Clay County, Indiana
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Clay County

Clay County was founded on April 1, 1825 from Owen County, Putnam County, Vigo County and Sullivan County. This county was named for U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay.

The Clay County Seat is located in Brazil also, the county government website is www.claycountyin.gov/ .

Counties bordering Clay County are  Parke County (north), Putnam County (northeast), Owen County (southeast), Greene County (south), Sullivan County (southwest), Vigo County (west).

Cities, Towns & Communities located in Clay County include  Brazil, Carbon, Center Point, Clay City, Harmony, Knightsville, Staunton.

Townships located in Clay County include  Brazil, Cass, Dick Johnson, Harrison, Jackson, Lewis, Perry, Posey, Sugar Ridge, Van Buren, Washington.

Clay County vital records can be found at the Indiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Indiana 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 Indiana Birth Certificate or Death Certificate Application to mail.

Clay County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Clay County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Clay County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Clay County Courthouse and Government Records


Clay County Courthouse

Genealogist typically overlook the importance of Clay County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Indiana courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the desires and frustrations of many Indiana inhabitants.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a comprehensive record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Clay County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which may have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The below details shows what birth, death, marriage, land, wills, and legal records are typically in Clay County. The dates indicated listed below are the first widely known records for this particular county. Courthouse destroyed by Fire in Nov. 1851, All records lost except Recorder's records.

You need to speak to the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are accessible to interested parties, barring private issues. The majority of staff will assist people in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to do the research.
  • Clay County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 609 E. National Avenue, Brazil, IN 47834
  • Clay County Clerk responsiblities include administering Court Records of all Court Cases, prepares the Court's permanent historical record, performs marriage ceremonies, process marriage applications and issue marriage licenses, processes and distributes documents for court cases, and keeps a record of all wills and matters of trust in probate proceedings. The County Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  The staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
    • Phone: 812-448-9025
    • Marriage Records: 1851
    • Probate Records: 1873
    • Court Records: ?
  • Clay County Recorder maintains, preserves and Records Deeds, Mortgages, Assignments, Releases, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Contracts, Annexations, Trustee Elections, Affidavits, Final Decrees, Surveys, Federal Tax Liens, Mechanics Liens, Military Discharges, Articles of Incorporation, Cemetery Deeds, Bonds, Plats, Condominiums, Firms Doing Business Under Assumed Names, Delinquent Sewer Liens, and Miscellaneous Instruments.
    • Phone: 812-448-9005
    • Land Records: 1825
  • Clay County Treasurer's Office is responsible for collecting taxes. The treasurer also receives distributions of local income and other taxes that are collected by the state such as real estate tax, personal property tax, mobile home tax, state assessed tax, and the following miscellaneous taxes: auto excise tax, inheritance tax, and innkeeper's tax.
  • Clay County Department of Health maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records
    • Address: 1214 E. National Ave., Suite B110, Brazil, IN 47834
    • Phone: (812) 448- 9021
    • Birth & Death Records: 1881

Clay County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Clay County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own most liked Clay County genealogy or family history related sites.

Clay Co. IN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clay Co. IN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clay Co. IN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Clay Co. IN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Clay Co. IN Census Records

Clay Co. IN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Clay Co. IN Church & Bible Records

Clay Co. IN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clay Co. IN General and History Websites

Clay Co. IN Military Records

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