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Shelby County, Ohio Facts

Shelby County

When was Shelby County, OH Created?
Shelby County was created on April 1, 1819 from Miami County. This county was named for General Isaac Shelby (1750–1826), a Revolutionary War officer and Governor of Kentucky, .

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

What counties are adjacent to Shelby County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Auglaize County (north), Logan County (east), Champaign County (southeast), Miami County (south), Darke County (west) .

Shelby County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Shelby County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Sidney, Anna, Botkins, Ft. Loramie, Jackson Center, Kettlersville, Lockington, Port Jefferson, Russia. Other communities include Houston, Kirkwood, Maplewood, Pemberton, Swanders.

What townships are in Shelby County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Clinton, Cynthian, Dinsmore, Franklin, Green, Jackson, Loramie, McLean, Orange, Perry, Salem, Turtle Creek, Van Buren, Washington.

Shelby County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Shelby County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Shelby County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio 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 Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.

The Shelby County Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present. For birth and death records prior to Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of this county.

Shelby County, OH Census Records

What Shelby County, OH 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 1820, 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 Ohio Census Records Research Guide

Shelby County, OH 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 Ohio Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Shelby County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 E. Court Street, Sidney, Ohio 45365
    • Phone: (937) 498-7226
  • Shelby County Clerk of Probate Court handles the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, birth corrections, delayed birth registrations and issues marriage licenses. The Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts, thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts
    • Phone: (937) 498-7265
    • Marriage Records: 1824 
    • Probate Records: 1825
  • Shelby County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: Shelby County Annex, Floor 2, 129 E. Court St., Sidney, OH 45365
    • Phone: 937-498-7270 or 937-498-7271
    • Land Records: 1819
  • Shelby County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for duties that include filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all court pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases. Other services provided by the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas are administering oaths, keeping naturalization records, and recording and retention of coroner records.
    • Phone: (937) 498-7230
    • Court Records: 1819
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Shelby County USGenWeb Archives Project

Shelby County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Shelby County Historical Society, PO Box 376, Sidney, OH 45365-0376; Phone: (937) 498-1653; The Shelby County Historical Society is an educational organization whose main purpose is to preserve historical resources and to promote historical awareness in Shelby County. The William A. Ross, Jr., Historical Center provides a display of artifacts from Shelby County's history as well as a totally indexed intranet research facility.
  • Botkins Historical Society, 212 E State St, Botkins, OH 45306-9763; The Botkins Historical Society focuses on the collection and preservation of artifacts and anecdotes related to the founding and development of the culture, business, and people of Botkins.
  • Fort Loramie Historical Association , PO Box 276, Fort Loramie, OH 45845-0276; Phone: (937) 295-3855; The Fort Loramie Historical Association provides a museum for exhibiting historical artifacts of the area.
  • Jackson Center Historical Society, PO Box 473, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0473; Phone: (330) 653-9817; The Jackson Center Historical Society maintains a museum that displays many artifacts from the town and local farming community.
  • Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division,  1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
  • Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Shelby County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Shelby County.

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Shelby Co. OH Military Records

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