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Clay County, Alabama
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Clay County, Alabama Facts

When was Clay County, AL Created?
Clay County was created on Dec. 7, 1866. It was formed from Randolph County and Talladega County. This particular county was named in honor of U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky.

What is the County Seat of Clay County, AL?
The County Seat is located in Ashland and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, AL?
Bordering Counties are  Cleburne County (north), Randolph County (east), Tallapoosa County (south), Coosa County (southwest), Talladega County (west)

What cities and towns are in Clay County, AL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ashland, Lineville.

Clay County, AL Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Clay County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Clay County Health Department has Birth Records from 1920, Death records from 1920. 

Clay County, AL Census Records

What Clay County, AL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Clay County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

There are Alabama State censuses from 1820-1866. Also two Alabama Census of Confederate Soldiers for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Alabama Census Records Research Guide

Clay County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Clay County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Clay County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Clay County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Alabama Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Clay County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Clay County, AL?
A list of Clay County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Alabama Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • Clay County Historical Society, PO Box 997, Ashland, Alabama 36251
  • Ashland Public Library, 256-354-3427
  • Northeast Alabama Genealogical Society, Box 8268 , Gadsden, AL 35902; Publication: Northeast Alabama Settlers
  • ALCLAY. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Clay County, Alabama. To subscribe send "subscribe" to (mail mode) or (digest mode).
  • ALClay-Rooters. A mailing list for anyone with a historic or genealogical interest in Clay County, Alabama. Surname queries are welcome. To subscribe send the following to subscribe
  • RAN-CLAY. A mailing list for anyone who has an interest in genealogy related to Randolph County and Clay County in east-central Alabama as well as Autauga County, Bullock County, Calhoun County, Chambers County, Cherokee County, Chilton County, Cleburne County, Coosa County, Elmore County, Etowah County, Lee County, Macon County, Montgomery County, Russell County, St.Clair County, Shelby County, Talladega County and Tallapoosa County, all of which are on or near the Georgia border. Additional information can be found on the East-Central Alabama Researchers web page. To subscribe send "subscribe" to (mail mode) or (digest mode).
  • Alabama Genealogical Society, c/o Samford University Library, AGS Depository and Headquarters, 800 Lakeshore Drive, P.O. Box 2296, Birmingham, AL 35229-0001
  • Alabama Department of Archives & History, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100; Phone: (334) 242-4435

Where can I connect with other Clay County, AL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, AL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clay County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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Clay Co. AL Cemeteries & Church Records

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