Circuit Court Cases (1828-1871)
The Shelby County Circuit Court Case Files include chancery, criminal and common law proceedings. These case files generally show the names of the plaintiff, defendant, judge and clerk of the court; the court dates; and usually the charge or cause of action. Documents contained in these case files include: summonses, affidavits of witnesses, subpoenas, bonds, receipts, depositions, declarations, decrees and orders of the court, jury and witness lists, indictments, warrants, writs of habeas corpus, verdicts, dismissals and transcripts of coroner's inquests.
Copies of the files found in this index may be obtained by mail or
telephone. Inquiries should be made directly to the Illinois Regional
Archives Depository (IRAD) at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
IRAD cannot accept requests by email at this time. Please contact:
Illinois Regional Archives Depository
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Probate records often include a copy of the Last Will and Testament. The probate records can tell you about property distributions as well as surviving relatives and guardianship arrangements.
If you have a Shelby County court record, please submit a copy or transcription of the document for posting on this site.