Clay County, Texas Genealogy
Guide to Clay County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Clay County Courthouse
100 N Bridge Street PO Box 548
Henrietta, TX 76365-2858
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1874, probate and land records
from 1873 and court records from 1876
Clay County Histories from the Clay County TXGenweb site.
1873--Records of the first organization were transferred to Montague County, where many were destroyed in a courthouse fire on 25 February 1873.
Places / Localities
Towns and Cities: | Bellevue | Byers | Dean | Henrietta | Jolly | Petrolia |
- Clay County Cemeteries from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
- Clay County Cemeteries - USGenWeb Archives Project
- FindAGrave - Cemeteries of Clay County
- Clay County Cemeteries - Interment.net
- 1860 Federal Census - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Clay County Census Records from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
- Clay County Family Page Links from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.
The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.
- Clay County Land Records from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.'
- Original Land Owners of Texas - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Clay County Landmarks from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
Local histories are available for Clay County, Texas 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 Texas Local Histories.
Clay County Museum Memories from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
- Clay County Maps from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
- Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
- Confederate Indigent Families - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Confederate Pension Applications Index - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Clay County Military Records from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clay County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
- Clay County Newspapers from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
- Clay County Obituaries from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
- Clay County Photos from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.
1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.
Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.
See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.
- Clay County Marriages from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
- Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
- Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images
Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903
- Clay County Marriages - USGenWeb Archives Project
- Clay County Divorces - USGenWeb Archives Project
Societies and Libraries
Family History Centers
- TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Texas. Page 661 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- "Henry Clay," Wikipedia.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).