Clay County, Iowa Genealogy

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Guide to Clay County Iowa genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Clay County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Spencer


County Courthouse

Clay County Courthouse
215 W 4th Street
Spencer, Iowa 51301

(712) 262-1081

Clay County


Parent County

1851--Clay County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Woodbury County prior to organization 15 October 1858. County seat:  Spencer [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Buena Vista | Cherokee | Dickinson | Emmet | O'Brien | Osceola | Palo Alto | Pocahontas




Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article.




Local Histories 




Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives


In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Clay - Probate records.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).