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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties S|Counties S]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Shelby County'' <br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties S|Counties S]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Shelby County''
  
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Guide to '''Shelby County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
<br>{{Adoption TXGenWeb}} <br>  
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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Shelby County
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| county_map = Tx-shelby.png
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1836
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| founded date = 17 March
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| seat = Center
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| building image = TexasShelbyCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Shelby County Courthouse<br>200 San Augustine Street<br>
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PO Box 1987<br>Center, Texas 75935-3945}}
  
Adopted by [http://www.countygenweb.com/TxShelby TXGenWeb Shelby County]<br>Jane Keppler &amp; Suzanne Sowell<br>
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
 
[http://www.co.shelby.tx.us/ips/cms Shelby County Courthouse]<br> 200 San Augustine Street<br> PO Box 1987<br>Center, Texas 75935-3945<br> Phone: 936.598.6361  
 
[http://www.co.shelby.tx.us/ips/cms Shelby County Courthouse]<br> 200 San Augustine Street<br> PO Box 1987<br>Center, Texas 75935-3945<br> Phone: 936.598.6361  
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County Clerk has birth, marriage, probate, court and<br> land records from 1882, death and burial records from<br> 1903; District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Shelby County, Texas. Page 673 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Clerk has birth, marriage, probate, court and<br> land records from 1882, death and burial records from<br> 1903; District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Shelby County, Texas. Page 673 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
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'''County Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 1987<br>Center 75935<br>Phone: 936-598-6361<br>Fax: 936-598-3701
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 1953<br>Center 75935<br>Phone: 936-598-4164<br>
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==== Shelby County, Texas Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1882
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1836
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1881
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
[[Image:Isaac Shelby.JPG|thumb|right|289px|Isaac Shelby.JPG]]  
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[[Image:Isaac Shelby.JPG|thumb|right|162x162px|Isaac Shelby.JPG]]  
  
The county is named after Kentucky's First Governor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Shelby Isaac Shelby] (1750-1826).<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Texas Wikipedia</ref>  
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'''1750-1826''' The county is named after Kentucky's First Governor [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Shelby Isaac Shelby].<ref>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Texas Wikipedia</ref>  
  
This county was the scene of the Regulator-Moderator War, 1841-1844.  
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'''1841-1844''' This county was the scene of the Regulator-Moderator War.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1836--'''Shelby County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. '''County seat:''' Center <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1836--'''Shelby County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Center <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
The Shelby County courthouse burned May 31, 1882 destroying all records. &nbsp;<ref>Unknown. Touching Three Centuries, Shelby County Historic Courthouse. [cited 2011 27 April 2011]; Available from: http://www.shelbycountychamber.com/index.php?coc=courthouse.</ref>&nbsp;Tax lists were forwarded to Austin so still exist. Deed records were "reconstructed" by the county commissioners.<ref>Unknown. Touching Three Centuries, Shelby County Historic Courthouse. [cited 2011 27 April 2011]; Available from: http://www.shelbycountychamber.com/index.php?coc=courthouse.</ref>  
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'''1882''' The Shelby County courthouse burned May 31, 1882 destroying all records. &nbsp;<ref>Unknown. Touching Three Centuries, Shelby County Historic Courthouse. [cited 2011 27 April 2011]; Available from: http://www.shelbycountychamber.com/index.php?coc=courthouse.</ref>&nbsp;Tax lists were forwarded to Austin so still exist. Deed records were "reconstructed" by the county commissioners.<ref>Unknown. Touching Three Centuries, Shelby County Historic Courthouse. [cited 2011 27 April 2011]; Available from: http://www.shelbycountychamber.com/index.php?coc=courthouse.</ref>
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Shelby, Tennessee|place|disp=Tennessee}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Shelby, Timpson|place|disp=Timpson}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana|DeSoto Parish, Louisiana]]  
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[[DeSoto Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|DeSoto Parish, Louisiana]] {{•}} [[Nacogdoches County, Texas Genealogy|Nacogdoches]] {{•}} [[Panola County, Texas Genealogy|Panola]] {{•}} [[Rusk County, Texas Genealogy|Rusk]] {{•}} [[Sabine County, Texas Genealogy|Sabine]] {{•}} [[Sabine Parish, Louisiana Genealogy|Sabine Parish, Louisiana]] {{•}} [[San Augustine County, Texas Genealogy|San Augustine]]  
*[[Nacogdoches County, Texas|Nacogdoches]]  
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<center>{{TX SHELBY County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Panola County, Texas|Panola]]  
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*[[Rusk County, Texas|Rusk]]  
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*[[Sabine County, Texas|Sabine]]  
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*[[Sabine Parish, Louisiana|Sabine Parish, Louisiana]]  
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*[[San Augustine County, Texas|San Augustine]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2729 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Cemeteries%2C+Shelby+County%2C+Texas WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Shelby/ListShelby.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://www.countygenweb.com/TxShelby/cemeteries.htm Cemeteries] Shelby County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.countygenweb.com/TxShelby/cemeteries.htm Cemeteries] Shelby County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.shelbycountytexashistory.org/Shelby/Shelby8.htm Cemeteries] from the Shelby County Historical Society Museum &amp; Library
 
*[http://www.shelbycountytexashistory.org/Shelby/Shelby8.htm Cemeteries] from the Shelby County Historical Society Museum &amp; Library
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==== Census ====
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
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===== Lutheran  =====
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:*Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Shelby County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
[http://www.countygenweb.com/TxShelby/history.htm Shelby County History] from the Shelby County TXGenWeb site  
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{{TX County Histories}}
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*[http://www.countygenweb.com/TxShelby/history.htm Shelby County History] from the Shelby County TXGenWeb site
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith &amp; Trinity at [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/maps/TX/TX13map.html www.rootsweb.com]  
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[[Image:Txshelby.jpg|400px|Txshelby.jpg]]
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*'''1914''' Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith &amp; Trinity at [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/maps/TX/TX13map.html www.rootsweb.com]  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm]  
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*'''1835-1836''' [http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/muster.html Texas Muster Rolls 1835-1836] - TXGenWeb
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*'''1838 - 1900'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
  
[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm]  
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845 - 1848'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
  
[http://www.virtualwall.org/istate/istattx.htm http://www.virtualwall.org/istate/istattx.htm]
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=====Civil War=====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/muster.html http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/muster.html]  
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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=====Vietnam War=====
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*[http://www.virtualwall.org/istate/istattx.htm Vietnam Virtual Wall - Texas ]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
[http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/index.php Shelby County Today] online news  
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Shelby}}
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*[http://www.shelbycountytoday.com/index.php Shelby County Today] online news
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ]&nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch records collection''<br>''
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890-1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by Family Search and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
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*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968 - 2005]&nbsp; (index)&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.shelbycountytexashistory.org/ Shelby County Historical Society Museum &amp; Library]  
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Shelby County Historical Society<br> Museum and Genealogy Research Library<br>PO Box 1542 230 Pecan Street<br>Center, TX; 75935<br> Telephone: (936) 598-2613<br> [http://www.shelbycountytexashistory.net/ Shelby County Historical Society Museum &amp; Library]<br><br> [http://www.shelbycountytexashistory.org/ Shelby County Historical Society Museum &amp; Library] <br><br> Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society <br> 520 Austin St, PO Box 726<br> Timpson, TX 75975<br> 936-254-2966 <br> timpsgen@sbcglobal.net<br>
*[http://shelbycountyhistory.org/default.asp Shelby County Historical Society]
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=== Family History Centers  ===
  
== Web Sites  ==
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.
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== Websites  ==
  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Shelby|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.
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*{{FHL|Texas Shelby|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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Guide to Shelby County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Shelby County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded 17 March, 1836
County Seat Center
Courthouse
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Address Shelby County Courthouse
200 San Augustine Street

PO Box 1987
Center, Texas 75935-3945

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County Information

County Courthouse

Shelby County Courthouse
200 San Augustine Street
PO Box 1987
Center, Texas 75935-3945
Phone: 936.598.6361

County Clerk has birth, marriage, probate, court and
land records from 1882, death and burial records from
1903; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 1987
Center 75935
Phone: 936-598-6361
Fax: 936-598-3701

District Clerk

P.O. Box 1953
Center 75935
Phone: 936-598-4164

Shelby County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1882 1850 1836 1881


History

Isaac Shelby.JPG

1750-1826 The county is named after Kentucky's First Governor Isaac Shelby.[2]

1841-1844 This county was the scene of the Regulator-Moderator War.

Parent County

1836--Shelby County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality.

  • County seat: Center [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1882 The Shelby County courthouse burned May 31, 1882 destroying all records.  [4] Tax lists were forwarded to Austin so still exist. Deed records were "reconstructed" by the county commissioners.[5]

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

DeSoto Parish, Louisiana  • Nacogdoches  • Panola  • Rusk  • Sabine  • Sabine Parish, Louisiana  • San Augustine

Rusk CountyPanola CountyNacogdoches CountyShelby CountyAngelina CountySan Augustine CountySabine CountySabine Parish, LouisianaDeSoto Parish, LouisianaTX SHELBY 2.JPG
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Resources

Shelby County TXGenWeb site

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources
  • Cemeteries Shelby County TXGenWeb site
  • Cemeteries from the Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library

Census

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Lutheran
  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Shelby County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Shelby County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

Maps

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  • 1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at www.rootsweb.com
  • Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.

Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
Vietnam War

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Shelby County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Texas 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 Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Shelby County Historical Society
Museum and Genealogy Research Library
PO Box 1542 230 Pecan Street
Center, TX; 75935
Telephone: (936) 598-2613
Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library

Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library

Timpson Area Genealogical and Heritage Society
520 Austin St, PO Box 726
Timpson, TX 75975
936-254-2966
timpsgen@sbcglobal.net

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Shelby County, Texas. Page 673 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_Texas Wikipedia
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Unknown. Touching Three Centuries, Shelby County Historic Courthouse. [cited 2011 27 April 2011]; Available from: http://www.shelbycountychamber.com/index.php?coc=courthouse.
  5. Unknown. Touching Three Centuries, Shelby County Historic Courthouse. [cited 2011 27 April 2011]; Available from: http://www.shelbycountychamber.com/index.php?coc=courthouse.