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Guide to '''Clay County West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Clay County, West Virginia ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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|organized= March 29, 1858
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|county seat= Clay
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|parent county= [[Braxton County, West Virginia Genealogy|Braxton]], [[Nicholas County, West Virginia Genealogy|Nicholas]]<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Braxton County, West Virginia Genealogy|Braxton]]
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|county2= [[Calhoun County, West Virginia Genealogy|Calhoun]]
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|county3= [[Fayette County, West Virginia Genealogy|Fayette]]
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|county4= [[Kanawha County, West Virginia Genealogy|Kanawha]]
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|county5= [[Nicholas County, West Virginia Genealogy|Nicholas]]
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|county6= [[Roane County, West Virginia Genealogy|Roane]]</br><center>[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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=== Description ===
| county = Clay County
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[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|150px|<center>Henry Clay</center>]]
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| county_map = Wv-clay.png
 
| state = West Virginia
 
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| founded year = 1858
 
| founded date = March 29
 
| seat = [[Clay, West Virginia|Clay]]
 
| building image = Old Clay County, West Virginia Couthouse.JPG
 
| building address =Clay  County Courthouse<br>207 Main Street<br>Clay, WV 25043<br>Phone: 304-354-3661<br>[http://www.claycounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx '''Clay County Website''']
 
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=== County Information ===
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The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay Henry Clay] (1777-1852).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay "Henry Clay,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
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==== Clay County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{WV Courthouse Intro|Clay}}
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'''Clay  County Courthouse'''<br>207 Main Street<br>Clay, WV 25043<br>Phone: 304-354-3661<br>[http://claycounty.wv.gov/countygovernmentagencies/Pages/countyclerk.aspx Clay County Website]<br><br>
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County Clerk has birth, death, and marriage records from 1858.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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=== Clay County, West Virginia Record Dates  ===
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{{WV Record Dates Intro|Clay}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1858
<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1858
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1858
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1858
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1860
 
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| colspan="7"| <center> </center>
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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=== Record Loss ===
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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{|  
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land |'''Land''']]
 
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
 
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1858
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1858
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'''1897-98''' Records are missing for both Births and Deaths.<br><br>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1860
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1858
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1858
 
 
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{WV Boundary Changes Intro|Clay}}
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*'''1858'''--Clay County was created 29 March 1858 from [[Braxton County, West Virginia Genealogy|Braxton]] and [[Nicholas County, West Virginia Genealogy|Nicholas ]]Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Clay<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
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=== Populated Places ===
County Clerk has Birth Death Marriage records from 1858<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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{{WV Populated Places Intro|Clay}}
 
 
=== History  ===
 
 
 
[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|150px|<center>Henry Clay</center>]]
 
 
 
The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay Henry Clay] (1777-1852).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay "Henry Clay,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
 
 
 
[http://archive.is/Jyzq Clay County History]
 
 
 
[http://www.enotes.com/topic/Clay_County,_West_Virginia Clay County, West Virginia enotes]
 
 
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
 
'''1858'''--Clay County was created 29 March 1858&nbsp;from [[Braxton County, West Virginia|Braxton]] and [[Nicholas County, West Virginia|Nicholas ]]Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Clay <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
 
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
'''1897-98''' Records are missing for both Births and Deaths.
 
 
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{WV Historical Timeline Intro|Clay}}
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/townhistories.htm Clay County Town Histories]
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== Resources ==
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{{WV Resources Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{WV Bible Intro|Clay}}
  
*[[Braxton County, West Virginia Genealogy|Braxton]]
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=== Biographies  ===
*[[Calhoun County, West Virginia Genealogy|Calhoun]]
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{{WV Biographies Intro|Clay}}
*[[Fayette County, West Virginia Genealogy|Fayette]]
 
*[[Kanawha County, West Virginia Genealogy|Kanawha]]
 
*[[Nicholas County, West Virginia Genealogy|Nicholas]]
 
*[[Roane County, West Virginia Genealogy|Roane]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
<div style="width: 100%; float: left">
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{{WV Business Records Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{WV Cemeteries Intro|Clay}}
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3071&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|432678|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=3071 Findagrave.com]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/cemeteries.htm WVGenWeb]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Clay+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Clay&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/clay/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/clay.htm WVTombstone Project]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/clay.htm Interment]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Clay County, West Virginia''' online and in print</center>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://westvirginiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 WVGravestones]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3071&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/cemeteries.htm WVGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/clay/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/clay.htm WVTombstone Project]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/clay.htm Interment]
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* [http://westvirginiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 WVGravestones]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23055&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=35&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|432678|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Clay+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=3071 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Clay&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[West Virginia Cemeteries| West Virginia Cemeteries]] for more information.
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[West Virginia Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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*[http://www.caring.com/local/funeral-homes-in-clay-county-west-virginia Funeral Homes in Clay County, West Virginia]
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*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
 
*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
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=== Census Records ===
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{{WV Census Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{WV Church Intro|Clay}}
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/churches.htm Clay County Churches]
  
{{WVcensus}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{WV Court Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{WV Directories Intro|Clay}}
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/churches.htm Clay County Churches]
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{WV Emigration Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{WV Ethnic Groups Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
 
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{{WV Funeral Homes Intro|Clay}}
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://www.caring.com/local/funeral-homes-in-clay-county-west-virginia Funeral Homes in Clay County, West Virginia]
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{WV Genealogies Intro|Clay}}
  
[[Image:Wvclay.jpg|right|250px|Clay County]]
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{WV Guardianship Intro|Clay}}
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{WV Land Intro|Clay}}
  
[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia] 
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{WV Histories Intro|Clay}}
  
[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Clay+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884915583457e685:0xc14e45f87f7cb942,Clay,+WV&gl=us&ei=z1qYT-PhHaOh2QWIzp22Bw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAQ Clay County, West Virginia Map]  
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*[http://archive.is/Jyzq Clay County History]
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/townhistories.htm Clay County Town Histories]
  
[http://www.trailsrus.com/westvirginia/clay-a.html Clay Country TrailsRus]  
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{WV Maps Intro|Clay}}
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[[Image:Wvclay.jpg|right|250px|Clay County]]
  
[http://www.trailsrus.com/railcoalwv/clay.html Clay County, West Virginia]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
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*[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Clay+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884915583457e685:0xc14e45f87f7cb942,Clay,+WV&gl=us&ei=z1qYT-PhHaOh2QWIzp22Bw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAQ Clay County, West Virginia Map]
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*[http://www.trailsrus.com/westvirginia/clay-a.html Clay Country TrailsRus]
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*[http://www.trailsrus.com/railcoalwv/clay.html Clay County, West Virginia]
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{WV Migration Intro|Clay}}
  
===== Civil War  =====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{WV Military Intro|Clay}}
  
'''Union'''  
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==== Civil War ====
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{{WV Civil War Intro|Clay}}
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{{WV Civil War Regiments|Clay}}
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'''Union'''
  
 
:- [[8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry|8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]].<ref>Ronald R. Turner, ''7th West Virginia Cavalry'' (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb]; {{FHL|433287|item|disp=FHL Book 975.4 M2t}}.</ref>
 
:- [[8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry|8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry]].<ref>Ronald R. Turner, ''7th West Virginia Cavalry'' (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at [http://www.wvgenweb.org/raleigh/ Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb]; {{FHL|433287|item|disp=FHL Book 975.4 M2t}}.</ref>
  
Records are available:  
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Records are available:
  
 
*West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
 
*West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
===== World War I =====
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==== World War I ====
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{{WV World War I Intro|Clay}}
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/clww1.htm World War I Clay County]
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/clkia.htm Clay County Soldiers Killed in Action]
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/clww1.htm World War I Clay County]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{WV Naturalization Intro|Clay}}
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/clkia.htm Clay County Soldiers Killed in Action]
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*'''1814-1991''' {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at FamilySearch — index and images
  
==== Naturalization  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{WV Newspapers Intro|Clay}}
  
*'''1814 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{WV Obituaries Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{WV Other Records Intro|Clay}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{WV Periodicals Intro|Clay}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{WV Probate Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Probate  ====
 
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
  
*'''1724 - 1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1724-1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1756 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1756-1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*Clay County, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030604%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1865 - 1968]
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*West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]
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=== School Records ===
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{{WV Schools Intro|Clay}}
  
Clay county, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030604%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1865 - 1968]<br>West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{WV Tax Intro|Clay}}
  
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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.
  
===== Online West Virginia Tax site  =====
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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.
  
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.  
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
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.
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{WV Vital Intro|Clay}}
  
The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
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*[http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx West Virginia Vital Records, 1865-1969 (varies)] - Includes birth, death, and marriage.
  
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{{WV Birth Intro|Clay}}
  
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{{WV Marriage Intro|Clay}}
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/claymar.htm Clay County, West Virginia Marriages]
  
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{{WV Death Intro|Clay}}
  
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==== Divorce ====
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{{WV Divorce Intro|Clay}}
  
{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1858-1969 - free.
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{WV Research Facilities Intro|Clay}}
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/claymar.htm Clay County, West Virginia Marriages]
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=== Archives ===
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{{WV Archives Intro|Clay}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
[http://claywvhistoricalsociety.org/home.html Clay County], West Virginia Historical Society
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=== Libraries ===
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{{WV Libraries Intro|Clay}}
  
[http://clay.lib.wv.us/ Clay County Public Library]  
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*[http://clay.lib.wv.us/ Clay County Public Library]
  
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{{WV Museums Intro|Clay}}
  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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{{WV Societies Intro|Clay}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[http://claywvhistoricalsociety.org/home.html Clay County], West Virginia Historical Society
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/clay-county/ Clay County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/clay-county/ Clay County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Clay|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]  
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*Clay County, West Virginia [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/clay.htm Microfilms at the Library of Virginia]
*Clay County, West Virginia [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/clay.htm Microfilms at the Library of Virginia]  
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*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/clayfam.htm Clay County, West Virginia Families]
*[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/clayfam.htm Clay County, West Virginia Families]  
 
 
*[http://nicholaswv.org/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=52 Neal's of Clay and Nicholas Counties, West Virginia]
 
*[http://nicholaswv.org/modules/AMS/article.php?storyid=52 Neal's of Clay and Nicholas Counties, West Virginia]
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Guide to Clay County, West Virginia ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Clay
Organized: March 29, 1858
Parent County(s): Braxton, Nicholas[1]
Neighboring Counties
Braxton  • Calhoun  • Fayette  • Kanawha  • Nicholas  • Roane
See County Maps
Courthouse
Old Clay County, West Virginia Couthouse.JPG
Location Map
Wv-clay.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Henry Clay

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

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clay County Courthouse
207 Main Street
Clay, WV 25043
Phone: 304-354-3661
Clay County Website

County Clerk has birth, death, and marriage records from 1858.[3]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

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

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1858--Clay County was created 29 March 1858 from Braxton and Nicholas Counties.
  • County seat: Clay[4]

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.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Clay County, West Virginia online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See West Virginia Land and Property for additional information about early West Virginia land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section West Virginia Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Clay County

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Clay served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Clay County: Union

- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[5]

Records are available:

World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Clay County. For state-wide archival repositories, see West Virginia Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Clay County. For state-wide library facilities, see West Virginia Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Clay County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see West Virginia Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Henry Clay," Wikipedia.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), West Virginia.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. 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.