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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Nebraska]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Clay County'''
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| building address = '''[[Clay County, Nebraska Courthouse|Clay County Courthouse]]'''<br>111 W. Fairfield Street<br>Clay Center, Nebraska 68933<br>Phone: 402.762.3463
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| building address = '''[http://www.claycounty.ne.gov/webpages/county_court/county_court.html Clay County Courthouse]'''<br>111 W. Fairfield Street<br>Clay Center, NE 68933<br>Phone: 402-762-3651<br>[http://www.claycounty.ne.gov/ County Website]
 
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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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=== County Information  ===
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==== Clay County, Nebraska Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 452-465. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Nebraska Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Nebraska Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Nebraska Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Nebraska Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Clay County, Nebraska Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Nebraska Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1871
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1871
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1871
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.claycounty.ne.gov/ Clay County Courthouse]<br>111 W Fairfield St; <br>Clay Center, NE 68933<br> Phone: 402.762.3463<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records 1917-1918, <br>marriage and land records from 1871 and military records 1921.<br>Clerk District Court has divorce and naturalization records.<br>County Court has probate records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Nebraska page 429, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br>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. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Nebraska page 429, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|300px|Henry Clay.JPG]]  
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[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Henry Clay.JPG]]  
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Clay County was part of the Louisiana territory and therefore ruled by both the French and the Spanish in its early history. After the Louisiana Purchase and the formation of the State of Nebraska in 1867, Clay County was formed on February 16, 1867. By 1871 the westward migration brought families from the eastern seaboard of the United States to the open prairies of Nebraska and Clay County. In the 1870s two railroad came to Clay county and with them came many immigrants, including a large colony of Germans from the coastal regions of Russia, British and Irish immigrants eager to homestead the prairie land. The county is named after 19th century U.S. Speaker of the House, Henry Clay. <ref> [http://www.kancoll.org/books/andreas_ne/clay/clay-p1.html#pagetop Kansas Collection Books]</ref>
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==== Parent County  ====
  
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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'''1867'''  Clay County was created 16 February 1867 from unorganized territory. <br>'''County seat:''' Clay Center. <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
==== Parent County  ====
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=== Description ===  
  
'''1867--'''Clay County was created 16 February 1867 from unorganized territory. <br>'''County seat:''' Clay Center <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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The county seat for Clay county is Clay CenterThe county was named after Henry Clay, a famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/neb/clay/ accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/nebraska/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nebraska] - shows boundary changes for Nebraska Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NE_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm Nebraska Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Populated Places <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Clay County, Nebraska," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.</ref> ====
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=====Cities=====
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*Clay Center
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*Edgar
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*Fairfield
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*Harvard
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*Sutton
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=====Villages=====
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*Deweese
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*Glenvil
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*Ong
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*Saronville
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*Trumbull (partial)
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=====Census-designated place=====
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*Inland
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=====Unincorporated communities=====
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*Eldorado
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*Verona
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=====Townships=====
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*Edgar
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*Eldorado
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*Fairfield
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*Glenvil
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*Harvard
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*Inland
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*Leicester
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*Lewis
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*Logan
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*Lone Tree
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*Lynn
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*Marshall
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*School Creek
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*Sheridan
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*Spring Ranch
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*Sutton
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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*[[Adams County, Nebraska|Adams]]  
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*[[Adams County, Nebraska Genealogy|Adams]]  
*[[Fillmore County, Nebraska|Fillmore]]  
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*[[Fillmore County, Nebraska Genealogy|Fillmore]]  
*[[Hall County, Nebraska|Hall]]  
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*[[Hall County, Nebraska Genealogy|Hall]]  
*[[Hamilton County, Nebraska|Hamilton]]  
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*[[Hamilton County, Nebraska Genealogy|Hamilton]]  
*[[Nuckolls County, Nebraska|Nuckolls]]  
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*[[Nuckolls County, Nebraska Genealogy|Nuckolls]]  
*[[Thayer County, Nebraska|Thayer]]  
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*[[Thayer County, Nebraska Genealogy|Thayer]]  
*[[Webster County, Nebraska|Webster]]  
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*[[Webster County, Nebraska Genealogy|Webster]]  
*[[York County, Nebraska|York]]
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*[[York County, Nebraska Genealogy|York]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=31&GScnty=1821&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|382571|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=31&CScnty=1821 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Aclay+nebraska+cemetery&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Nebraska&county=Clay Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/nebraska/clay.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://nebraskagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=18 Nebraska Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Nebraska Cemeteries|Nebraska Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_County,_Nebraska "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1860 |165
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|1870 |54 
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|1880 |11294
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|1890 |16310
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|1900 |15735
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|1910 |15629
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|1920 |14486
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|1930 |13571
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|1940 |10445
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|1950 |8700
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|1960 |8717
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|1970 |8266 
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|1980 |8106 
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|1990 |7213 
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|2000 |7039
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|2010 |6542
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{{Census|Nebraska}}  
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===== State Census Records =====
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*'''1854 - 1870''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3559 Nebraska, Compiled Census Index, 1854-1870] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index ($)
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*'''1860 - 1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1668 Nebraska State Census Collection 1860-1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1810728|Nebraska State Census 1885}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6585 Nebraska State Census 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
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===== Federal Census Records =====
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Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[Nebraska Census]].
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{{Census|Nebraska}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{NE Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*'''1870 - 1990''' — [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/prisoners.shtml Nebraska Prisoner Records 1870-1990] — index only
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{NE Land}}
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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For more information see [[Nebraska Land and Property]]
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
==== Maps  ====
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{{NE History Intro}}
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*''Biographical and historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton counties, Nebraska''. 1890. Chicago, Illinois: Goodspeed Pub. Co. Available online at:
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**{{FSbook|3996514}}<br>
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**[https://archive.org/details/biographicalhist00good Internet Archive]<br>
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**[https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-90100/biographical-historical-memoirs-of-adams-clay-hall-hamilton-counties-nebraska?itemId=95605128&action=showRecord My Heritage]
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*''History of Hamilton and Clay counties, Nebraska''. 1921. Burr, George L., Buck, O. O., Stough, Dale P. Chicago, Ill.: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. Available online at:
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**{{FSbook|102166}}
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**[https://archive.org/details/historyofhamilto01burr Internet Archive]
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**[https://books.google.com/books/about/History_of_Hamilton_and_Clay_Counties_Ne.html?id=ZH8_AAAAYAAJ Google Books]
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*''The 'Centennial' sketch of Clay County, Nebraska''. Clark, Martin. 1876. Sutton, Nebraska: E.H. White. Available online at: 
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**{{FSbook|1147525}}
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**[https://archive.org/details/centennialsketch00clay Internet Archive]
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**[https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=loc.ark:/13960/t7vm52571;view=1up;seq=12 HathiTrust]
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*''History of the State of Nebraska''. Cutler, William. 1882. Chicago, IL.: The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor. Available online at:
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**[http://www.kancoll.org/books/andreas_ne/clay/clay-p1.html#pagetop Kansas Collection Books]
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==== Maps and Gazetteers ====
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*[http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/gazetteer.shtml Nebraska Gazetteer] - database for all known places found in 1890 and 1911 Nebraska gazetteers
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/nebraska/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nebraska] - shows boundary changes for Nebraska Counties
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[[Image:Neclay.png|400px|Neclay.png]]
  
 
==== Migration  ====
 
==== Migration  ====
  
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for European and African American settlers included:  
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Early migration routes to and from Clay County for European and African American settlers included:  
  
 
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Blue_River_(Kansas/Nebraska) Little Blue River]  
 
:*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Blue_River_(Kansas/Nebraska) Little Blue River]  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Revolutionary War =====
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*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
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*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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===== Civil War =====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932417|Nebraska Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4755 Nebraska Resident Military Roster on June 1, 1891] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the War of 1812, the Mexico War, and the War of the Rebellion, residing in Nebraska June 1, 1891<br>
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*'''1893''' - [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/holt/1893/nebraska.html Roster of Nebraska Veterans] - list of veterans in 1893
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*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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===== WWI =====
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*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/WWIdraft.shtml World War I Drafts 1917-1918] - index only
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*''For more nationwide World War I databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{NE Newspaper abstracts|Clay}}
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'' Nebraska Newspapers Online''
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*[http://nebnewspapers.unl.edu/search/advanced/ Nebraska Newspapers] - contains images of newspapers throughout Nebraska
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/nebraska GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Nebraska newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/nebraska/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Nebraska newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Nebraska newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://nhs.mlasolutions.com/oasis/catalog/(S(zbsz4355ibqf0u45unq01wrq))/Default.aspx?installation=NebraskaHistorical Nebraska State Historical Society] - catalog of known Nebraska newspapers; lists repositories that have the newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{NE Probate Intro|Clay}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1806 – 1989''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9073 Nebraska Wills and Probate Records 1806-1989] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{NE Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{NE Vital Intro}}
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==== Marriage Records ====
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''Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images''
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*'''1855 - 1995''' — {{RecordSearch|1708654|Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index only
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*'''1856 - 1898''' — [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7871 Nebraska Marriages 1856-1898] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($), index only
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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'''County, Township and City Societies'''
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:*'''[http://www.nebraskagenealogy.com/clay/ Clay County Historical Society]'''<br>P.O. Box 201<br>Clay Center, NE 68933-0201<br>Phone: 402-463-8198
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'''Libraries'''
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:*'''[https://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/libraries/basiclibrarydata.asp?libcode=NE0055 Clay Center Public Library]'''<br>117 W Edgar St<br>Clay Center, NE 68933-1427<br>Phone: 402-762-3861<br>Fax: 402-762-3861 (call first)<br>Email: claycenterlibrary@gmail.com<br>Library Director: Cheryl Green
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[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.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neclay/menu.htm NEGenWeb]
*{{FHL|Nebraska%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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:*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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:*{{FHL|Nebraska Clay|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Latest revision as of 23:28, 20 June 2017

United States
Nebraska
Clay County
Clay County, Nebraska
Map
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.
Facts
Founded February 16, 1867
County Seat Clay Center
Courthouse
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Address Clay County Courthouse
111 W. Fairfield Street
Clay Center, NE 68933
Phone: 402-762-3651
County Website


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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County Information

Clay County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1860 1871 1871

County Courthouse


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. [2]

History

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Clay County was part of the Louisiana territory and therefore ruled by both the French and the Spanish in its early history. After the Louisiana Purchase and the formation of the State of Nebraska in 1867, Clay County was formed on February 16, 1867. By 1871 the westward migration brought families from the eastern seaboard of the United States to the open prairies of Nebraska and Clay County. In the 1870s two railroad came to Clay county and with them came many immigrants, including a large colony of Germans from the coastal regions of Russia, British and Irish immigrants eager to homestead the prairie land. The county is named after 19th century U.S. Speaker of the House, Henry Clay. [3]

Parent County

1867 Clay County was created 16 February 1867 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Clay Center. [4]

Description

The county seat for Clay county is Clay Center. The county was named after Henry Clay, a famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century.[5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places [6]

Cities
  • Clay Center
  • Edgar
  • Fairfield
  • Harvard
  • Sutton
Villages
  • Deweese
  • Glenvil
  • Ong
  • Saronville
  • Trumbull (partial)
Census-designated place
  • Inland
Unincorporated communities
  • Eldorado
  • Verona
Townships
  • Edgar
  • Eldorado
  • Fairfield
  • Glenvil
  • Harvard
  • Inland
  • Leicester
  • Lewis
  • Logan
  • Lone Tree
  • Lynn
  • Marshall
  • School Creek
  • Sheridan
  • Spring Ranch
  • Sutton

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
Nebraska Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 165
1870 54 −67.3%
1880 11,294 20814.8%
1890 16,310 44.4%
1900 15,735 −3.5%
1910 15,629 −0.7%
1920 14,486 −7.3%
1930 13,571 −6.3%
1940 10,445 −23.0%
1950 8,700 −16.7%
1960 8,717 0.2%
1970 8,266 −5.2%
1980 8,106 −1.9%
1990 7,213 −11.0%
2000 7,039 −2.4%
2010 6,542 −7.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
State Census Records
Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

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

Church

Church records 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 Nebraska denominations, view the Nebraska Church Records wiki page.

Court

Land

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


For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Clay County, Nebraska 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 Nebraska Local Histories.

  • History of the State of Nebraska. Cutler, William. 1882. Chicago, IL.: The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor. Available online at:

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

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

Military

Revolutionary War
Civil War
WWI

Newspapers

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Probate

In most counties in Nebraska, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Nebraska - Clay - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Nebraska tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

County, Township and City Societies

Libraries

  • Clay Center Public Library
    117 W Edgar St
    Clay Center, NE 68933-1427
    Phone: 402-762-3861
    Fax: 402-762-3861 (call first)
    Email: claycenterlibrary@gmail.com
    Library Director: Cheryl Green

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. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 452-465. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. 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.
  3. Kansas Collection Books
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/clay/ accessed 09/29/2016
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Clay County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).