

  1. WorldCat 50140092, FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)