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Clay County, Kentucky
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Clay County, Kentucky Facts

When was Clay County, KY Created?
Clay County was created on April 1, 1807 from Madison County, Floyd County and Knox County. Currently the county was named in honor of Green Clay (1757–1828), Revolutionary War general and western surveyor .

What is the County Seat of Clay County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Manchester additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Owsley County (north), Perry County (northeast), Leslie County (east), Bell County (southeast), Knox County (southwest), Laurel County (west), Jackson County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Clay County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Manchester, Oneida, Burning Springs, Goose Rock.

Clay County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky 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 you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.

Clay County, KY Census Records

What Clay County, KY 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 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clay Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Clay County, KY 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 Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Clayd County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 102 Richmond Rd., Manchester, KY, 40962
    • Phone: (606) 599-0603
    • Marriage Records: 1807 
    • Land Records: 1799
    • Probate Records: 1830
  • Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Clay County Justice Center, 316 Main St., Suite 108, Manchester, KY 40962
    • Phone: (606) 598-3663
    • Court Records: 1809
  • Clay County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  •  Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
  • Clay County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Clay County USGenWeb Archives Project

Clay County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clay County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Clay Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clay Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Clay Co. KY General and History Websites

Clay Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clay Co. KY Military Records

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