Clay County, Texas
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Clay County

Clay County was created on December 24, 1857 (organized on 1860, disorganized January 1, 1863 and reorganized 27 May 27, 1873) from Cooke County. This county was named for U.S. Senator Henry Clay from Kentucky and ninth secretary of state of the United States (1825–1829) .

The Clay County Seat is located in Henrietta also, the county government website is www.co.clay.tx.us/.

Areas bordering to Clay County are Jefferson County, Oklahoma (north), Montague County (east), Jack County (south), Wichita County (west), Archer County (west), Cotton County, Oklahoma (northwest) .

Cities and towns located in Clay County include Bellevue, Byers, Dean, Henrietta, Jolly, Petrolia.

Clay County vital records can be found at the Texas Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from 1903. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Texas 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 Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification 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 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.

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

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Clay County court, probate, and land documents as a source of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Texas courthouses and archives everywhere are the aspirations and worries of many Texas citizens.

The chances are excellent that your particular forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a number of elements of their lives in the Clay County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The following facts denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records will be in Clay County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Some early records  prior to organization on 1860 may be located in Montague County.

Records of the first organization were transferred to Montague County, where many were destroyed in a courthouse fire on 25 February 1873.

I highly recommend you get in touch with the clerk's office to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other facts prior to visiting or asking for information because of sometimes changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of workers will aid persons in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the man or women to do the research.
  • Clay County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: PO Box 548, Henrietta 76365
  • Clay County Clerk is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
    • Phone: (940) 538-4631
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1874
    • Land Records: 1830
    • Probate Records: 1873 
    • Court Records: 1873
  • Clay County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Clay County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relating to Clay County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own most liked Clay County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Clay Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Clay Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Clay Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Clay Co. TX Census Records

Clay Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Clay Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Clay Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clay Co. TX General and History Websites

Clay Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Clay Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clay Co. TX Military Records

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