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Clay County Alabama History and Profile:

Clay County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, famous American statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and United States Secretary of State in the 19th century. As of 2000 the population was 14,254. Its county seat is Ashland and it is a prohibition or dry county.

Clay County was established on December 7, 1866.

Clay County was created on 26 December 1866 from land taken from Randolph and Talladega Counties. Named after the statesman Henry Clay, the county seat was named after his estate called Ashland in Lexington, Kentucky. Clay County was formed as the citizens had a difficult time reaching the county seats of Wedowee in Randolph County because of the river to the east and Talladega was difficult to reach because of the intervening mountains. Even today, Clay County is the only county in Alabama to have no US Highways in its boundaries. From www.genrecords.org/alhn/clay/

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Clay County, Alabama:

* Ashland
* Lineville

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Clay County Government

Ashland City Public Library
11 2nd Avenue North
Ashland, AL 36251

Lineville Public Library
60119 Hwy. 49
Lineville, AL 36266

Clay County Historic Places

Hugo Black House

Clay County Courthouse

Clay County Genealogy Resources

Clay County Alabama USGenWeb Site

Clay County USGenWeb Archives

Clay County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Clay County Historical Society
Box 997
Ashland, AL 36251

Vital Records

Clay County Clerk
P.O. Box 187
Ashland, AL 36251
Phone: (256) 354-7888

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger howeer. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.

Census

1860 Federal Census Transcription – Selected Townships which became Clay County, Slave Schedule, Index

1870 Federal Census Transcription – Files named by township

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Files named by township Almond/Ashland districts

1900 Federal Census Index A-L surnames
1900 Federal Census Index M-Z surnames

1900 Federal Census Images

1920 Federal Census Images

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Clay County

Clay County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

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Reverend Mike Lee – The Albany Herald

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The Albany Herald
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