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Clay County, Arkansas
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Clay County, Arkansas Facts

When was Clay County, AR Created?
Clay County was established on March 24, 1873 and was formed from Randolph County and Greene County. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Greene changed 5 March 1885.

What is the County Seat of Clay County, AR?
The County has dual county seats with courthouses in Corning for the Western District and Piggott for the Eastern District (the first county seat was located at Boydsville and moved to Corning in 1881) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Butler County, Missouri, Dunklin County, Missouri, Greene CountyRandolph CountyRipley County, Missouri.

Clay County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Clay County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Clay County BirthMarriageDivorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Clay Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Clay County, AR Census Records

What Clay County, AR 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 1880 (free index)1890 (fragment)1900191019201930 and 1940.

Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Clay Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You’ll find free online and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Clay County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Clay County Courthouse in Piggott

What genealogical records can I find in the Clay County Courthouse?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Clay County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Arkansas residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets 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 procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 151 South Second Avenue, Piggott 72454 or 800 West Second, Corning 72422; 870-598-2667, unless otherwise noted.

Clay County Courthouse in Corning
  • Clay County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Phone: (870) 598-2524
    • Court Records:1881
    • Land Records:1881
  • Clay County Clerk 
    • Phone: (870) 598-2813
    • Marriage Records: 1881
    • Probate Records:1881
  • BLM Land Records

Clay County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clay County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Clay Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clay Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Clay Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clay Co. AR General and History Websites

Clay Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clay Co. AR Military Records