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Clay County, Florida Facts

Clay County

When was Clay County, FL Created?
Clay County was created on December 31, 1858 from Duval County. This county was named for Henry Clay (1777–1852), Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829 under John Quincy Adams.

What is the County Seat of Clay County, FL?
The County Seat is located in Green Cove Springs also, the county government website is www.claycountygov.com/.

What counties are adjacent to Clays County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Duval County (north), St. Johns County (east), Putnam County (south), Bradford County (west), Baker County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Clay County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights Orange Park, Penney Farms.


Clay County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the Florida Office of Vital Records which has copies of Birth & Deaths reported 1917 to present and Divorce & Marriages since June 6, 1927. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Florida for current fees and application process.

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

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Clay County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the Florida Office of Vital Records which has copies of Birth & Deaths reported 1917 to present and Divorce & Marriages since June 6, 1927. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Florida for current fees and application process.

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

Vital Records can also be found in the Clay County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.


Clay County, FL Census Records

What Clay County, FL 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 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860.

There are Florida State censuses from 1867, 1875, 1885, 1935, 1945. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Florida Census Records Research Guide


Clay County, FL 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 Florida Corthouse Records Research Guide.


Old Clay County Courthouse
  • Clay County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 698, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043 or 825 North Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
  • Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
    • Phone: (904) 284-6317 
    • Marriage Records: 1872
    • Land Records: 1871
    • Probate Records: 1859 
    • Court Records: 1859
  • Clay County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
  • Florida Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Clay County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, FL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clay County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is just a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

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