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Clay County Courthouse

Clay County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Liberty, MO 64086
Phone: 816.792.7637 

Recorder Deeds has marriage and land records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records 
from 1822; Probate Court has probate records[1]

History

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

Parent County

1822--Clay County was created 2 January 1822 from Ray County.
County seat: Liberty [3]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Roberts Cemetery, Gallatin BillionGraves

Census

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

Church

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Missouri City

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps


Migration

Early migration routes to and from Clay County, Missouri for European settlers included:

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Clay County

  • September 17, 1861 = Liberty[6] aslo known as Blue Mills Landing, Blue Mills

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries 

Liberty Tribune, 1860-1869 and Liberty Weekly Tribune, 1846-1860 Searchable online at the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Digital Collections, Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers.

Smithville Historical Society

Smithville is located in both Clay and Platte counties. There are a number of resources available on their website.

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Missouri. Page 399 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. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)

 

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