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Clay County, Kentucky
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Clay County, Kentucky Facts

When was Clay County, KY Created?
Clay County was created on April 1, 1807 from Madison CountyFloyd County and Knox County.

What is the County Seat of Clay County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Manchester additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Owsley CountyPerry CountyLeslie CountyBell CountyKnox CountyLaurel CountyJackson County.

Clay County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 – present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky 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 you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.

Clay County, KY Census Records

What Clay County, KY 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 18101820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Clay Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 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 Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Clay County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Clay County Courthouse

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 Kentucky courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Kentucky 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 Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Clay County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

  • Kentucky Genealogy Network Community (
  • Kentucky State Genealogy Network (
  • Clay County, Kentucky Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Clay County
  • Clay County, Kentucky Genealogy Forum (
  • KYCLAY. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Clay County, Kentucky. Interested individuals may want to check out the Clay County KYGenWeb site. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • EASTERNKENTUCKY. A mailing list for all researchers who’s ancestors settled in or traveled through the state of Kentucky. Some of the counties covered are Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliot, Estill, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rowan, Whitley, Wolfe, and adjacent counties that represent the East Kentucky Coalfields. Additional information can be found on the East Kentucky Genealogy website. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • JACKSON-CLAY-OVERTON-CO-TN. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Jackson, Clay, and/or Overton Counties, Tennessee as well as Smith County, Tennessee which was the parent county and bordering Monroe County, Kentucky. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • SE-KENTUCKY. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Kentucky counties that border Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia, and surrounding south eastern Kentucky counties (i.e., Whitley, Knox, Bell, Harlan, Clay, Leslie, Perry, Letcher, Knott, Breathitt, Pike, Floyd, Martin, Johnson, Morgan, Lawrence). To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • southeasternkentuckyroots. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Perry County, Kentucky, cemeteries and southeastern Kentucky genealogy (e.g., Perry, Knott, Clay, and Clark Counties). You can subscribe from or by sending the following to southeasternkentuckyroots-subscribe@yahoogroup subscribe

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clay County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Clay Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clay Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Clay Co. KY General and History Websites

Clay Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clay Co. KY Military Records