This page last updated on October 23, 2006
|Records of births, marriages
and deaths in Clay County date back to 1872. |
To obtain a birth record, you will need the name, date of birth, and parents' names, including the mother's maiden name. To order, contact the Clay County Recorder's Office. If you are uncertain of the exact date, call the Recorder's Office and ask if they will search for the information. Sometimes they are willing to help out with reasonable search requests.
Note: Many Clay County residents were born in Fargo hospitals. For those persons, you would obtain birth records from the North Dakota Department of Health.
Cost: $16 for certified* birth record; $13 for
non-certified birth record.
To obtain a marriage record, contact the Clay County Recorder's Office.
Note: If a marriage license was purchased in another county, the record will be in that county even if the couple was married in Clay County. So if you don't find what you're looking for, that may be the reason. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Department of Health's state marriage index will only help if the marriage occurred after 1958. If you think the marriage may have occured in Fargo, you might want to look at information on website of the Institute for Regional Studies for information about Cass County marriage records.
Cost: $9 for marriage record.
If you can't locate the individual you're researching, they may have died in another county. In that case, check the Minnesota Historical Society searchable death index. If your search is successful, you can order an uncertified* copy of a death certificate from the MNHS (see sample). For deaths not included in the database, see below.
Note: Oftentimes, people are pronounced dead at a hospital. For this region, many of the hospitals are located in Fargo, North Dakota. Death certificates for persons pronounced dead in Fargo are available at the North Dakota Department of Health.
Cost: $13 for death record.
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