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Clay County, Texas Facts

Clay County

When was Clay County, TX Created?
Allen 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) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Jefferson County, Oklahoma (north), Montague County (east), Jack County (south), Wichita County (west), Archer County (west), Cotton County, Oklahoma (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Clay County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bellevue, Byers, Dean, Henrietta, Jolly, Petrolia.


Clay County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, TX Census Records

What Clay County, TX 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 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.

Another census resource is the Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index from 1820-1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Texas Census Records Research Guide.


Clay County, TX 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 Texas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • 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
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Clay County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, TX?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clay County.

Clay Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Clay Co. TX Cemeteries & Church 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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