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United States  Gotoarrow-kelly.png  Georgia  Gotoarrow-kelly.png  Clay County

Guide to Clay County Georgia genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Clay County, Georgia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Georgia
Location of Georgia in the U.S.
Founded February 16, 1854
County Seat Fort Gaines
Address Clay County Courthouse
210 S Washington
PO Box 550
Fort Gaines, GA 31751-0550
Phone: 912.768.3238
Clay County Website

Clay County Georgia Courthouse

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Clerk Superior Court has divorce and land records[1]

Clay County Georgia History

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

Parent County

1854--Clay County was created 16 February 1854 from Early and Randolph Counties.
County seat: Fort Gaines [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Clay County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Clay County Georgia Genealogy Resources





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 Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories



  Clay County Marriages 1842-1892, transcript,  Georgia Pioneers ($)

  Indexes to Clay County Marriages 1871-1877; 1877-1888 Georgia Pioneers (S)



Newspapers Extracts and Abstracts

Newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clay County, Georgia Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).

  Index to Will Book A 1852-1922 Georgia Pioneers Georgia Pioneers ($)

  Index to Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, Book A, 1859-1873 Georgia Pioneers ($)

  Index to Annual Returns 1875-1902 Georgia Pioneers ($)

  Digital Images of Clay County Wills 1852-1870. See names of Testators Georgia Pioneers


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records

  • 1854-1888 - Clay County Marriage Books A thru C Index 1854-1888. Batch M712511 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1889-1929 - Clay County Marriage Books D and E Index 1889-1929. Batch M712512 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1859-60, 1869-70, 1879-80 - Clay County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Clay County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Clay County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Clay County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Georgia. Page 153 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. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/09/Igigeorgiaad.pdf.