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Death Record Index
Index includes 1872 through 1980

See instructions below for the general operation of "Death Index".  Once inside, if you are having problems using "Death Index", choose "Help" from the menu for detailed information on minimum requirements, the Interactive Client, etc. (see bottom of this page for "Help" button location). 

You will be prompted to download and install the Interactive Client (ActiveX) or accept a security certificate when you first attempt to display a document.  If you have difficulty installing the Interactive Client try again using this approach (pdf).

If nothing happens after double clicking on Death Index on the screen shown below, try selecting Compatibility View from the Tools Menu or activating the Compatibility View icon.

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Search, view, magnify and print Death Record Index on-line.

Searching Death Record Index

Directions and Tips for Using Death Record Index On-line

Click on the "Death Record Index" button above; then double click on the application "Record06 - Death Index 1872 - 1980".

Tips for Using Death Record Index

The "Death Index" can be searched by entering the first letter of the last name followed by an asterisk (*), hit enter. 

     Ex:  A*

All alphabetical sections with the last name beginning with “A” will be displayedDouble click on the alphabetical section you want to view.  Records in the alphabetical section are in chronological order.  Common names (such as “Anderson”) will have their own section.  Within each common name section, you will find all possible spellings listed. 

To move from page to page within your selection, use the Previous Page and Next Page buttons, as indicated on the image of the toolbar below.


Death Record Index

It was difficult in the 1800’s to keep records and not all vital records were reported.  Sometimes people providing information did not read, write or speak English.  Those who did speak English often had accents which made communication difficult to understand and to spell.  The persons collecting the information might also have had their own language barriers.  Therefore, you should look for all possible variations of spellings.

Notice the index information is hand written.  Handwriting can be difficult to interpret when transcripts and certified copies are made.  Providing actual copies of records is not possible.  Records sometimes cross one page into a second page.  Only transcript type copies can be made.  An index is a tool used to assist in locating records.  Death index information is believed to be accurate but accuracy is not guaranteed.

If you have questions or would like to purchase a transcript of a record found in the index contact the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County.  Transcript fee information can be found under Research Holdings (scroll down the page to "Death Records").

Contact the Clay County Recorder for certified copies.  Certified copies include very limited information as required by law and a tangible interest may also be required. 

Important note:  When finished, please choose "Logout".  
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Death Index


  1. If you go into another Clay County on-line application ("Death Record Index On-line", "Marriage Record Index On-line", "Plats and Corner Certificates On-line") but continue to see the same application as you were using, "logout", close the "login" page, and then try again.

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