Promoting & Preserving 
The History Of Clay County Kentucky

Resources & Links

The Clay County Genealogical and Historical Society exists to collect and preserve the county’s genealogical and historical records and to help those who want to do research for whatever reason. Toward that end, we have a wide and extensive variety of resources to help visitors at our library.

Our volunteer staff includes at least two people at all times who are knowledgeable at helping the visitor find what he or she is looking for. The sheer volume of our research material can be intimidating, but our volunteers steer the researcher in the right direction in order to maximize his or her time at the office.


Our resources include, but are not limited to:

Scores of Clay County genealogies contributed by members and others from across the United States.
• Thousands of genealogy files, letters and emails regarding Clay and area county families from Jess Wilson’s library.
• Bound volumes of the Dickey Diary with index.
• Census records in book form from 1810 through 1940.
• Clay County tax lists from 1807 through 1856.
• Obituary clippings from the Manchester Enterprise from 1932 to the present.
• Marriage index from 1807 through 1923.
• A collection of missing marriage permission slips.
• Birth and death records from various sources.
• Records for more than 600 cemeteries.
• Deed abstracts from 1806 to 1923.
• Deed abstracts from books A, B, and C (1804 to 1848)
• Court order entries from 1815 to 1832 (Order book B).
• Mortgages and Wills in bound volumes
• All issues of the Clay County Ancestral News Magazine (beginning in 1985) with index.
• Military rosters of the War of 1812, Mexican War, and Civil War.
• Military pension and other records of Clay and area county soldiers from 1776.
• Over sixty published books about Clay County or by Clay County authors.
• A variety of papers, monographs, articles, and other media pertaining to Clay County history.
• Photos of Clay County people, places, and events.
• Church records of Clay and area county congregations.
• Vital statistics, genealogy, and history material of area southeast Kentucky counties in various media.
• Many years of The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society includes index.
• Many years of the Filson Club Quarterly
• Computers available to researchers with the subscription service.
• Knowledgeable volunteers to help guide your research.