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About Clay County

An area of contrasts, Clay County offers lifestyles and business settings ranging from big city sophistication to small town simplicity. The land in Clay County is beautiful. Gentle rolling hills and meadows afford panoramic views throughout the county. Clay County is over 400 square miles in size, yet 60% of the county remains undeveloped.

Clay County, Missouri is one of the major counties that comprise the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is the third most populous county in the metro. Nine percent of Greater Kansas City's population, and close to 10% of its jobs are in Clay County. In the next five years, population is expected to increase by nearly 14%.

Recreational and historical attractions are numerous within the county and include major amusement parks and exciting riverfront developments. Some of these distinct attractions include Smithville Lake, and the notorious farm home of Jesse and Frank James.

Clay County offers major advantages that are unique in all the United States. It is located in the middle of the continent, only a few hours from both geographic and population centers of the nation.

Clay County was organized on January 2, 1822, from Ray County lands, and was named for Kentucky congressman, Henry Clay.

An expanded biography of Henry Clay is available here.

To post your Queries, Biographies, Bible Records, Deeds,
Obituaries, Pensions, and Wills, please visit the Ancestry Message Board for Clay County, Missouri.

Clay County Message Board

Clay County Resources

Birth Records
Cemetery Records
County History
Family Genealogies
Historical Places
Population by Decades
S.S.D.I. - Births

Census Records
Cemetery Records (DAR)
County Lookups
Death Records
Historic Districts
Military Records
Research Helps
S.S. Death Index

NEW! Old Men of Clay County

Census Records
We're currently adding new records to the Clay County Census Records page for 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860.

There is also an extensive collection of Various Census Records, arranged alphabetically by township.

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Historical Libraries, Museums, and Societies
History of the Clay County Courthouse

Clay County Rootsweb Resource Page
MOGenWeb County Pages
MOGenWeb Clickable County Map

USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project - Clay County

USGenWeb Missouri Census Project

MOGenWeb Family Group Sheet Project
USGenWeb Family Group Sheet Project

Early Clay County Families

ODOR/ODER Family Website
submitted by
Cheryl Sears

Pictures and info on many Clay County families.
Mostly the ODER/ODOR line.

TimeTraveler's Genealogy Page
submitted by
LaRae Halsey-Brooks

Pictures and information on Clay County families

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My name is LaRae Halsey-Brooks, and my daughter,
Eireann Brooks, and I are the County Co-Coordinators
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Our Sincere THANK YOU to Terry Parcel, who did such a terrific job 
as the previous Clay County Coordinator. 
All of Terry's hard work has been preserved on these pages, 
and can be seen in many of the valuable research records...
especially all the Cemetery descriptions...just beautiful....THANKS, Terry....8-)

Clay County Co-Coordinators:
LaRae Halsey-Brooks & Eireann Brooks

This page was last updated June 2, 2023.

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