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Shelby County, Indiana Genealogy

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

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Shelby County, Indiana
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Facts
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
County Website
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Historical FactsEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1822 1882 1822 1822 1822 1807
Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.
  • Parent Counties: Formed 31 December 1821 from unorganized territory.
    [2]
  • County Seat: Shelbyville [3]


DescriptionEdit

The county was named for Gen. Isaac Shelby, who defeated the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain in the Revolutionary War. Shelby then became the first Governor of Kentucky. During the War of 1812, he led the army of Kentucky into Canada, and defeated the British at the decisive Battle of the Thames in 1813. The county seat is Shelbyville and the county was organized in 1821. The County is located in the Central part of the state.[4]

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Isaac Shelby

 

Marion  • Hancock  • Rush  • Decatur  • Bartholomew  • Johnson

The county is named after Kentucky's First Governor Isaac Shelby (1750-1826).[5]

Boundary ChangesEdit

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 LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Shelby County, Indiana ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
INGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
INGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Indiana Interment
Billion Graves
See Indiana Cemeteries for more information.

Cemeteries of Shelby County, Indiana

Census RecordsEdit

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

Church RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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


Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic and religious GroupsEdit

GazetteersEdit

GenealogiesEdit

HistoryEdit

Local HistoriesEdit
  • 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 Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries , Internet Archive
  • Chadwick, Edward H. Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana. 1908. (Indiana. Evansville, Ind: Unigraphic, 1977), 977.259 H2c FHL US/CAN Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries

Land and PropertyEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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


MapsEdit

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MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Shelby County, Indiana (Source: Internet Archive)
War of 1812Edit
Civil WarEdit

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 Book, FHL Collection, Other 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 Book, FHL Collection, Other Libraries
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918Edit
World War II, 1941-1945Edit
  • Shelby County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps AccessGenealogy

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

OccupationsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

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.


Online Records


Finding More Probate RecordsEdit

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

Public RecordsEdit

School RecordsEdit
Voting RegistrationEdit

RepositoriesEdit

ArchivesEdit
County CourthouseEdit

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. [6]

Family History CentersEdit

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.

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the family history center directory.

LibrariesEdit
MuseumsEdit
SocietiesEdit

Shelby County Historical Society
52 West Broadway
Shelbyville,IN 46176
Telephone Number: 317-392-4634
E-mail: director@grovermuseum.org

Shelby County Indiana Genealogical Society
54 West Broadway Suite 10
PO Box 434
Shelbyville, IN 46176
E-mail: sarmstrongjjj@yahoo.com
Website

TaxationEdit

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 Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital RecordsEdit

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 Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Shelby County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

Birth RecordsEdit
Marriage RecordsEdit
Death RecordsEdit

Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories

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



WebsitesEdit

PlacesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Shelby County, Indiana. Page 211-218 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 208-211.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Shelby County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_County,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Shelby County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelby_County,_Indiana accessed 04/03/2017.
  5. "List of Counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  6. 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.