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*''Wakonda, S.D. centennial, 1885-1985.'' 1985. By Warren G Kuhler. Wakonda, South Dakota : Wakonda History Committee. Online at:; {{WorldCat|12264440|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===

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


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clay County Courthouse
211 W Main Street PO Box 403
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605.677.2871

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, marriage records from 1880, land records from 1863 and burial records from 1962;
Clerk Court has probate records from 1875, court records from 1866 and divorce records from 1889[1]

Clay County, South Dakota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1862--Clay County was created 10 April 1862 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Vermillion [2]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]


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County Facts
County seat: Vermillion
Organized: April 10, 1862
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Cedar (NE)  • Dixon (NE)  • Lincoln  • Turner  • Union  • Yankton
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information

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The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay (1777-1852).[3]

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, South Dakota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online

 

Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)

 

List of Cemeteries in the County

 

See South Dakota Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Before South Dakota was a state in 1889, parts of South Dakota were included in the 1836 Iowa Territory census (also known as Wisconsin Territory), 1840 Iowa Territory census, 1850 Minnesota Territory census, and the 1860-1880 Dakota Territory censuses.[4] See links listed below.

1905, 1915, 1925, 1935, and 1945 censuses may include unique information: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation and Military Service

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about South Dakota denominations, view the South Dakota Church Records wiki page.

Lutheran

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 South Dakota Land and Property for additional information about early South Dakota 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[edit | edit source]

  • History of Clay County, South Dakota. 1976. By Herbert S. Schell. Vermillion, South Dakota : Clay County Historical Society. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Wakonda, S.D. centennial, 1885-1985. 1985. By Warren G Kuhler. Wakonda, South Dakota : Wakonda History Committee. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see South Dakota Newspapers.


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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in South Dakota, 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 South Dakota, Clay then click Probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

South Dakota tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

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]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Clay County Historical Society Inc.
15 Austin St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
E-mail: claycohistory@yahoo.com
Website

Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc.
Board of Directors and Officers
Box 87
Tabor, SD 57063
Telephone: 605-589-3494
Website
We have various old books, including a translation of a history book from the Czech language to English by our society. We have the first local newspaper on microfilm from the time it was started in 1905 until 1950. We also maintain several old log buildings in a park.

Tea Area Historical Society
27371-467th Ave.
Lennox, SD 57039
Telephone :605-368-2455
Website
Hours: By appointment
Finding Aids:Card catalog, typewritten registers/inventories

Timber Lake and Area Historical Society
Timber Lake and Area Museum
PO Box 181
Timber Lake, SD 57656
Telephone: 605-865-3553
Fax:605-865-3787
E-mail: tlmuseum@sd.value.net
Website
Holdings:Agriculture, genealogy, local history, Native Americans, religion

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Clay County, South Dakota, p.623
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. "Henry Clay," Wikipedia.
  4. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 617. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.