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Shelby County, Kentucky Facts

When was Shelby County, KY Created?
Shelby County was created on June 23, 1792 from Jefferson County. Currently the county was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, first Governor of Kentucky (1792–1796; 1812–1816) .

What is the County Seat of Shelby County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Shelbyville additionally, the county government website is www.shelbycountykentucky.com

What counties are adjacent to Shelby County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Henry County (north), Franklin County (east), Anderson County (southeast), Spencer County (southwest), Jefferson County (west), Oldham County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Shelby County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bagdad, Chestnut Grove, Christianburg, Clark, Clay Village, Cropper, Finchville, Harrisonville, Hemp Ridge, Hooper, Mt. Eden, Mulberry, Olive Branch, Peytona, Pleasureville, Scotts Station, Shelbyville, Simpsonville, Southville, Todds Point, Waddy.


Shelby County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Shelby County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Shelby County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky 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 you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.


Shelby County, KY Census Records

What Shelby County, KY 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 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 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 acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Shelby Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Shelby Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide


Shelby County, KY 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 Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • Shelby County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 501 Washington St., Shelbyville, KY, 40066
    • Phone: (502) 633-4410
    • Marriage Records: 1792 
    • Land Records: 1792
    • Probate Records: 1794
  • Shelby County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Shelby County Judicial Center, 401 Main St., Suite 101, Shelbyville, KY 40065
    • Phone: (502) 633-1287
    • Court Records: 1804
  • Shelby County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  • Shelby County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Shelby County, Kentucky Wills: 1794-1817
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Shelby County USGenWeb Archives Project

Shelby County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Shelby Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Shelby Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Shelby Co. KY General and History Websites

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