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Clay County was established on March 29, 1858. It was created from parts of Braxton County and Nicholas County. The county was named in honor of Senator Henry Clay (1777-1852), U.S. Senator (KY) and U.S. Speaker of the House.
Cities and towns located in the county include Bentree, Bickmore, Big Otter, Bomont, Clay, Dille, Duck, Fola, Glen, Harrison, Indore, Ivydale, Lizemores, Maysel, Nebo, Ovapa, Pigeon, Procious, Valley Fork, Wallback, Widen
Clay County vital records can be found at the West Virginia Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in West Virginia 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 West Virginia Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
Clay County consists of Federal Census Schedules to aid in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 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 assist with your research.
A list of Clay County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the benefits of Clay County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Buried away in West Virginia courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the dreams and worries of many West Virginia residents.
The chances are excellent that your potential ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a few factors of their lives in the Clay County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which often can have lead to him or her to appear in court records.
The below information denotes whatever death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and legal records can be found in Clay County. The years pointed out below could be the first known documents for this particular county.
The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related to Clay County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a list which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Clay County genealogy or family history related sites.