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Guide to '''Clay County West Virginia genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Clay County West Virginia ancestry, family history and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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| seat = [[Clay, West Virginia|Clay]]
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| building address =Clay  County Courthouse<br>207 Main Street<br>Clay, WV 25043<br>Phone: 304-354-3661<br>[http://www.claycounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx '''Clay County Website''']
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Information ===
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[[Image:Old Clay County, West Virginia Couthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px]]
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==== Clay County, West Virginia Record Dates ====
  
[http://www.claycounty.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx Clay County Courthouse]<br>207 Main Street<br>Clay, WV 25043<br>Phone: 304-354-3661 <br>  
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Clay County, West Virginia Genealogy#Land |'''Land''']]  
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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<br> <br>  
  
 
County Clerk has Birth Death Marriage records from 1858<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Clerk has Birth Death Marriage records from 1858<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, West Virginia. Page 743 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|300px|Henry Clay.JPG]]  
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[[Image:Henry Clay.JPG|thumb|right|150px|<center>Henry Clay</center>]]  
  
 
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>  
 
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>  
  
[http://www.polsci.wvu.edu/wv/Clay/clahistory.html Clay County History]  
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[http://archive.is/Jyzq Clay County History]  
  
 
[http://www.enotes.com/topic/Clay_County,_West_Virginia Clay County, West Virginia enotes]  
 
[http://www.enotes.com/topic/Clay_County,_West_Virginia Clay County, West Virginia enotes]  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1858'''--Clay County was created 29 March 1858&nbsp;from [[Braxton County, West Virginia|Braxton]] and [[Nicholas County, West Virginia|Nicholas ]]Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Clay <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1858'''--Clay County was created 29 March 1858&nbsp;from [[Braxton County, West Virginia|Braxton]] and [[Nicholas County, West Virginia|Nicholas ]]Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Clay <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Clay County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/westvirginia/wv-maps.html boundary changes].  
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For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps"] (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1897-98''' Records are missing for both Births and Deaths.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Wvclay.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Wvclay.jpg]]
 
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/clay.htm Clay County Tombstone Transcription Project]<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=3071 Find A Grave Clay County, West Virginia]<br>[http://usgwarchives.net/wv/clay/cemetery.htm Clay County Cemetery Listings]<br>[http://www.caring.com/local/funeral-homes-in-clay-county-west-virginia Funeral Homes in Clay County, West Virginia]  
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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://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=52&GScnty=3071&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|432678|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=3071 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/cemeteries.htm WVGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Clay+West+Virginia&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=West%20Virginia&county=Clay&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/wv/clay/cemetery.htm WVGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/westvirg/clay.htm WVTombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/wv/clay.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://westvirginiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 WVGravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=23055&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=35&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.caring.com/local/funeral-homes-in-clay-county-west-virginia Funeral Homes in Clay County, West Virginia]
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*[https://www.raogk.org/westvirginia-genealogy/wv-cemetery-records/ Random Acts] WV Cemetery Records Research Guide
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
{{WVcensus}}  
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{{WVcensus}}
 
 
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==== Church  ====
 
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[[[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]| ]]
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[[Image:Wvclay.jpg|right|250px|Clay County]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/westvirginia/ Maps of West Virginia (1617-1995)]
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[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/map.htm Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia]
  
 
[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Clay+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884915583457e685:0xc14e45f87f7cb942,Clay,+WV&gl=us&ei=z1qYT-PhHaOh2QWIzp22Bw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAQ Clay County, West Virginia Map]  
 
[http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&q=Clay+County,+West+Virginia&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x884915583457e685:0xc14e45f87f7cb942,Clay,+WV&gl=us&ei=z1qYT-PhHaOh2QWIzp22Bw&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAQ Clay County, West Virginia Map]  
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[http://www.trailsrus.com/westvirginia/clay-a.html Clay Country TrailsRus]  
 
[http://www.trailsrus.com/westvirginia/clay-a.html Clay Country TrailsRus]  
  
[http://www.trailsrus.com/railcoalwv/clay.html Clay County, West Virginia]  
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[http://www.trailsrus.com/railcoalwv/clay.html Clay County, West Virginia]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
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*West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
 
*West Virginia, Civil War Service {{RecordSearch|1932429|Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}}
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
 
===== World War I  =====
 
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==== Naturalization  ====
 
==== Naturalization  ====
  
West Virginia, [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909003 Naturalization Records, 1814-1991]  
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*'''1814 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1909003|West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
Clay county, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030604%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1865 - 1968]<br>West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]  
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*'''1724 - 1978''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9087 West Virginia Wills and Probate Records 1724-1978] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1756 - 1971''' {{RecordSearch|1909099|West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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Clay county, West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.familysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2F14030604%3Fcc%3D1909099 Will Books 1865 - 1968]<br>West Virginia [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1909099 Will Books]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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===== Online West Virginia Tax site  =====
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West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.
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Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.
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The search for tax information can start [http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/West-Virginia-Assessor-and-Property-Tax-Records.htm here]
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1858-1969 - free.  
 
{{WVvital}}. Includes marriages 1858-1969 - free.  
  
[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/claymar.htm Clay County, West Virginia Marriages]  
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[http://www.wvgenweb.org/clay/claymar.htm Clay County, West Virginia Marriages]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/wv-society-archive/ West Virginia Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
[http://claywvhistoricalsociety.org/home.html Clay County], West Virginia Historical Society  
 
[http://claywvhistoricalsociety.org/home.html Clay County], West Virginia Historical Society  
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Clay|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/westvirginia/clay-county/ Clay County, WV History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110408161286760143574 West Virginia Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/237878546240605/ West Virginia Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|West+Virginia%2C+Clay|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/wv Cyndi's List for West Virginia]  
 
*Clay County, West Virginia [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/clay.htm Microfilms at the Library of Virginia]  
 
*Clay County, West Virginia [http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/wv/clay.htm Microfilms at the Library of Virginia]  
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Latest revision as of 14:30, 29 October 2017

United States
West Virginia
Clay County

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


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Clay County, West Virginia
Map
Map of West Virginia highlighting Clay County
Location in the state of West Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting West Virginia
Location of West Virginia in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 29, 1858
County Seat Clay
Courthouse
Old Clay County, West Virginia Couthouse.JPG
Address Clay County Courthouse
207 Main Street
Clay, WV 25043
Phone: 304-354-3661
Clay County Website


County Information



Clay County, West Virginia Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1858 1858 1860 1858 1858

County Courthouse



County Clerk has Birth Death Marriage records from 1858[1]

History

Henry Clay

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

Clay County History

Clay County, West Virginia enotes

Parent County

1858--Clay County was created 29 March 1858 from Braxton and Nicholas Counties.
County seat: Clay [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating West Virginia county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation West Virginia County Boundary Maps" (1617-1995) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss

1897-98 Records are missing for both Births and Deaths.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Clay County Town Histories

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
WVGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
WVGenWeb Archives
WVTombstone Project
Interment
WVGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See West Virginia Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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


Church

Clay County Churches

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Clay County

Map of 1850 Virginia and West Virginia

Clay County, West Virginia Map

Clay Country TrailsRus

Clay County, West Virginia

Military

Civil War

Union

- 8th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry.[4]

Records are available:

World War I

World War I Clay County

Clay County Soldiers Killed in Action

Naturalization

Newspapers

Probate

Online Probate Records

Clay county, West Virginia Will Books 1865 - 1968
West Virginia Will Books

Taxation

Online West Virginia Tax site

West Virginia real and personal property tax records are managed by the County Assessor in each county. Land and land improvements are considered real property while mobile property is classified as personal property.

Many County Assessors offer an online searchable database, where assessment record searches can be performed by name, account number, year, or mp/parcel number. Where online records are not available, requests for records can be made to the Assessment Office in person, by phone, or in writing.

The search for tax information can start here

Vital Records

West Virginia Vital Records - Birth - Death - Marriages. See also How to order West Virginia Vital Records or order electronically online.

. Includes marriages 1858-1969 - free.

Clay County, West Virginia Marriages

Societies and Libraries

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

Clay County, West Virginia Historical Society

Clay County Public Library


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

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References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clay County, West Virginia. Page 743 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).
  4. Ronald R. Turner, 7th West Virginia Cavalry (Manassas, Va.: R.R. Turner, 1989). Digital version at Raleigh County West Virginia GenWeb; FHL Book 975.4 M2t.