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Shelby County, Illinois
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Shelby County, Illinois Facts

When was Shelby County, IL Created?
Shelby County was established on January 23, 1827.

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

What counties are adjacent to Shelby County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Macon CountyMoultrie CountyColes CountyCumberland CountyEffingham CountyFayette CountyMontgomery CountyChristian County

Shelby County, IL Census Records

What Shelby County, IL 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 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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 Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Shelby County, IL 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 Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Illinois 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 Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Shelby County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Shelby County, IL?
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.

Shelby Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Shelby Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Shelby Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Shelby Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Shelby Co. IL General and History Websites

Shelby Co. IL Military Records