Clay County, Kentucky Genealogy

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County Courthouse

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

Parent County

1806--Clay County was created 2 December 1806 from Madison, Floyd, and Knox Counties.  
County seat: Manchester [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Alger Creekville Jacks Creek Portersburg
Ammie Deer Lick Larue Queendale
Ashers Fork Eriline Laurel Creek Sextons Creek
Barcreek Fall Rock Lincoln Shepherdtown
Benge Felty Littleton Sibert
Bernice Fogertown Manchester Sidell
Big Creek Gardner Marcum Spring Creek
Bluehole Garrard Mill Pond Spurlock
Botto Goose Rock Ogle Tanksley
Brightshade Grace Oneida Teges
Brutus Hector Panco Trixie
Burning Springs Hensley Peabody Urban
Chestnutburg Hima Pigeonroost Vine
Collins Station (hist.) Hooker Plank Wild Cat

Neighboring Counties


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:


Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of
  • Clay Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 




Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. "Henry Clay," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).