Shelby County ILGenWeb is a free genealogical site about the history of the county. We hope you find helpful clues for your research of ancestors and relatives of the county.
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County Coordinator: Norma Hass
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Shelby county was created January 23, 1827, securing the large northern part of Fayette County. It wasn't long (1829) before big areas were lost to Macon and Tazewell counties. Then, in 1839, Christian county claimed a bit. In 1843, a small portion was claimed by Moultrie county, finalizing Shelby counties boundries.
Shelby county was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, a soldier of the Revolution and Indian wars. He commanded the Kentucky troops in the battle of Thames in the War of 1812.