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Shelby County, Illinois
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Shelby County, Illinois Facts

Shelby County

When was Shelby County, IL Created?
Shelby County was established on January 23, 1827 from Morgan County.. This county was named for Isaac Shelby (1750-1826), soldier in the American Revolutionary War and War of 1812, and first and fifth Governor of Kentucky.

What is the County Seat of Shelby County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Shelbyville also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Shelby County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Macon County (north), Moultrie County (northeast), Coles County (east), Cumberland County (east), Effingham County (south), Fayette County (south), Montgomery County (southwest), Christian County (west)

What cities and towns are in Shelby County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Cowden, Findlay, Herrick, Moweaqua, Oconee, Shelbyville, Sigel, Stewardson, Strasburg, Tower Hill, Windsor.

What Townships are in Shelby County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Lakewood, Holland, Herrick, Flat Branch, Big Spring, Ash Grove, Cold Spring, Clarksburg, Dry Point, Prairie, Penn, Pickaway, Okaw, Oconee, Moweaqua, Shelbyville, Sigel, Richland, Ridge, Rural, Rose, Todds Point, Tower Hill, Windsor.

Shelby County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Shelby County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Shelby County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Shelby County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Shelby County, IL Census Records

What Shelby County, IL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Shelby County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Shelby Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Shelby Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Shelby Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Shelby County, IL Courthouse and Government Records

Shelby County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Shelby County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Shelby County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Shelby County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 301 E. Main St., Shelbyville, IL 62565
  • Shelby County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 217-774-4421
    • Marriage Records: 1827
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1827
  • Shelby County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 217-774-4212
    • Probate Records: 1831
    • Court Records: 1827
  • Shelby County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Shelby County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Shelby County, IL?
A list of Shelby County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Illinois Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Shelby County, IL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Shelby County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Shelby County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

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Shelby Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Shelby Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Shelby Co. IL General and History Websites

Shelby Co. IL Military Records

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