Clay County, Indiana Genealogy

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Clay County, Indiana
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Location of Indiana in the U.S.
Founded February 12, 1825
County Seat Brazil
609 E Nation Avenue
Brazil, IN 47834-2797
Phone: 812.448.9024
Clay County Courthouse

Historical Facts

Populated Places

Boundary Changes

Neighboring Counties

Record Loss

November 1851 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Bible Records


Business Records


Census Records

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

Church Records

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and Religious Groups




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The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay (1777-1852).[1]

Local Histories

Land and Property


Military Records

Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
Civil War, 1861-1865

 Clay County Civil War Veterans

Civil War service men from Clay County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Clay County.

Civil War Book

  • "Military" Chapter 28 in Travis, William. A History of Clay County Indiana: Closing of the First Century's History of the County and Showing the Growth of Its People Institutions Industries and Wealth Vols 1 and 2. (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1981.) page 350-380 Vol.1 (regiment, company, name, also "Burial Places Of Soldiers" page 376) 977.244 H2t FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection Vol. .1 FamilySearch Books Online  Vol.2 FamilySearch Books Online   other library
Spanish American War, 1898

World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945
Korean War, 1950-1923
Vietnam War, 1961-1973

Naturalization and Citizenship


The Brazil Daily Times has obituaries and other archives back to 2003.


Probate Records

Public Records



Clay County Courthouse
609 E Nation Avenue
Brazil, IN 47834-2797
Phone: 812.448.9024

County Health Department has birth and death records.
County Clerk has marriage, divoce, probate and court records from 1851.
County Recorder has land records from 1825,
some naturalization and burial records.
The earliest civil records that were housed in the first county courthouse
were lost when the courthouse burned down in 1851.[2]


Clay County Genealogical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 56
Centerpoint, IN 47840-0056

Family History Centers

School Records


Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
  • Mariages Index (partial list) - INGenWeb
Death Records
  • Clay County Deaths (partial list) - INGenWeb
  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)

Voter Registration

Web Sites


  1. "Henry Clay," Wikipedia.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Indiana 211 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.