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Clay County,
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Clay County, North Carolina History

When was Clay County, NC Created?
Clay County was created on February 20, 1861 from Cherokee County. This county was named for Henry Clay (1777–1852), statesman and orator who represented Kentucky in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

What is the County Seat of Clay County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Hayesville also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Macon County (northeast), Rabun County, Georgia (southeast), Towns County, Georgia (south), Union County, Georgia (southwest), Cherokee County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Clay County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hayesville.

Clay County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Clay County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Clay County clerk of court.

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 North Carolina Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Application to mail.

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties See Also North Carolina Vital Records Research Guide

Clay County, NC Census Records

What Clay County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 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. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide

Clay County, NC 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 pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. The County Courthouse was destroyed in 1870 by fire, some earlier records were destroyed.

Clay County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Clay County, NC?
A list of Clay County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See also a list of Statewide North Carolina Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clay County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Clay Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Clay Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clay Co. NC General and History Websites

Clay Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clay Co. NC Military Records

Clay Co. NC Schools & Directories

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