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Shelby County, Texas
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Shelby County, Texas Facts

Shelby County

When was Shelby County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on March 17, 1836 as one of the original 23 counties (originally named Tenehaw County, it was created on November 11, 1835 from Nacogdoches County and San Augustine County, established as a municipality by Mexico. It was renamed to Shelby on January 18, 1836 ). This county was named for Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War soldier from Tennessee and governor of Kentucky (1792–1796) (1812–1816) .

What is the County Seat of Shelby County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Center also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Shelby County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Panola County (north), De Soto Parish, Louisiana (northeast), Sabine Parish, Louisiana (east), Sabine County (south), San Augustine County (south), Nacogdoches County (southwest), Rusk County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Shelby County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Center, Huxley, Joaquin, Tenaha, Timpson.

Shelby County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Shelby County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Shelby County vital records can be found at the Texas Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from 1903. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Texas 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 Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.

Shelby County, TX Census Records

What Shelby County, TX 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 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. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860.

Another census resource is the Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index from 1820-1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Texas Census Records Research Guide.

Shelby County, TX 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 Texas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Shelby County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 1987, Center 75935
  • Shelby County Clerk is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
    • Phone: (936) 598-6361
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1882
    • Land Records: 1838
    • Probate Records: 1881 
    • Court Records: 1882
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Shelby County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Shelby Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Shelby Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Shelby Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Shelby Co. TX General and History Websites

Shelby Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Shelby Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Shelby Co. TX Military Records

Shelby Co. TX Schools & Directories

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