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Clay County, West Virginia Facts

Clay County

When was Clay County, WV Created?
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.

What is the County Seat of Clay County, WV?
The County Seat is located in Clay and the county government website is http://www.claycountycommission.com/

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, WV?
Bordering Counties are Calhoun County (north), Braxton County (northeast), Nicholas County (southeast), Kanawha County (west), Roane County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Clay County, WV?
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, WV Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the West Virginia Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records from January 1917 to present; marriage records from 1921 to present and divorce records from 1968 to present. 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, WV Census Records

What Clay County, WV 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 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 help you with your research. See Also West Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Clay County, WV 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. Until 1863 West Virginia was part of Virginia, See Virginia for Info and links for years prior to 1863. See Also West Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Clay County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 207 Main St, Clay, WV 25403
  • Clay County Clerk has many duties which include some of the following: the issuance of marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, record births, marriages and deaths in the county, serve as the recorder of all documents, prepare and send to all heirs a Notice to Redeem and take care of publications, redemptions or recording deeds with regard to delinquent property, issue military service discharge records and probate wills and assist in administration of estates.
    • Phone: 304-587-4256
    • Birth / Death Records: 1858 (Records Missing for Births: 1897-98; Deaths: 1897-98)
    • Marriage Records: 1858
    • Land Records: 1858
    • Probate Records: 1858 
  • Clay County Clerk of Circuit Court has many responsibilities which include some of the following: Serve as the Clerk to the Circuit and Family Court, Issue mesne (during the progress of a case) process, Issue final process to enforce and execute judgements, Appoint guardian ad litem where required, Responsible for all papers filed in the office; serve as registrar, recorder and custodian for all pleadings, documents and funds pertaining to cases filed in circuit court and family court, Responsible for the administration and management of the petit and grand jury systems in the county.
    • Phone: 304-587-4256
    • Court Records: 1858 

Clay County, WV Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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