Clay County, Indiana Genealogy Guide

Clay County, Indiana (Map It) was created on April 1, 1825 from Owen County, Putnam County, Vigo County and Sullivan County. This county was named for U.S. Speaker of the House Henry Clay. Learn More About State of Indiana History

Clay County is bordered by  Parke County (north), Putnam County (northeast), Owen County (southeast), Greene County (south), Sullivan County (southwest), Vigo County (west).

Clay County Cities and Towns include  Brazil, Carbon, Center Point, Clay City, Harmony, Knightsville, Staunton.

Clay County Townships include  Brazil, Cass, Dick Johnson, Harrison, Jackson, Lewis, Perry, Posey, Sugar Ridge, Van Buren, Washington. See Map of Clay County Townships.

Clay County, Indiana Courthouse Records

Clay County, Indiana Courthouse
Clay County, IN Courthouse

The Clay County Courthouse is located in Brazil, Indiana. Courthouse destroyed by Fire in Nov. 1851, All records lost except Recorder's records. Learn More About State of Indiana 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 has Marriage Records from 1851, Probate Records from 1873 and Court Records from ?. The County Clerk responsiblities include administering Court Records of all Court Cases, prepares the Court's permanent historical record, performs marriage ceremonies, process marriage applications and issue marriage licenses, processes and distributes documents for court cases, and keeps a record of all wills and matters of trust in probate proceedings.
  • Clay County Recorder has Land Records from 1825. The County Recorder maintains, preserves and Records Deeds, Mortgages, Assignments, Releases, Powers of Attorney, Real Estate Contracts, Annexations, Trustee Elections, Affidavits, Final Decrees, Surveys, Federal Tax Liens, Mechanics Liens, Military Discharges, Articles of Incorporation, Cemetery Deeds, Bonds, Plats, Condominiums, Firms Doing Business Under Assumed Names, Delinquent Sewer Liens, and Miscellaneous Instruments.
  • Clay County Treasurer's Office is responsible for collecting taxes. The treasurer also receives distributions of local income and other taxes that are collected by the state such as real estate tax, personal property tax, mobile home tax, state assessed tax, and the following miscellaneous taxes: auto excise tax, inheritance tax, and innkeeper's tax.
  • Clay County Department of Health has Birth & Death Records from 1881. The County Department of Health maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records.

Clay County, Indiana Census Records

Clay County, Indiana Vital Records

Clay County, Indiana Resources

Clay County, Indiana External Links

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