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Shelby County, Alabama

Shelby County was created on February 7, 1818, from former Creek Indian territory ceded in the Treaty of Fort Jackson on August 9, 1814 and from Montgomery County. This particular county was named in honor of Isaac Shelby (1750–1826), first Governor of Kentucky.

Shelbyville was the first county seat. In 1826 the town of Columbia changed its name to Columbiana and became the permanent county seat. In addition the county government website is http://www.shelbyal.com/

Locations adjacent Shelby County happen to be St. Clair County (northeast), Talladega County (east), Coosa County (southeast), Chilton County (south), Bibb County (southwest), Jefferson County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Shelby County consist of Alabaster, Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Childersburg, Columbiana, Harpersville, Helena, Hoover, Indian Springs Village, Inverness, Lake Purdy, Leeds, Meadowbrook, Montevallo, Pelham, Saginaw, Shelby, Sterrett, Vandiver, Vincent, Westover, Wilsonville, Wilton.

Shelby County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Shelby County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail.

Shelby County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Shelby Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Shelby Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Shelby Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Shelby Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Shelby County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Shelby County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Alabama Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Shelby County Courthouse and Government Records


Shelby County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Shelby County court, probate, and land documents as a source of genealogy and family history details.

Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Alabama people.


Old Shelby County Courthouse

The odds are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Shelby County court records.

Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

Shelby County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Shelby County.

Shelby Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Shelby Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Shelby Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Shelby Co. AL Census Records

Shelby Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Shelby Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Shelby Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Shelby Co. AL General and History Websites

Shelby Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Shelby Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Shelby Co. AL Military Records

Shelby Co. AL Schools & Directories

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