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United States Genealogy Gotoarrow.png West Virginia Gotoarrow.png Clay County

Guide to Clay County West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Clay County, West Virginia
Map of West Virginia highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of West Virginia, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Founded March 29, 1858
County Seat Clay
Old Clay County, West Virginia Couthouse.JPG
Address Clay County Courthouse
207 Main Street
Clay, WV 25043
Phone: 304-354-3661
Clay County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Clay County, West Virginia Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1858 1858 1860 1858 1858

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has Birth Death Marriage records from 1858[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Henry Clay

The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay (1777-1852).[2]

Clay County History

Clay County, West Virginia enotes

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1858--Clay County was created 29 March 1858 from Braxton and Nicholas Counties.
County seat: Clay [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1897-98 Records are missing for both Births and Deaths.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Clay County Town Histories

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Clay County Tombstone Transcription Project
Find A Grave Clay County, West Virginia
Clay County Cemetery Listings
Funeral Homes in Clay County, West Virginia

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy census records online, see: West Virginia Census.

Church[edit | edit source]

Clay County Churches

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Clay County

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Clay County, West Virginia Map

Clay Country TrailsRus

Clay County, West Virginia

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]


- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[4]

Records are available:

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War I Clay County

Clay County Soldiers Killed in Action

Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Clay county, West Virginia Will Books 1865 - 1968
West Virginia Will Books

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Online West Virginia Tax site[edit | edit source]

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

West Virginia Vital Records: Birth, Death, Marriages . Includes marriages 1858-1969 - free.

Clay County, West Virginia Marriages

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

See also a List of West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Clay County, West Virginia Historical Society

Clay County Public Library

Family History Centers
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Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

Hands on keyboard.png Genealogy courses: Learn how to research from an expert in Fun Five Minute Genealogy Videos.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, West Virginia. Page 743 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Henry Clay," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Ronald R. Turner, 7th West Virginia Cavalry (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb; FHL Book 975.4 M2t.