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Clayton County, Iowa
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Clayton County, Iowa Facts

When was Clayton County, IA Created?
Clayton County was established on December 21, 1837 from Dubuque County. The county was named in honor of John M. Clayton (1796–1856), a Delaware senator and the eighteenth United States Secretary of State

What is the County Seat of Clayton County, IA?
The County Seat is located in Elkader and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clayton County, IA?
Bordering Counties are Allamakee CountyCrawford County, Wisconsin, Grant County, Wisconsin, Buchanan CountyDelaware CountyDubuque CountyFayette CountyWinneshiek County..

What cities and towns are in Clayton County, IA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Clayton, Edgewood, Elkader, Farmersburg, Garber, Garnavillo, Guttenberg, Littleport, Luana, Marquette, McGregor, Millville, Monona, North Buena Vista, Osterdock, St. Olaf, Strawberry Point, Volga.

Clayton County, IA Vital Records

Where can find Clayton County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clayton County vital records can be found at the Iowa Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage and death records from July 1880. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Iowa for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Clayton County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Iowa Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDeath Certificate Application to mail.

Clayton County, IA Census Records

What Clayton County, IA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Clayton County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Clayton Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clayton Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clayton Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

Another Iowa census is the Iowa State Census Collection from 1836-1925. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Iowa Census Records Research Guide

Clayton County, IA Courthouse and Government Records

Clayton County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Clayton County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Clayton County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Iowa Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Clayton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 111 S High St, Elkader, IA 52043
    • Phone: (563) 245-2710
  • Clayton County Recorder’s Office maintains official records of documents affecting title to real estate. Every real estate transaction that takes place begins in the Recorder’s Office. One of the major duties of the office is the management of public records. As a result, accuracy and preservation of records are a must in the Recorder’s Office. In addition to real estate transactions, the Recorder’s Office issues titles and liens; records veterans discharge papers; processes passport applications; accepts marriage applications and issues the subsequent license; issues certified copies of birth, death and marriage records as well as other numerous duties.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1880
    • Marriage Records: 1865
    • Land Records: 1839
  • Clayton County Clerk of Court manages and maintains all trial court records, including pleadings, evidence and orders. The clerks of court have hundreds of administrative duties. They accept and process fines, fees and court costs owed to the state, child support checks, and civil judgments owed to litigants. They maintain a record of liens on all real estate in the county. Clerks help with involuntary hospitalization cases. They have the authority to dispose of scheduled violations which are not contested and do not require a court hearing. Clerks are also responsible for informing state and local government agencies of court orders.
    • Probate Records: 1840
    • Court Records: 1850
  • BLM Land Records

Clayton County, IA Societies and Family History Resources

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

Where can I connect with other Clayton County, IA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Clayton County, IA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clayton County. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is simply a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Clayton Co. IA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clayton Co. IA Cemeteries & Church Records

Clayton Co. IA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clayton Co. IA General and History Websites

Clayton Co. IA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clayton Co. IA Military Records

Clayton Co. IA Schools & Directories