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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Indiana|Indiana]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Clay County''' <br>  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
The earliest civil records that were housed in the first county courthouse were lost when the courthouse burned down in 1851.  
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[http://www.claycountyin.gov/ Clay County Courthouse]<br>609 E Nation Avenue<br>Brazil, IN 47834-2797<br>Phone: 812.448.9024<br><br>County Health Department has birth and death records.<br>County Clerk has marriage, divoce, probate and court records from 1851.<br>County Recorder has land records from 1825,<br>some naturalization and burial records.<br>The earliest civil records that were housed in the first county courthouse <br>were lost when the courthouse burned down in 1851.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Indiana 211 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
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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>  
 
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>  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1825--'''Clay County was created 12&nbsp;February 1825&nbsp;from [[Owen County, Indiana|Owen]], [[Putnam County, Indiana|Putnam]], [[Vigo County, Indiana|Vigo]] and [[Sullivan County, Indiana|Sullivan]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Brazil <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: rgb(0, 43, 184); text-decoration: underline;"> </span>  
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'''1825--'''Clay County was created 12&nbsp;February 1825&nbsp;from [[Owen County, Indiana|Owen]], [[Putnam County, Indiana|Putnam]], [[Vigo County, Indiana|Vigo]] and [[Sullivan County, Indiana|Sullivan]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Brazil <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
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*Cemetery Index - [http://www.ingenweb.org/inclay/cemeteries/cemetery_index.htm INGenWeb]
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*see Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Clay/ Linkpendium]
  
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==== Census  ====
  
*Cemetery Index - [http://www.ingenweb.org/inclay/cemeteries/cemetery_index.htm INGenWeb]
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{{Census|Indiana}}
*see Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Clay/ Linkpendium]
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*Census Index - [http://www.ingenweb.org/inclay/census/census_index.htm INGenWeb]  
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*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Clay County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
 
 
  
 
*Churchs Index - [http://www.ingenweb.org/inclay/churches/churches_index.htm INGenWeb]
 
*Churchs Index - [http://www.ingenweb.org/inclay/churches/churches_index.htm INGenWeb]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Directories  ====
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*Directory of Businesses in Clay County, Indiana (1858) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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*History of Clay County - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Clay/hist/ Linkpendium] <br>
 
*History of Clay County - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Clay/hist/ Linkpendium] <br>
  
*Hisrory Index - [http://www.ingenweb.org/inclay/history/history_index.htm INGenWeb]<br>
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*History Index - [http://www.ingenweb.org/inclay/history/history_index.htm INGenWeb]<br>
  
*Travis, William. ''A History of Clay County Indiana: Closing of the First Century's History of the County and Showing the Growth of Its People Institutions Industries and Wealth Vols 1 and 2''. (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1981.)&nbsp;977.244 H2t FHL US/CAN Book {{FHL|175735|item|disp=FHL Collection}} Vol. .1 [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH19&CISOPTR=152834 Family History Archives]&nbsp;&nbsp;Vol.2[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH22&CISOPTR=23081 Family History Archives]&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-clay-county-indiana-closing-of-the-first-centurys-history-of-the-county-and-showing-the-growth-of-its-people-institutions-industries-and-wealth-vols-1-and-2/oclc/500044227&referer=brief_results other library]
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*Travis, William. ''A History of Clay County Indiana: Closing of the First Century's History of the County and Showing the Growth of Its People Institutions Industries and Wealth Vols 1 and 2''. (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1981.)&nbsp;977.244 H2t FHL US/CAN Book {{FHL|175735|item|disp=FHL Collection}} Vol. .1 {{FSbook|101359}} &nbsp;&nbsp;Vol.2 {{FSbook|101815}} &nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-clay-county-indiana-closing-of-the-first-centurys-history-of-the-county-and-showing-the-growth-of-its-people-institutions-industries-and-wealth-vols-1-and-2/oclc/500044227&referer=brief_results other library]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Clay County, Indiana (Source:[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso01buregoog#page/n31/mode/1up Internet Archive])  
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*List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Clay County, Indiana (Source:[http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso01buregoog#page/n31/mode/1up Internet Archive])<br>
*Civil War
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*Clay County Veterans at State Soldiers Home, Lafayette, Indiana (1906) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])  
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*Civil War (1861-1865)
  
 
#&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2170;isa=Category;op=show Clay County Civil War Veterans]
 
#&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2170;isa=Category;op=show Clay County Civil War Veterans]
  
*Korean War
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*Korean War (1950-1923)
  
 
#[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2179;isa=Category;op=show Clay County Korean War Veterans]
 
#[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2179;isa=Category;op=show Clay County Korean War Veterans]
  
*Revolutionary War
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*Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
  
 
#Revolutionary War Soldiers of Clay County (Source: [http://visions.indstate.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/isulib&CISOPTR=1128 Wabash Valley Visions &amp; Voices])
 
#Revolutionary War Soldiers of Clay County (Source: [http://visions.indstate.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/isulib&CISOPTR=1128 Wabash Valley Visions &amp; Voices])
  
*Spanish American War
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*Spanish American War (1898)
  
 
#[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2173;isa=Category;op=show Clay County Spanish American War Veterans]
 
#[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2173;isa=Category;op=show Clay County Spanish American War Veterans]
  
*Vietnam War
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*Vietnam War (1961-1973)
  
 
#[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2182;isa=Category;op=show Clay County Vietnam Veterans]
 
#[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2182;isa=Category;op=show Clay County Vietnam Veterans]
  
*World War I
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*World War I (1917-1918)
  
 
#Gold Star Honor Roll Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War (Source: [http://genealogytrails.com/ind/clay/rollofhonor.html Genealogy Trails History Group])  
 
#Gold Star Honor Roll Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War (Source: [http://genealogytrails.com/ind/clay/rollofhonor.html Genealogy Trails History Group])  
 
#[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Indiana.Clay+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 World War I Draft Registration Cards], 1917-1918 Clay County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
 
#[http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Indiana.Clay+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 World War I Draft Registration Cards], 1917-1918 Clay County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  
*World War II
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*World War II (1941-1945)
  
 
#[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2176;isa=Category;op=show Clay County World War II Veterans]  
 
#[http://www.claycountyin.gov/metadot/index.pl?id=2176;isa=Category;op=show Clay County World War II Veterans]  
 
#Clay County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/indiana/clay1.htm AccessGenealogy) ]<br>&nbsp;(above was copy from Linkpendium)
 
#Clay County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/indiana/clay1.htm AccessGenealogy) ]<br>&nbsp;(above was copy from Linkpendium)
  
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<br>Civil War  
 
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Civil War  
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<br>Civil War service men from Clay County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Clay County.  
 
<br>Civil War service men from Clay County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Clay County.  
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Civil War Book<br>  
 
Civil War Book<br>  
  
*"Military" Chapter 28 in Travis, William. ''A History of Clay County Indiana: Closing of the First Century's History of the County and Showing the Growth of Its People Institutions Industries and Wealth Vols 1 and 2''. (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1981.) page 350-380 &nbsp;('''regiment, company, name,''' also "Burial Places Of Soldiers" page 376) 977.244 H2t FHL US/CAN Book {{FHL|175735|item|disp=FHL Collection}} Vol. .1 [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH19&CISOPTR=152834 Family History Archives]&nbsp;&nbsp;Vol.2[http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/FH22&CISOPTR=23081 Family History Archives]&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-clay-county-indiana-closing-of-the-first-centurys-history-of-the-county-and-showing-the-growth-of-its-people-institutions-industries-and-wealth-vols-1-and-2/oclc/500044227&referer=brief_results other library]
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*"Military" Chapter 28 in Travis, William. ''A History of Clay County Indiana: Closing of the First Century's History of the County and Showing the Growth of Its People Institutions Industries and Wealth Vols 1 and 2''. (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1981.) page 350-380&nbsp;Vol.1&nbsp;('''regiment, company, name,''' also "Burial Places Of Soldiers" page 376) 977.244 H2t FHL US/CAN Book {{FHL|175735|item|disp=FHL Collection}} Vol. .1 {{FSbook|101359}}&nbsp;&nbsp;Vol.2 {{FSbook|101815}}&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-clay-county-indiana-closing-of-the-first-centurys-history-of-the-county-and-showing-the-growth-of-its-people-institutions-industries-and-wealth-vols-1-and-2/oclc/500044227&referer=brief_results other library]
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
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==== '''School Records'''  ====
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*Selected Alumni of Brazil High School, Clay County, Indiana (1918) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Students of Brazil High School, Clay County, Indiana (1918) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*Teachers of Brazil High School, Clay County, Indiana (1918) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====

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Contents

County Courthouse

Clay County Courthouse
609 E Nation Avenue
Brazil, IN 47834-2797
Phone: 812.448.9024

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divoce, probate and court records from 1851.
County Recorder has land records from 1825,
some naturalization and burial records.
The earliest civil records that were housed in the first county courthouse
were lost when the courthouse burned down in 1851.[1]

History

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

Parent County

1825--Clay County was created 12 February 1825 from Owen, Putnam, Vigo and Sullivan Counties.
County seat: Brazil [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

November 1851 -- 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

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

Court

Directories

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Clay County, Indiana (Source:Internet Archive)
  • Clay County Veterans at State Soldiers Home, Lafayette, Indiana (1906) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)
  • Civil War (1861-1865)
  1.     Clay County Civil War Veterans
  • Korean War (1950-1923)
  1. Clay County Korean War Veterans
  • Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
  1. Revolutionary War Soldiers of Clay County (Source: Wabash Valley Visions & Voices)
  • Spanish American War (1898)
  1. Clay County Spanish American War Veterans
  • Vietnam War (1961-1973)
  1. Clay County Vietnam Veterans
  • World War I (1917-1918)
  1. Gold Star Honor Roll Indiana Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War (Source: Genealogy Trails History Group)
  2. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Clay County (Source: Explore Ancestry for free) ($)
  • World War II (1941-1945)
  1. Clay County World War II Veterans
  2. Clay County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy)
     (above was copy from Linkpendium)


Civil War


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

Civil War Book

  • "Military" Chapter 28 in Travis, William. A History of Clay County Indiana: Closing of the First Century's History of the County and Showing the Growth of Its People Institutions Industries and Wealth Vols 1 and 2. (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1981.) page 350-380 Vol.1 (regiment, company, name, also "Burial Places Of Soldiers" page 376) 977.244 H2t FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection Vol. .1 FamilySearch Books Online  Vol.2 FamilySearch Books Online   other library

Newspapers

The Brazil Daily Times has obituaries and other archives back to 2003.

http://www.thebraziltimes.com/

Probate

School Records

Taxation

Vital Records

  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
  • Clay County Deaths (partial list) - INGenWeb
  • Mariages Index (partial list) - INGenWeb

Societies and Libraries 

Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc.

POB 56

Centerpoint, IN  47840-0056

812-535-5005

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Indiana 211 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).