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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties C|Counties C]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Clay County'' <br>  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Guide to '''Clay County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== County Courthouse<br> ==
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[http://www.co.clay.tx.us/ips/cms Clay County Courthouse]<br> 100 N Bridge Street PO Box 548<br> Henrietta, TX 76365-2858<br> Phone: 940.538.4631 <br>
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1874, probate and land records<br> from 1873 and court records from 1876<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Texas. Page 661 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|300px]]
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The county is named after U.S. Speaker of the House [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay Henry Clay] (1777-1852).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Clay "Henry Clay,"] Wikipedia.</ref>
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[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/histories/history.htm Clay County Histories] from the Clay County TXGenweb site.
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1857--'''Clay County was created 24 December 1857 from [[Cooke County, Texas|Cooke ]]County. '''County seat:''' Henrietta <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1857--'''Clay County was created 24 December 1857 from [[Cooke County, Texas|Cooke ]]County. <br>'''County seat:''' Henrietta <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
 
The county was named for Henry Clay, statesman from Kentucky.
 
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1873--'''Records of the first organization were transferred to Montague County, where many were destroyed in a courthouse fire on 25 February 1873.  
 
'''1873--'''Records of the first organization were transferred to Montague County, where many were destroyed in a courthouse fire on 25 February 1873.  
  
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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'''Towns and Cities: '''| Bellevue | Byers | Dean | Henrietta |&nbsp;Jolly | Petrolia |
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Archer County, Texas|Archer]]  
 
*[[Archer County, Texas|Archer]]  
 
*[[Cotton County, Oklahoma|Cotton County, Oklahoma]]  
 
*[[Cotton County, Oklahoma|Cotton County, Oklahoma]]  
*[[Jack_County,_Texas|Jack]]
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*[[Jack County, Texas|Jack]]  
*[[Jefferson_County,_Oklahoma|Jefferson County, Oklahoma]]
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*[[Jefferson County, Oklahoma|Jefferson County, Oklahoma]]  
 
*[[Montague County, Texas|Montague]]  
 
*[[Montague County, Texas|Montague]]  
 
*[[Wichita County, Texas|Wichita]]
 
*[[Wichita County, Texas|Wichita]]
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church ====
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/cemeteries/index.htm Clay County Cemeteries] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
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*Clay County Cemeteries - USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=2558 FindAGrave] - &nbsp;Cemeteries of Clay County
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/clay.htm Clay County Cemeteries ]- &nbsp;Interment.net
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==== Census  ====
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{{Historical populations|type=USA
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|1860 |109
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|1870 |
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|1880 |5045
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|1890 |7503
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|1900 |9231
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|1910 |17043
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|1920 |16864
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|1930 |14545
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|1940 |12524
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|1950 |9896
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|1960 |8351
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|1970 |8079
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|1980 |9582
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|1990 |10024
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|2000 |11006
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|2010 |10752
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}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/clay/census/1860/pg0080b.txt 1860 Federal Census] - USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/census/index.htm Clay County Census Records] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
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==== Churches ====
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Families  ====
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/families/index.htm Clay County Family Page Links] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/land.htm Clay County Land Records] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.'
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/clay/land/clay.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp;- USGenWeb Archives Project
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==== Landmarks  ====
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*[http://www.txgenweb9.org/landmarks/clay.htm Clay County Landmarks] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
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[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/museum/lg_museum_memories.htm Clay County Museum Memories] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/maps/index.htm Clay County Maps] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/clay/military/civilwar/pensions/clayngt.txt Confederate Indigent Families ]- &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/clay/military/civilwar/pensions/claycsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications Index] - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/military/military.htm Clay County Military Records] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Clay}}
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/newspapers/index.htm Clay County Newspapers] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
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==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/Obits/index.htm Clay County Obituaries] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
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==== Photographs  ====
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/PHOTOS/index.htm Clay County Photos] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
==== Taxation ====
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==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
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*[http://tn-roots.com/Clay/marriages/index.htm Clay County Marriages] from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/clay/vitals/marriages/marr-1897-1900.txt Clay County Marriages] - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/clay/vitals/divorces/ Clay County Divorces] - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TEXAS GenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.
 
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193281&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Clay&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
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County Courthouse

Clay County Courthouse
100 N Bridge Street PO Box 548
Henrietta, TX 76365-2858
Phone: 940.538.4631

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1874, probate and land records
from 1873 and court records from 1876[1]

History

Henry Clay.JPG

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

Clay County Histories from the Clay County TXGenweb site.

Parent County

1857--Clay County was created 24 December 1857 from Cooke County.
County seat: Henrietta [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1873--Records of the first organization were transferred to Montague County, where many were destroyed in a courthouse fire on 25 February 1873.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Bellevue | Byers | Dean | Henrietta | Jolly | Petrolia |

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1860 109
1870
1880 5,045
1890 7,503 48.7%
1900 9,231 23.0%
1910 17,043 84.6%
1920 16,864 −1.1%
1930 14,545 −13.8%
1940 12,524 −13.9%
1950 9,896 −21.0%
1960 8,351 −15.6%
1970 8,079 −3.3%
1980 9,582 18.6%
1990 10,024 4.6%
2000 11,006 9.8%
2010 10,752 −2.3%

Churches

Court

Families

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Landmarks

Local Histories

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

Clay County Museum Memories from the Clay County TXGenWeb site.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Obituaries

Photographs

Probate

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, Texas. Page 661 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).