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Shelby County, Kentucky

Shelby County was established 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) .

Currently the Shelby County Seat is situated in Shelbyville additionally, the county government website is

Locations adjacent to Shelby County happen to be Henry County (north), Franklin County (east), Anderson County (southeast), Spencer County (southwest), Jefferson County (west), Oldham County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Shelby County comprise of 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 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.

Shelby County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 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.

Shelby County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Shelby County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Kentucky courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the dreams and frustrations of the many Kentucky citizens.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Shelby County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which may have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

Please make sure to speak to the clerk's dept to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or inquiring about information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of staff will help people in locating the materials, however it is up to the individual to do the researching.

The following facts indicates what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records are located in Shelby County. The dates stated below tend to be the first widely known records in this county.

  • 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 (

Shelby County Links

The following are 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Shelby County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Shelby Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Shelby Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Shelby Co. KY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Shelby Co. KY Census Records

Shelby Co. KY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Shelby Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Shelby Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Shelby Co. KY General and History Websites

Shelby Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Shelby Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Shelby Co. KY Military Records

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