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Guide to Shelby County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded December 31, 1821
County Seat Shelbyville
Courthouse
Address Shelby County Courthouse
407 S Harrison Street
PO Box 198
Shelbyville, IN 46176-2161
Phone: 317.392.6320
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Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
1882*
1822*
1882*
1822
1822
*For earlier dates,

try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

  • Parent Counties: Formed 31 December 1821 from unorganized territory.
    [1]
  • County Seat: Shelbyville [2]


Neighboring Counties

Marion  • Hancock  • Rush  • Decatur  • Bartholomew  • Johnson

Shelby CountyFayette CountyWayne CountyHenry CountyJohnson CountyDearborn CountyRipley CountyMadison CountyHamilton CountyBrown CountyDecatur CountyFranklin CountyRandolph CountyHancock CountyRush CountyJennings CountyJackson CountyBartholomew CountyMarion CountyINShelby.JPG


The county is named after Kentucky's First Governor Isaac Shelby (1750-1826).[3]

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Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Indiana County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Indiana County Boundary Maps" (1790-1873) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Indiana Counties see: Indiana Counties with Burned Courthouses

Shelby County, Indiana Resources

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Shelby County, Indiana

Census Records

For tips on accessing Shelby County, Indiana census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church Records

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.

For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.

Finding More Church Records

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Shelby County, Indiana Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic and religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogies

History

Local Histories
  • History of Shelby County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the State of Indiana. (1974. Tucson, Arizona: Americana Unlimited.) 977.259 H2h copy 2 FHL US/CAN BookFHL Collection other libraries  INTERNET ARCHIVE

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed. See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

Finding More Land Records

Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Shelby County, Indiana Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Maps

Migration

Military Records

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Shelby County, Indiana (Source: Internet Archive)

War of 1812

Civil War

Civil War service men from Shelby County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Shelby County.

Civil War Books

  • "Military History" Chapter 5 in History of Shelby County, Indiana: from the earliest time to the present, with biographical sketches, notes, etc., together with a short history of the Northwest, the Indiana Territory, and the State of Indiana. (1974. Tucson, Arizona: Americana Unlimited.)(page 320-357 Company, Regiment, Name's),977.259 H2h copy 2 FHL US/CAN BookFHL Collectionother libraries INTERNET ARCHIVE
  • "Military History" Chapter 10 in Chadwick, Edward H. Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana. 1908. (Indiana. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1977), (page 98-122, Company, Regiment; Civil War Roll of Honor, page 112-118), 977.259 H2c FHL US/CAN BookFHL Collection other librariesFamily History Archives
  • World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
  1. Men and Women who Died in the Service of the United States and the Allied Nations in the World War 1914-1918 (Source: Genealogy Trails History Group)
  2. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Shelby County ( Ancestry. com) ($)
  • World War II, 1941-1945
  1. Shelby County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy)

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

  • Newspaper Articles about Shelby County, Indiana, Residents
  • Selected Extracts from Newspapers in Shelby County, Indiana (1866-1886) (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)

Obituaries

Occupations

Periodicals

Probate Records

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Shelby County, Indiana Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records

School Records
Voting Registration

Repositories

See also a List of Indiana Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Archives
County Courthouse

Shelby County Courthouse
407 S Harrison Street
PO Box 198
Shelbyville, IN 46176-2161
Phone: 317.392.6320

County Health Department had birth, death and burial records.
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court record.
County Auditor has land records. [4]

Family History Centers

FamilySearch Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are located all over the world. Their goal is to provide resources for family history research.

The main FamilySearch Center for Shelby County, Indiana is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the Family History Center directory.

Libraries
Museums
Societies

Taxation

Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.

Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Shelby County, Indiana Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.

Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Shelby County, Indiana County Clerk with divorce records located with the Shelby County, Indiana Clerk of Courts.

  • Indiana State Digital Archives for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Shelby County, Indiana Vital Records in online catalogs like:


Shelby County, Indiana Web Sites

Places

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Shelby County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  3. "List of Counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Shelby County, Indiana 216 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

 

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