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Clay County, Texas (Map It) was created on December 24, 1857 from Cooke County. This county was named for U.S. Senator Henry Clay from Kentucky and ninth secretary of state of the United States (1825–1829) .. Learn More About State of Texas History
Clay County Cities and Towns include Bellevue, Byers, Dean, Henrietta, Jolly, Petrolia. . A Map of Clay County, Texas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Clay County, Texas Courthouse Records
Clay County, TX 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 indicate 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. Some early records prior to organization on 1860 may be located in Montague County. Records of the first organization were transferred to Montague County, where many were destroyed in a courthouse fire on 25 February 1873.
- Clay County Clerk has Birth & Death Records from 1903, Marriage Records from 1874, Land Records from 1830, Probate Records from 1873 and Court Records from 1873. The County Clerk's office is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
- Clay County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax
Clay County, Texas Census Records
- Learn More: State of Texas Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- Texas Census Substitute Records: 1820-1890
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Clay County, Texas Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Texas Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from 1903 to present.
- Marriage Records: available from the County Clerk
- Divorce Records: available from the Clerk of District Court
- Locations: Texas Department of State Health Services
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth and Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756; (888) 963-7111 or (512) 458-7111
Clay County, Texas Resources
- Clay County Historical Society
- Clay Co. Records Available on Microfilm
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