History at Your Fingertips
May 16, 2013
As the grand opening of the Woodneath Library Center approaches, the increased interest in the mansion might pique ones curiosity about other Clay County landmarks and history. The Clay County Archives is a great resource for historic buildings, events, as well as genealogy. A non-profit corporation organized as a depository and research center for original Clay County Records, the Archives is located one block east of the square in Liberty at 210 East Franklin in the Frank Hughes Memorial Library building.
The Archives has Clay County circuit court records, cemetery and obituary records, census, coroner’s inquests, land deeds, land grants, family histories, school records, newspapers, and historic photos. They've helped produce a DVD on the history of Liberty, a book on John Dougherty who was involved in a great part of early Clay County history, and have just released a book called Divided Loyalties: Civil War Soldiers Buried in Clay County, which gives biographical data on the 812 Civil War soldiers buried in Clay County, as well as examining how families were divided and how some soldiers ended up fighting for both the Union and Confederate side.
Although not associated with MCPL, the Archives provides a rich resource for those interested in the history of Clay County.
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