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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Mississippi]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Clay_County,_Mississippi|Clay County]]''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Mississippi Genealogy|Mississippi]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Clay County'''  
  
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Guide to '''Clay County, Mississippi ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:MS_ORP.png|Mississippi Online Genealogy Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Clay County
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| county_map = Msclay.jpg
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| state = Mississippi
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| founded year =  1852
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| founded date = 8 March
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| seat = [[West point, Mississippi|West point]]
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| building image = MississippiClayCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Clay County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 815<br>West point, MS 39773<br> Phone: 662.494.3124<br>[http://www.claycountyms.com/index.php '''Clay County Courthouse''']]
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== County Information ==
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=== Clay County, Mississippi Record Dates ===
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1872<br>
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and court records.<br>Clerk Chancery &nbsp;Court has divorce, proabte and land records from 1872. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Mississippi page 378, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and court records. Clerk Chancery &nbsp;Court has divorce, proabte and land records from 1872. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Mississippi page 378, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1871'''--Clay County was created 12 May 1871&nbsp;from [[Chickasaw County, Mississippi|Chickasaw]], [[Lowndes County, Mississippi|Lowndes]], [[Monroe County, Mississippi|Monroe]] and [[Oktibbeha County, Mississippi|Oktibbeha]] Counties. It was named Colfax County until 1876. <br>'''County seat:&nbsp;&nbsp;'''West Point <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1871'''--Clay County was created 12 May 1871&nbsp;from [[Chickasaw County, Mississippi Genealogy|Chickasaw]], [[Lowndes County, Mississippi Genealogy|Lowndes]], [[Monroe County, Mississippi Genealogy|Monroe]] and [[Oktibbeha County, Mississippi Genealogy|Oktibbeha]] Counties. It was named Colfax County until 1876. <br>'''County seat:&nbsp;&nbsp;'''West Point <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1221684929984_914" />  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Mississippi county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/mississippi/ "Rotating Formation Mississippi County Boundary Maps"] (1785-1918) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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== Places/Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Chickasaw County, Mississippi|Chickasaw]]  
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*[[Chickasaw County, Mississippi Genealogy|Chickasaw]]  
*[[Lowndes County, Mississippi|Lowndes]]  
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*[[Lowndes County, Mississippi Genealogy|Lowndes]]  
*[[Monroe County, Mississippi|Monroe]]  
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*[[Monroe County, Mississippi Genealogy|Monroe]]  
*[[Oktibbeha County, Mississippi|Oktibbeha]]  
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*[[Oktibbeha County, Mississippi Genealogy|Oktibbeha]]  
*[[Webster County, Mississippi|Webster]]
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*[[Webster County, Mississippi Genealogy|Webster]]
  
== Resources  ==
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== Genealogy Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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==== African Americans  ====
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==== Bible Records  ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{Census|Mississippi}}  
 
{{Census|Mississippi}}  
 
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*1805 - 1890 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3556 Mississippi, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1805-1890] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1660 - 1820 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2234 U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1792 - 1866 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1125 Mississippi, State and Territorial Census Collection, 1792-1866] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
:*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|1880 State Census Returns}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
 
:*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|1880 State Census Returns}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
  
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==== Church Records ====
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{{MS Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Genealogy  ====
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==== Land and Property ====
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{{MS Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{MS History}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/mississippi/ Maps of Mississippi (1785-1918)]
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932375|Mississippi, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932409|Mississippi, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1889-1942''' - {{RecordSearch|1979942|Mississippi, Confederate Records, 1889-1942}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1900-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1936413|Mississippi, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1900-1974}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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==== Naturalization ====
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
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{{MS Newspaper abstracts|Clay}}
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{{MS Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1780 – 1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8995 Mississippi Wills and Probate Records 1780-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''<br>
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*'''1781 – 1930''' {{RecordSearch|2036959| Mississippi Probate Records 1781-1930}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images <br>
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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{{MS Tax Intro}}
  
 
:*'''1872-1892''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|County Tax Rolls}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
 
:*'''1872-1892''' - {{RecordSearch|1919687|County Tax Rolls}}, courtesy: [http://www.familysearch.org FamilySearch] - free.
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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{{MS Vital Intro}}
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*1800 - 1911 {{RecordSearch|1680835|Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1776 - 1935 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7842 Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1826 - 1900 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4585 Mississippi Marriages, 1826-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1826 - 50 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3739 Mississippi Marriages, 1826-50] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*to 1825 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2093 Mississippi Marriages to 1825] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1872-1917''' - Clay County Marriage Books 1-18 Index 1872-1917 in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/igi International Genealogical Index] at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/ce/Igimississippia.pdf.</ref>
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== Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/mississippi/ms-society-archive/ Mississippi Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~msccgs/ Clay County Historical and Genealogical Society]<br>
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P. O. Box 1849<br>
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West Point, MS 39773
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Many Resources and links for the county.
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/mississippi/clay-county/ Clay County, MS History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*{{FHL|Mississippi%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://clay.msghn.org/ Clay County, Mississippi Genealogy & History Network]
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*[https://plus.google.com/communities/111918998635232011689 Mississippi Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/134148333326756/ Mississippi Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~msclay/ USGenWeb Clay County, Mississippi project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*{{FHL|Mississippi%2C+Clay|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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Latest revision as of 23:38, 10 August 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Mississippi Gotoarrow.png Clay County

Guide to Clay County, Mississippi ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Clay County, Mississippi
Map
Map of Mississippi highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the U.S. highlighting Mississippi
Location of Mississippi in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 8 March, 1852
County Seat West point
Courthouse
MississippiClayCourthouse.jpg
Address Clay County Courthouse]
PO Box 815
West point, MS 39773
Phone: 662.494.3124
Clay County Courthouse]


County Information

Clay County, Mississippi Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Clay County, Mississippi Genealogy Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

1872

1880
1872
1872


County Courthouse

Clay County Courthouse
PO Box 815
West point, MS 39773
Phone: 662.494.3124


Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and court records. Clerk Chancery  Court has divorce, proabte and land records from 1872. [1]

History

Henry Clay.JPG

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

Parent County

1871--Clay County was created 12 May 1871 from Chickasaw, Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties. It was named Colfax County until 1876.
County seat:  West Point [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Mississippi county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Mississippi County Boundary Maps" (1785-1918) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church Records

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 Mississippi denominations, view the Mississippi Church Records wiki page.

Court

Genealogy

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Mississippi Land and Property for additional information about early Mississippi land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

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

Maps

Military

Civil War

Naturalization

Newspapers

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

Occupations

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Clay County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Clay County, Mississippi Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930. See the wiki page Mississippi 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.

Online Records


Taxation

Mississippi tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Mississippi Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. Mississippi law did not require keeping birth or death records until 1912. Births and deaths are kept by the Mississippi Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage records are kept by the county. See also How to order Mississippi Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Mississippi Vital Records for more information on getting Mississippi records.

Birth
Marriage
Death
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

See also a List of Mississippi Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Clay County Historical and Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1849
West Point, MS 39773

Many Resources and links for the county.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Mississippi page 378, 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. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/c/ce/Igimississippia.pdf.