Our Mission


This Society has been formed and incorporated for educational purposes to encourage research and foster understanding of the genealogy and history of all branches of the Clay family. This includes activities that support the study of genealogy, family history, regional history, and in particular the origin of families surnamed Clay, without regard to variant spellings of the name.

How We Got Here


In 1999 a group of Clay family researchers formed the Clay Family Gathering to help researchers gain further knowledge of the Clay Family. At our first group meeting in Williamsburg, Va. in 2001, it was decided to form a Clay Family Society to band together for further research of Clay, Claye, Klee, del la Cley, all spelling variants of the name world wide. By the end of 2018, we have identified a dozen “top of the line” Clays who appear unrelated to each other. You are all invited to join with us to share your family and perhaps help close the link to and from our individual branches of the Clay “family.” We are always looking for those pieces of the puzzle that might help tell us from where our ancestors came, and who they were!

What We Do

Our goal is to join forces to research, learn, teach about, and preserve the history of the Clay families world wide, for our and future generations. We invite you to become an active part of this web site, share your family and your photos, tell us your stories, let’s become acquainted though our history, maybe we can help others get through their brick walls. Once you begin researching cousins, you will be amazed at what you find.

Through these pages we hope to bring you a little insight that may give you a clue where to look next for your family.

As an organization we meet every other year to share research, visit historical Clay family sites, cemeteries, research facilities, libraries and any place we can gain a better knowledge of our families, where and how they lived and those connected to them through marriages, business, or neighbors. 

We invite you to join us, let us know about your family, where they lived, what they did, where they are buried. Enjoy reading our newsletters, gatherings, articles (Potsherds), and other items on these pages.

Join US: We’ve Researched a Lot of Clays

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