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I am Darlene Anderson, Coordinator for this Clay County INGenWeb site. I hope you enjoy your visit. Please email me if you have any suggestions or contributions you would like to make.

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Photograph attributed to: By William Eccles -, Public Domain,

County Was Established

Clay County was established from Owen, Putnam, Vigo, and Sullivan counties in 1825. The county seat of Clay County is the city of Brazil, with a population of about 26,840 according to the 2010 census.

I hope you find my efforts helpful in your research of Clay County roots. I am unable to do additional research on your family as I don't live in Clay County and do not have direct access to records. I post everything I have for all to use.

Research Resources

Make sure you check the "Research Resources" section! There are books on line: A History of Clay County, Indiana and the Genealogical Society of Clay County (IN) has a very good collection of books for sale.

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"The Chosen"

We are the chosen. In each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again. To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors, "You have a wonderful family; you would be proud of us.". How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say. It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am, and why I do the things I do. It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying - I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it. It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today. It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family. It goes to deep pride that the fathers fought and some died to make and keep us a nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are they and they are the sum of who we are. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take my place in the long line of family storytellers. That is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and restore the memory or greet those who we had never known before."

by Della M. Cummings Wright; Rewritten by her granddaughter Dell Jo Ann McGinnis Johnson; Edited and Reworded by Tom Dunn, 1943."



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Many thanks to all the county coordinators for Clay County: Martha A. Crosley Graham, Betty Sellers, Fred Finkbiner, John Anderson, Linda Lang and their host of volunteer contributors.

If you would like to volunteer with me for the Clay County INGenWeb site send me an email. We need people to transcribe deeds, court records, vital records and so much more. Where you live isn't a problem with volunteering with us. This is a volunteer initiative for the Clay County INGenWeb.

Attribution: Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, and Jack E Boucher. Feederdam Bridge, State Route 59, spanning Eel River, Clay City, Clay County, IN. Clay City Clay County Indiana, 1968. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed September 30, 2017.)

Attribution: Unknown, photographer. "[National Avenue, Brazil, Indiana.]" Photograph. Brazil, IN: From Allen County Public Library's Digital Library: Identifier 00002079. (accessed 30 September 2017).

Unknown, photographer. "[Post Office, Brazil, Indiana.]" Photograph. Brazil, IN: From Allen County Public Library's Digital Library: Identifier 00002084. (accessed 30 September 2017).


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If you have questions, contributions, or problems with this site, email:

Coordinator - Darlene Anderson

State Coordinator: Lena Harper

Asst. State Coordinators: Jim Cox & Karen Zach

Questions or Comments?

If you have questions or problems with this site, email the County Coordinator. Please to not ask for specfic research on your family. I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Indiana and do not have access to additional records.