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Guide to '''Clay County, Iowa ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|Image:IA_ORP.png|Iowa Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Clay County
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| founded year = 1851
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| founded date = January 15
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| seat = Spencer
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Clay County, Iowa Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Iowa Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Iowa Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Clay County, Iowa Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, Iowa Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1880
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
Clay County Courthouse<br>215 W 4th Street<br>Spencer, Iowa 51301<br>  
 
Clay County Courthouse<br>215 W 4th Street<br>Spencer, Iowa 51301<br>  
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== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1851--'''Clay County was created 15 January 1851&nbsp;from unorganized territory.&nbsp;It was attached to Woodbury County prior to organization&nbsp;15 October 1858.&nbsp;'''County seat:&nbsp;''' Spencer <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1851--'''Clay County was created 15 January 1851&nbsp;from unorganized territory.&nbsp;It was attached to Woodbury County prior to organization&nbsp;15 October 1858.&nbsp;'''County seat:&nbsp;''' Spencer <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps"] (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places/Localities  ===
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Clay, Greenville|place|disp=Greenville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Iowa, Clay, Spencer|place|disp=Spencer}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Buena Vista County, Iowa|Buena Vista]] | [[Cherokee County, Iowa|Cherokee]] | [[Dickinson County, Iowa|Dickinson]] | [[Emmet County, Iowa|Emmet]] | [[O'Brien County, Iowa|O'Brien]] | [[Osceola County, Iowa|Osceola]] | [[Palo Alto County, Iowa|Palo Alto]] | [[Pocahontas County, Iowa|Pocahontas]]  
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[[Buena Vista County, Iowa Genealogy|Buena Vista]]{{•}} [[Cherokee County, Iowa Genealogy|Cherokee]]{{•}} [[Dickinson County, Iowa Genealogy|Dickinson]]{{•}} [[Emmet County, Iowa Genealogy|Emmet]]{{•}} [[O'Brien County, Iowa Genealogy|O'Brien]]{{•}} [[Osceola County, Iowa Genealogy|Osceola]]{{•}} [[Palo Alto County, Iowa Genealogy|Palo Alto]]{{•}} [[Pocahontas County, Iowa Genealogy|Pocahontas]]  
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<center>{{IAClay County, Iowa Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=14&GScnty=567&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|465053|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=14&CScnty=567 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://iagenweb.org/clay/cem/cemetery.html IAGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Clay+Iowa&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Iowa&county=Clay&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/clay/cemetery.html IAGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/iowa/clay.html Tombstone Project]
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=== Census  ===
  
== Resources  ==
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Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative [[Iowa Census]] article.
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'''''State Census'''''
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*'''1895''' - {{RecordSearch|1803957|Iowa State Census, 1895}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|2126961|Iowa State Census, 1905}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|2240483|Iowa State Census, 1915}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|2224537|Iowa State Census. 1925}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Church  ===
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{{IA Church Intro}}
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=== Court ===
  
=== Census ===
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=== Land  ===
  
Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative [[Iowa Census]] article.
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{{IA Land Intro}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Local Histories&nbsp; ===
  
==== Court  ====
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{{IA History}}
  
==== Land  ====
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*Gillespie, Samuel. ''History of Clay County, Iowa, from its earliest settlement to 1909&nbsp;: also biographical sketches of many prominent citizens of the county as well as its illustrious dead''. Chicago, Illinois&nbsp;: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1909.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE951842 FamilySearch] (Free)
  
==== Local Histories&nbsp; ====
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=== Maps ===
  
==== Maps ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/iowa/ Old Antique Atlases &amp; Maps of Iowa]
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Military  ===
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*'''1861 - 1949''' - {{RecordSearch|2351982|Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
 
{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
 
{{wikipedia|List of online newspaper archives|List of online newspaper archives}}  
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*[http://spencerpl.newspaperarchive.com Spencer Public Library Archives, Clay County] (1884-1936)
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*[http://spencerpl.newspaperarchive.com Spencer Public Library Archives, Clay County] (1884-1936)  
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*'''''The Spencer Daily Reporter'''''. 1951-1953, 1956, 1959 Spencer, IA, USA. Online at: [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8461 Ancestry.com] ($)
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=== Probate  ===
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1758 - 1997''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9064 Iowa Wills and Probate Records 1758-1997] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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{{IA Probate Intro|Clay}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Taxation ===
  
==== Taxation  ====
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{{IA Tax Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{IA Vital Intro}}
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=====Births=====
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*'''1850-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|2527591|Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Marriages=====
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*'''1838-1934''' - {{RecordSearch|1805551|Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Deaths=====
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*'''1850-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|1674841|Iowa, Deaths and Burials 1850-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] - index
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*'''1880-1992''' - {{RecordSearch|2110820|Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index<br>
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*'''1921-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|2531337|Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/iowa/ia-society-archive/ Iowa Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Spencer Iowa Family History Center]]
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*[[Spencer Iowa Family History Center]] 1701 W 11th St., Spencer, IA 51301 United States [https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!q=1701+W+11th+St+Spencer%2C+IA+51301+&data=!4m15!2m14!1m13!1s0x878cd13964ab6b43%3A0x5c5d248e5de9a893!3m8!1m3!1d3407!2d-96.4226686!3d42.5266323!3m2!1i1393!2i890!4f13.1!4m2!3d43.1483544!4d-95.1689634 Location Map]
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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowahistory.org/search.html?q=Clay+county&btnG=Search+%C2%BB State Historical Society of Iowa]  
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "clay county" placed in search box
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| width="30%" | [http://www.iowaheritage.org/items/browse?search=clay+county&submit_search=Search+All The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "clay county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://publications.iowa.gov/cgi/search/simple?q=clay+county&_action_search=Search&_order=-byyear%2Fbytitle&basic_srchtype=ALL&_satisfyall=ALL State Library of Iowa]
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| width="20%" | Free
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| width="60%" | electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "clay county" in the search box
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| width="30%" | [http://iagenweb.org/clay/ IAGenWeb Project]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ia/clay/obits.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1821206] [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2110820][https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1805551] FamilySearch
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/IA/Clay/ RootsWeb Resources]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Clay/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ia/counties/clay/ CyndisList]  
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/iowa/clay-county/ StateofUS.com]  
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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== Web Sites  ==
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| width="30%" | {{FHL|United States, Iowa, Clay|place|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=clay+county+iowa&dblist=638&fq=s0%3A28000000&qt=facet_s0%3A WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=clay+county%2C+iowa&image.x=0&image.y=0 Allen County Public Library]
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| located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Societies_and_Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Iowa Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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*{{FHL|Iowa%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IA/Clay/ Clay County, Iowa Genealogy and Family History<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1284700224796_696" />] (Linkpendium)
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://geneabloggers.com/genealogy-blogs/ GeneaBloggers]
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| width="70%" | enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/s/iowa%20genealogy Google+]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=iowa%20genealogy&sid=0.10269487418482515 Facebook]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/ia/clay/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Clay County, IA Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.iowa.counties.clay/mb.ashx ancestry.com]  
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| width="70%" | Clay County Message Board
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== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
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Latest revision as of 19:40, 23 August 2017

United States
Iowa
Clay County

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

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Clay County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Location of Iowa in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 15, 1851
County Seat Spencer
Courthouse


County Information

Clay County, Iowa Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1880 1866 1880 1840 1858 1880?

County Courthouse

Clay County Courthouse
215 W 4th Street
Spencer, Iowa 51301

(712) 262-1081

Clay County


History

Parent County

1851--Clay County was created 15 January 1851 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Woodbury County prior to organization 15 October 1858. County seat:  Spencer [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Iowa County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Iowa County Boundary Maps" (1816-1872) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Buena Vista • Cherokee • Dickinson • Emmet • O'Brien • Osceola • Palo Alto • Pocahontas

Clay CountyPalo Alto CountyPocahontas CountyBuena Vista CountyCherokee CountyO'Brien CountyOsceola CountyDickinson CountyEmmet CountyKossuth CountyHumboldt CountyWebster CountyCalhoun CountySac CountyIda CountyWoodbury CountyPlymouth CountySioux CountyLyon CountyJackson CountyMartin CountyNobles CountyIAClay.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
IAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
IAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Iowa Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Iowa Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Iowa recorded not only the federal census but state census through out the years too. The state census contains very valuable genealogical information. Where the census information can be found, what years it was taken, mortality schedules, census substitutions and much more is discussed in the very informative Iowa Census article. State Census

Church

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Iowa Church Records.


Court

Land

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


Local Histories 

Local histories are available for Clay County, Iowa 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 Iowa Local Histories.


  • Gillespie, Samuel. History of Clay County, Iowa, from its earliest settlement to 1909 : also biographical sketches of many prominent citizens of the county as well as its illustrious dead. Chicago, Illinois : S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1909.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives


Probate

Online Probate Records

In most counties in Iowa, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Iowa - Clay - Probate records.


Taxation

Iowa tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Tax lists were usually made every year, however, there may be gaps of several years. For more information, see the wiki page Iowa Taxation.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Iowa Department of Public Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also How to order Iowa Vital Records or order electronically online.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

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

Family History Centers

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.

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records pertaining to Clay County, Iowa Genealogy
State Historical Society of Iowa Free list and links to data and "hard copy" material - results of "clay county" placed in search box
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection Free digital images from a variety of Iowa cultural institutions - results of "clay county" in the search box
State Library of Iowa Free electronic depository of documents intended for the general public produced by Iowa agencies - results of "clay county" in the search box
IAGenWeb Project Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
[1] [2][3] FamilySearch Free Births, 1880-1935; Deaths 1880-1992; Marriages, 1838-1934; all indexes
Sites that search for links pertaining to Clay County, Iowa Genealogy
RootsWeb Resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Clay County, Iowa Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch Catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
See also local libraries and Iowa Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Clay County, Iowa Genealogy
GeneaBloggers enter "Iowa" in search box to see list and links to Iowa blogs
Google+ list of groups from "iowa genealogy" search
Facebook list of groups from "Iowa Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Clay County, IA Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Clay County Message Board

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 225-231. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).