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''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Kentucky|Kentucky&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Clay_County,_Kentucky|Clay County]]''  
 
''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Kentucky|Kentucky&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] &nbsp;[[Clay_County,_Kentucky|Clay County]]''  
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Guide to '''Clay County Kentucky genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Clay County
 
| county = Clay County
 
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| county_map = Clay_County_svg.png
 
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| state = Kentucky
 
| state = Kentucky
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== Clay County Kentucky Courthouse  ==
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for {{PAGENAME}} Government Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Birth]]*'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Death]]*'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Kentucky#Land|Land]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Kentucky#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1807
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1810
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1806
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="100%" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''*'''Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing</center>
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[[Image:Clay County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|400px]]  
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[[Image:Clay County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px]]  
  
== History  ==
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[http://www.claycounty.ky.gov/ Clay County Courthouse]<br>316 Main Street Suite 143<br>Manchester, KY 40962<br>Phone: 606.598.2544<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Kentucky page 269, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|300px]]  
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== Clay County Kentucky History  ==
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[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|290px|Henry Clay.JPG]]  
  
 
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  ====
  
'''1806'''--Clay County was&nbsp;created 2 December 1806&nbsp;from [[Madison County, Kentucky|Madison]], [[Floyd County, Kentucky|Floyd]], and [[Knox County, Kentucky|Knox]] Counties.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Manchester <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1806'''--Clay County was&nbsp;created 2 December 1806&nbsp;from [[Madison County, Kentucky|Madison]], [[Floyd County, Kentucky|Floyd]], and [[Knox County, Kentucky|Knox]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Manchester <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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== Clay County Kentucky Places / Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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| Alger  
 
| Alger  
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| Brightshade  
 
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| Grace  
 
| Grace  
| Oneida  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oneida,_Kentucky Oneida]
 
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| Trixie
 
| Trixie
 
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| Burning Springs  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_Springs,_Kentucky Burning Springs]
 
| Hensley  
 
| Hensley  
 
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| Peabody  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Perry County, Kentucky|Perry]]
 
*[[Perry County, Kentucky|Perry]]
  
== Resources  ==
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== Clay County Kentucky Genealogy Resources  ==
  
==== African American Research  ====
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[[Image:Kyclay.png|thumb|right|400px]]
  
The following have information concerning African American research.&nbsp; Both should be used:  
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==== African Americans  ====
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''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kentucky African Americans|Kentucky African Americans]]''
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ the KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ the KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project  
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900  
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*&nbsp;[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Kentucky_Minorities Kentucky Minorities] has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.&nbsp;
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==== Biographies  ====
 
==== Biographies  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/kybiog/ KY Biographies] ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=318337&disp=Autobiography+and+diary%20%20&columns=*,0,0 KY Biographies] ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=318337&disp=Autobiography+and+diary%20%20&columns=*,0,0 www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp]<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
 
Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/clayn.html Clay Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/clay.html Clay Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]  
 
*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]  
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/KY/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ky/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project  
 
*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net  
 
*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net  
*[http://www.raogk.org/kentucky.htm Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] may&nbsp;take photographs of headstones found in&nbsp;county cemeteries.
 
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.  
 
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1014 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Clay County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,  
 
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1014 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Clay County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,  
*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|533673|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Clay County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
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*The [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|533673|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Clay County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=3856&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=39&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Clay County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=3856&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=39&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Clay County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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| 1810= 2398
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| 1820= 4393
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| 1830= 3548
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| 1840= 4607
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| 1850= 5421
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| 1860= 6652
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| 1870= 8297
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| 1880= 10222
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| 1890= 12447
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| 1900= 15364
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| 1910= 17789
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| 1920= 19795
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| 1930= 18526
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| 1940= 23901
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| 1950= 23116
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| 1960= 20748
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| 1970= 18481
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| 1980= 22752
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{KY Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/court/court.htm Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases] Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/court/court.htm Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases] Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project  
 
*[http://courts.ky.gov/research/ Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]
 
*[http://courts.ky.gov/research/ Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]
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==== Genealogy  ====
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It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:
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*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
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*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
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===== Bibliography  =====
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*'''[Bond]''' Bond, Arthur. ''Bond, McWhorter, York, Andrew, Miller and Willson, 1748-1984: of Kentucky counties: Casey, Lincoln, Clay, Owsley, Rockcastle, Laurel, Jackson; and Ohio counties of: Butler, Hamilton''. Typescript. Microfilmed 1984. {{FHL|349860|item|disp=FHL Film 1035693 Item 4}}
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*'''[Jett]''' Jett, C. Otis. ''The Genealogy of the Breathitt, Clay and Madison County, Kentucky Branch of the Jett Family''. Georgetown, Ky.: I.L. Jett, 1988. {{FHL|470135|item|disp=FHL&nbsp;Book 929.273 J51j}}
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{KY History}}
  
 
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives/ ~ The Archives of Appalachia]
 
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives/ ~ The Archives of Appalachia]
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*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/kentucky.html Another Kentucky Newspaper Index with links]  
 
*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/kentucky.html Another Kentucky Newspaper Index with links]  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm
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{{KY Newspaper abstracts|Appling}}
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{KY Probate Intro}}
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*'''1830-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books 1 to 3 (1830-1965)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{KY Tax Intro}}
  
 
*'''[1808]''' Stephens, Mrs. Bruce. "Clay County, Kentucky Tax List, 1808," ''The Mountain Empire Genealogical Quarterly'', Vol. 3, No. 4 (Winter 1984):235-237. {{FHL|112314|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 975 D25m v. 3 (1984)}}.
 
*'''[1808]''' Stephens, Mrs. Bruce. "Clay County, Kentucky Tax List, 1808," ''The Mountain Empire Genealogical Quarterly'', Vol. 3, No. 4 (Winter 1984):235-237. {{FHL|112314|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;Book 975 D25m v. 3 (1984)}}.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{KY Vital Intro}}
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*'''1852-1861''' - Clay County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch {{IGI|C517241}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1874''' - Clay County Birth Index 1874. Batch {{IGI|C517242}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1852-1861''' - Clay County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch {{IGI|M517241}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1876-1878''' - Clay County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517243}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Unsorted  =====
  
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project  
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project  
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*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Clay County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/contact/kysocieties.html Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies]
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/contact/kysocieties.html Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies]
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Clay County Kentucky Genealogy Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyclay2/ Clay County KYGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyclay2/ Clay County KYGenWeb]  
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*{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
== References  ==
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== Clay County Kentucky Genealogy References  ==
  
 
<references />{{Kentucky|Kentucky}}  
 
<references />{{Kentucky|Kentucky}}  
 
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Guide to Clay County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Contents

Clay County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Clay County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1807 1852 1810 1806 1830
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Clay County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG

Clay County Courthouse
316 Main Street Suite 143
Manchester, KY 40962
Phone: 606.598.2544[1]

Clay County Kentucky History

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

Parent County

1806--Clay County was created 2 December 1806 from Madison, Floyd, and Knox Counties.
County seat: Manchester [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Clay County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Alger Creekville Jacks Creek Portersburg
Ammie Deer Lick Larue Queendale
Ashers Fork Eriline Laurel Creek Sextons Creek
Barcreek Fall Rock Lincoln Shepherdtown
Benge Felty Littleton Sibert
Bernice Fogertown Manchester Sidell
Big Creek Gardner Marcum Spring Creek
Bluehole Garrard Mill Pond Spurlock
Botto Goose Rock Ogle Tanksley
Brightshade Grace Oneida Teges
Brutus Hector Panco Trixie
Burning Springs Hensley Peabody Urban
Chestnutburg Hima Pigeonroost Vine
Collins Station (hist.) Hooker Plank Wild Cat
Cottongim

Neighboring Counties

Clay County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African Americans

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Kentucky African Americans

Biographies

Cemeteries

Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18102,398
18204,39383.2%
18303,548−19.2%
18404,60729.8%
18505,42117.7%
18606,65222.7%
18708,29724.7%
188010,22223.2%
189012,44721.8%
190015,36423.4%
191017,78915.8%
192019,79511.3%
193018,526−6.4%
194023,90129.0%
195023,116−3.3%
196020,748−10.2%
197018,481−10.9%
198022,75223.1%
199021,746−4.4%
200024,55612.9%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21051.txt




Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.

Court

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
Bibliography
  • [Bond] Bond, Arthur. Bond, McWhorter, York, Andrew, Miller and Willson, 1748-1984: of Kentucky counties: Casey, Lincoln, Clay, Owsley, Rockcastle, Laurel, Jackson; and Ohio counties of: Butler, Hamilton. Typescript. Microfilmed 1984. FHL Film 1035693 Item 4
  • [Jett] Jett, C. Otis. The Genealogy of the Breathitt, Clay and Madison County, Kentucky Branch of the Jett Family. Georgetown, Ky.: I.L. Jett, 1988. FHL Book 929.273 J51j

Land

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Clay County, Kentucky. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Kentucky Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clay County, Kentucky newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Clay County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Clay County, Kentucky Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Taxation

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

  • [1808] Stephens, Mrs. Bruce. "Clay County, Kentucky Tax List, 1808," The Mountain Empire Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Winter 1984):235-237. FHL US/CAN Book 975 D25m v. 3 (1984).

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Clay County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Clay County, Kentucky Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

Birth
  • 1852-1861 - Clay County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517241 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874 - Clay County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517242 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1852-1861 - Clay County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517241 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1878 - Clay County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517243 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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Clay County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Clay County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Clay County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Kentucky page 269, 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).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.