Resources at Clay County Genealogical Society

The Clay County Genealogical Society is located in Center Point, Indiana. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in genealogy. They have plenty of genealogy resources.

Members of the Clay County Genealogical Society receive the Clay County Researcher, a 16-page quarterly newsletter. The newsletter contains original research, excerpts from various historical records and historical newspapers, photographs, lists of recent Clay County deaths, and articles of interest pertaining to Clay County families.

The Clay County Researcher has been published quarterly since July of 1980. Back issues are available for purchase and contain a wealth of information.

Meetings of the Clay County Genealogical Society are open to the general public. The Society meets on the third Thursday of every month at 1:00 in the library at Center Point.

Some Library Holdings include:

Books: Over 2,000 books, most of which are related to genealogy or local area history. Numerous other books from other regions and states are also available.

Family Histories: Over 150 family histories that have been compiled and donated to the Society for research.

Microfilm: An extensive list of Census records and county wide newspapers on microfilm. A microfilm reader/printer is on site for use by visitors.

Cemetery Records: Members of the Society copied all the known tombstones in the cemeteries in Clay County in the 1980s. Volunteers are gradually updating the original records which are in binders and arranged according to township. Larger cemeteries have their own binders There is also a master index for the cemeteries, They also have cemetery books for sale.

Family Name Files: Over 6,000 family name files with newspaper clippings, birth and death records, marriage information as well as information about other people researching the same family. The files contain information on school, organization, and churches.

Funeral Home Files: Local funeral homes gave the Society access to some of their historical records. Information released to the public has been copied onto fire cards and arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the deceased.

Old Newspaper Clippings: Obituaries and assorted clippings have been gleaned from old Clay County newspapers. Many are from the 1800s.

Historical Newspaper Index: Beginning in 1998, The Brazil Times newspaper clippings were no longer regularly added to the Family Files. Instead, the Society has an ongoing project to index the vital records from local newspapers. Indexes are available as they are completed.

Census Records: 1870 Census (copied by hand); 1830, 1850, ’60, ’70, ’80, 1900 & 1930 Indiana Census book and indexes; Indiana 1840 & 1860 Federal Census on Microfiche; Kentucky Censuses 1790, 1800, ’10, ’20, ’30, ’50 (books); Parke County 1870 Census (book); Vigo County Census 1840, ’50, ’60 Census (book); Greene County 1850 Census (book)

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