Clay County, Illinois Genealogy Guide

Clay County, Illinois (Map It) was created on December 23, 1824 from Crawford County, Fayette County and Wayne County. Clay County was named for Henry Clay (1777–1852), Kentucky legislator who negotiated the Missouri Compromise. Learn More About State of Illinois History

Clay County is bordered by   Jasper County (northeast), Richland County (east), Wayne County (south), Marion County (west), Fayette County (northwest), Effingham County (northwest)

Clay County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Flora, Clay City, Iola, Louisville, Sailor Springs, Xenia.

Clay County Townships include  Larkinsburg, Harter, Hoosier, Bible Grove, Blair, Clay City, Pixley, Oskaloosa, Louisville, Stanford, Songer, Xenia. View the Clay Federal Township Plats of Illinois from 1804-1891.

A Clay County, Illinois General Highway Maps includes County, City and Township maps which contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Clay County, Illinois Courthouse Records

Clay County, Illinois Courthouse
Clay County, IL Courthouse

The Clay County Courthouse is located in Louisville, Illinois. Learn More About State of Illinois Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Clay county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Clay County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds has Marriage Records from 1825, Birth & Death Records from 1877 and Land Records from 1825. The County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
  • Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Probate Records from 1827 and Court Records from 1825. The County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
  • Clay County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • Local Government Records Database provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system

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Clay County, Illinois Vital Records

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