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Clay County, Minnesota (Map It) was created on March 18, 1858 (Organized in 1872) from Pembina County. The county was named in honor of Henry Clay (1777-1852), American statesman. U.S. Senator and Congressman from Kentucky variously during the period 1806-52; U.S. Secretary of State, 1825-29; three times Speaker of the House, and three times a candidate for president. Learn More About State of Minnesota History
Clay County is bordered by Norman County (north), Becker County (east), Otter Tail County (southeast), Wilkin County (south), Richland County, North Dakota (southwest), Cass County, North Dakota (west).
Clay County Cities and Towns include Barnesville, Comstock, Dilworth, Felton, Georgetown, Glyndon, Hawley, Hitterdal, Moorhead, Sabin, Ulen.
Clay County Townships include Alliance, Barnesville, Cromwell, Eglon, Elkton, Elmwood, Felton, Flowing, Georgetown, Glyndon, Goose Prairie, Hagen, Hawley, Highland Grove, Holy Cross, Humboldt, Keene, Kragnes, Kurtz, Moland, Moorhead, Morken, Oakport, Parke, Riverton, Skree, Spring Prairie, Tansem, Ulen, Viding Townships.
A Map of Clay County, Minnesota contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Clay County, Minnesota Courthouse Records
Clay County, MN Courthouse
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. At some time Clay County was attached to Stearns County, Crow Wing County, Douglas County and Becker County for county and or judicial purposes. Some early records may be found there.
- Clay County Recorder has Birth / Death Records from 1872, Marriage Records from 1872 and Land Records from 1864. The County Recorder is responsible for all the real estate records for properties located in the County. Permanent records of deeds, mortgages and other various real estate records are recorded/filed in this office. As Local Registrar, the office protects and issues certified copies of Birth and Death records, Marriage Certificates & Military Discharge Records.
- Clay County Court Administrator has Probate Records from 1872 and Court Records from 1872. The County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
- Clay County Treasurers Office is responsible for keeping a complete accounting of all monies collected and expended by all the county departments. This includes the investing of available funds and accurately distributing the interest received. The department is also responsible for the collection of taxes and distribution to the various taxing entities within the County.
Clay County, Minnesota Census Records
- Learn More: State of Minnesota Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Census Reconstructed Records: 1835-1890
- State Population Schedules: Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Clay County, Minnesota Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Minnesota Vital Records
- Birth Records: from January 1900 to present
- Marriage Records: None Check with the Local County Registrar
- Divorce Records: None Check with the Local County Registrar
- Death Records: from January 1908 to present
- Locations: Minnesota Office of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164; (651) 201-5970
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificates Applications.
Clay County, Minnesota Resources
- State of Minnesota Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Minnesota
- Clay County Historical Society
- Barnesville Heritage Society, P.O. Box 126, 412 6 St Ne, Barnesville, MN 56514; 218-354-2364
- Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center
- Ulen Historical Museum, PO Box 182, Ulen MN 56585; Phone: 218 596-8121
- Red River Valley Genealogical Society
- Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
- Clay County, Minnesota Message Boards
- Clay County, Minnesota Genealogy Forum