Promoting & Preserving 
 The History Of Clay County Kentucky

Join The Society

The Clay County Genealogical & Historical Society is a non-profit organization totally supported by membership dues, donations, and book sales. In existence since 1984, we have more than 500 members and our members can be found in all 50 states!

Our office and research library is open to historical society members and non-members on Thursdays & Fridays from 9 am to 3 pm EST. The only exceptions are holidays and in the event of inclement weather. Volunteers are happy to assist visitors and we sell a variety of local items including more than 60 books by local authors or authors with a Clay County connection.

Yearly membership in the Historical Society is $25 (January–December). Lifetime Membership is $300. Members receive:

1. Our popular Clay County Ancestral News magazine. Published biannually, each issue contains more than 70 pages of history, photos, genealogy, etc.; 

2. Discounts on copy service and books printed by the Society;

3. Basic research and looks-ups at no cost; and,

4. Opportunities to share and connect with others interested in Clay County, its history and people.

We accept all forms of payment including credit cards and personal checks (payable to CCGHS).

Support The Society

The Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society is funded entirely by dues ($25 per year), book sales and donations. Without donations, we’d have to tighten our belts considerably. Join in the Society’s efforts in preserving and publicizing Clay County’s history. Financial contributions are always appreciated. We also solicit donations of material for our Society library and museum.

Donate by Mail:

202 Main Street
Manchester, KY 40962


The Clay County Historical Society is one of the most popular historical societies in Kentucky. Thank you for being an important part of our success.

"The Clay We Were - A Visual Journey" published by the Clay County Historical Society received the 2017 "Book of the Year" in the local history category by the publisher, Acclaim Press and also received a Kentucky History Award from the Kentucky Historical Society. What an honor it was being recognized twice for our popular book and the outstanding achievements we at the Society strive for.