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Clay County, Georgia
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Clay County, Georgia Facts

When was Clay County, GA Created?
Clay County was established on February 16, 1854 from Early County and Randolph County. The county was named in honor of Henry Clay (1777 - 1852), the Secretary of State, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and a U.S. Senator from Kentucky.

What is the County Seat of Clay County, GA?
The County Seat is located in Fort Gaines and in the current county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, GA?
Bordering Counties are  Quitman County (north), Randolph County (northeast), Calhoun County ( east), Early County (south), Henry County, AL (west), Barbour County AL (northwest).

Clay County, GA Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the Georgia Department of Health which has copies for copies of birth and death records since Jan 1919, copies of marriage since June 9, 1952 to 1996 and a Divorce records index since June 9, 1952. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Georgia 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 CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Clay County Health Department can issue Birth, Marriage and Death certificates while you wait. Contact the Clerk of Superior Court for Divorce Records and the Probate Judge for Marriage Records.

Clay County, GA Census Records

What Clay County, GA 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 County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1860. Clay County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay County Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Georgia Census Records Research Guide

Clay County, GA 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 Georgia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Clay County, GA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, GA?
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Clay County. These links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

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