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Clay County, Arkansas

Clay County was created on March 24, 1873 and was formed from Randolph County and Greene County. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Greene changed 5 March 1885. The county was named in honor of John Clayton, a State Senator; later shortened to Clay to avoid misassociation with Powell Clayton.

Currently the Clay County Seat can be found in Corning for the Western District and Piggott for the Eastern District (the first county seat was located at Boydsville and moved to Corning in 1881) and in addition the county government website is

Areas next to Clay County happen to be Butler County, Missouri (north), Dunklin County, Missouri (east), Greene County (south), Randolph County (west), Ripley County, Missouri (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Clay County consist of Corning, Datto, Greenway, Knobel, McDougal, Nimmons, Peach Orchard, Piggott, Pollard, Rector, St. Francis, Scatterville, Success.

Clay County vital records can be obtained from the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Clay County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas 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 copies of Clay Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Clay County does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Clay Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help with your research.

Clay County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Clay County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Clay County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Clay County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Clay County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Clay County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 151 South Second Avenue, Piggott 72454 or 800 West Second, Corning 72422; 870-598-2667, unless otherwise noted. The will and deed records begin in April, 1881, and are complete to date except deed record E from March 1, 1891, to January 31, 1892. This record was burned. The following records are missing: Book E named above, the entire records of Clayton County, and the records of Clay County from December 1875, to February 29 [sic], 1893. The latter records were burned at Piggott when the courthouse was destroyed by fire.

I highly recommend you contact the clerk's office to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of from time to time changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will assist people in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the basic research.
  • Clay County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Clay county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Clay County. They are also the ex-officio Clay county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Clay county.
    • Phone: (870) 598-2524
    • Court Records:1881
    • Land Records:1881
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Clay County Clerk , as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Clay county.
    • Phone: (870) 598-2813
    • Marriage Records: 1881 
    • Probate Records:1881
  • Clay County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (870) 598-3870

Clay County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated to Clay County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Clay County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Clay Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clay Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Clay Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Clay Co. AR Census Records

Clay Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Clay Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Clay Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clay Co. AR General and History Websites

Clay Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Clay Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clay Co. AR Military Records

Clay Co. AR Schools & Directories

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