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Clay County, Minnesota
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Clay County, Minnesota Facts

When was Clay County, MN Created?
Clay County was founded on March 18, 1858 from Pembina County.

What is the County Seat of Clay County, MN?
The County Seat is located in Moorhead and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clay County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Norman CountyBecker CountyOtter Tail CountyWilkin CountyRichland County, North Dakota, Cass County, North Dakota.

Clay County, MN Vital Records

Where can find Clay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Clay County vital records can be found at the Minnesota Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth resords from 1900 and death records from 1908. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Minnesota 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 Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

Clay County, MN Census Records

What Clay County, MN 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 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Clay Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Clay Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890.

Clay Co. territorial and state censuses exist for the years 1849-1905.. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Minnesota Census Records Research Guide

Clay County, MN 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 Minnesota courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Minnesota 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 Minnesota Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Clay County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Clay County, MN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Clay County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is simply a list which has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Clay Co. MN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clay Co. MN Cemeteries & Church Records

Clay Co. MN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clay Co. MN General and History Websites

Clay Co. MN Immigration & Naturalization

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Clay Co. MN Military Records