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Shelby County, Indiana Facts

Shelby County

When was Shelby County, IN Created?
Shelby County was established on April 1, 1822 from Delaware New Purchase.

What is the County Seat of Shelby County, IN?
The County Seat is located in Shelbyville also, the county government website is www.co.shelby.in.us/ .

What counties are adjacent to Shelby County, IN?
Bordering Counties are  Hancock County, Rush County, Decatur County, Bartholomew County, Johnson County, Marion County.


Shelby County, IN Vital Records

Where can find Shelby County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Shelby County vital records can be found at the Indiana Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Indiana 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 Indiana Birth Certificate or Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Shelby County Department of Health, 1600 E, St. Road 44, #B, Shelbyville, IN 46176-1844 ; Phone: 317-392-6470 ; maintains and provides Certified Birth and Death Records. They have Birth & Death Records from 1882.


Shelby County, IN Census Records

What Shelby County, IN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Adams 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 Indiana Census Records Research Guide


Shelby County, IN Courthouse and Government Records


Shelby County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Shelby County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Shelby County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Indiana courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Indiana residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Shelby County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Indiana Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Shelby County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Shelby County Clerk
    • Address: 407 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176
    • Phone: 317-392-6320
    • Marriage Records: 1822
    • Probate Records: 1822
    • Court Records: 1822
  • Shelby County Recorder
    • Address: 25 W. Polk St. Room 101, Shelbyville, IN 46176
    • Phone: 317-392-6370
    • Land Records: 1822
  • BLM Land Records

Shelby County, IN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Shelby County, IN?
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. IN Cemeteries & Church Records

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Shelby Co. IN Military Records

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