Clay County, Indiana Genealogy

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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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The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay (1777-1852).[1]

Parent County

1825--Clay County was created 12 February 1825 from Owen, Putnam, Vigo and Sullivan Counties.
County seat: Brazil [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

November 1851 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories



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  (regiment, company, name, also "Burial Places Of Soldiers" page 376) 977.244 H2t FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection Vol. .1 Family History Archives  Vol.2Family History Archives   other library


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



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc.

POB 56

Centerpoint, IN  47840-0056


Web Sites


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