Vital Records include birth, death and marriage records. The Clay County Recorder's Office has records from the 1870s to present. Anyone can purchase plain copies of birth, death or marriage records, but must prove "tangible interest" to obtain certified copies of birth or death records.
Marriage and death records are open to the public for viewing during regular business hours.
Birth indexes for the entire state of Minnesota (1933 - present) can be viewed on a public computer in the Clay County Recorder's Office. To obtain information about birth records prior to 1933 for Clay County births, contact the Clay County Recorder by: