Shelby County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Shelby County Courthouse

200 San Augustine St; PO Box 1987; 

Center, TX 75935-3945

Phone: 936.598.6361 

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


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The county is named after Kentucky's First Governor Isaac Shelby (1750-1826).[1]

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

Parent County

1836--Shelby County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. County seat: Center [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

The Shelby County courthouse burned May 31, 1882 destroying all records.  [3] Tax lists were forwarded to Austin so still exist. Deed records were "reconstructed" by the county commissioners.[4]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Shelby County TXGenWeb site


  • Cemeteries Shelby County TXGenWeb site
  • Cemeteries from the Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library




Local Histories

Shelby County History from the Shelby County TXGenWeb site


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



Shelby County Today online news



Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    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.

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.


  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Unknown. Touching Three Centuries, Shelby County Historic Courthouse. [cited 2011 27 April 2011]; Available from:
  4. Unknown. Touching Three Centuries, Shelby County Historic Courthouse. [cited 2011 27 April 2011]; Available from: