Clay County

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Clay County ILGenWeb is a free genealogical site about the history of the county. We hope you find helpful clues for your research of those who have lived in Clay County, Illinois, at any point in their history.

Please consider contributing your pieces of Clay county family history. YOUR HELP IS NEEDED. Our combined efforts can make this a great site for all who visit! You may use our Contact Form or send an email directly to me.

County Coordinator: Norma Hass

Co-Coordinator: YOU? Clay ILGenWeb needs a local co-coordinator. Are you familiar with the area? Do you have a family tree connection to the county? Are you experienced at researching in Clay County? If your answer to any one of these questions is "Yes," please volunteer to to be a Co-Coordinator.


Clay County was created in 23 Dec 1824. The original boundries were carved from Crawford, Fayette, and Wayne counties.

Clay county was named in honor of Henry Clay, a lawyer, planter, statesman, and skilled orator. "Clay’s personal magnetism made him one of America’s best-loved politicians; his elaborate scheming made him one of the most cordially hated. Through it all he displayed remarkable consistency of purpose: he was a nationalist, devoted to the economic development and political integration of the United States." A+E Networks


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