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Clay County, Nebraska genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

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Coordinates: 39.99°0′N 91.19°0′W / 39.99°N 91.19°W / 39.99; -91.19

Clay County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 16, 1867
County Seat Clay Center
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Address Clay County Courthouse
111 W. Fairfield Street
Clay Center, Nebraska 68933
Phone: 402.762.3463


County Courthouse

Clay County Courthouse
111 W Fairfield St;
Clay Center, NE 68933
Phone: 402.762.3463

County Clerk has birth and death records 1917-1918,
marriage and land records from 1871 and military records 1921.
Clerk District Court has divorce and naturalization records.
County Court has probate records. [1]


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

Parent County

1867--Clay County was created 16 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Clay Center [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from Clay County, Nebraska Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:





Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Nebraska page 429, 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 (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).


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