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Shelby County Alabama History and Profile:

Shelby County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama and is named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky. The county seat of Shelby County is Columbiana. As of 2009 U.S. Census estimated the population was 192,503. Shelby County ranks among the 100 highest-income counties in the United States. Shelby County’s growth has accompanied the decline of Birmingham and Jefferson County. The county’s newspaper is the Shelby County Reporter.

Shelby County was established on February 7, 1818, and named for Governor Isaac Shelby (1750–1826), of Kentucky.

Shelby County is home to Oak Mountain State Park, the Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area, and American Village.

Source: Wikipedia.

Cities and Towns of Shelby County, Alabama:

* Alabaster
* Birmingham (part of Birmingham is in Jefferson County)
* Calera (part of Calera is in Chilton County)
* Chelsea
* Childersburg (part of Childersburg is in Talladega County)
* Columbiana
* Harpersville
* Helena (part of Helena is in Jefferson County)
* Hoover (part of Hoover is in Jefferson County)
* Indian Springs Village
* Inverness
* Lake Purdy
* Leeds (part of Leeds is in Jefferson County and in St. Clair County)
* Meadowbrook
* Montevallo
* Pelham
* Saginaw
* Shelby (east of Calera)
* Sterrett (northwest of Vincent)
* Vandiver (northeast of Chelsea)
* Vincent (part of Vincent is in St. Clair County and in Talladega County)
* Westover
* Wilsonville
* Wilton

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Shelby County Government

Shelby County Alabama Government – Official Site

Albert L. Scott Library
100 9th Street Nw
Alabaster, AL 35007

Calera Public Library
1241 17th Avenue
Calera, AL 35040

Chelsea Public Library
16623 Highway 280
Chelsea, AL 35043

Columbiana Public Library
50 Lester Street
Columbiana, AL 35051

Harrison Regional Library System
50 Lester Street
Columbiana, AL 35051

Helena Public Library
230 Tucker Road
Helena, AL 35080

North Shelby Library
5521 Cahaba Valley Road
Birmingham, AL 35242

Parnell Memorial Library
845 Valley Street
Montevallo, AL 35115

Pelham Public Library
3160 Pelham Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124

Wilsonville Public Library
Main Street P.O. Box 24
Wilsonville, AL 35186

Vincent McGraw Library
42860 Highway 25
Vincent, AL 35115
Phone 672-2749
FAX 672-2749
Mon & Thurs 12-6
Tues & Wed 10-4
Sat 8-12

Shelby County Historic Places

Alabama Girls’ Industrial School
Calera Downtown Historic District
Chancellor House
Columbiana City Hall
Helena Historic District
King House
McKibbon House
Old Rock House

Shelby County Genealogy Resources

Shelby County Alabama USGenweb Site

Shelby County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Shelby County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger however. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.

Census

1850 Federal Census Index & Transcription

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Mortality Schedule

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Shelby County

Shelby County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

Shelby County, AL at
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News Related to Shelby County, AL

“Shelby County” al – Google News

3 killed in separate weekend crashes including overturned ATV in Shelby County – al.com (blog)

3 killed in separate weekend crashes including overturned ATV in Shelby County
al.com (blog)
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – At least three people were killed in unrelated crashes over the weekend in Jefferson, Shelby and Blount counties. In Jefferson County, one man was killed and two other people injured in a crash early Sunday in Jefferson County.
Shelby County man killed in ATV accidentCBS42
ATV accident kills one person in Shelby CountyMyFoxAL
Weekend ATV crash kills Columbiana manAlabaster Reporter

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Shelby County agency identifies 79 homes, businesses with flood damage – al.com (blog)

Shelby County agency identifies 79 homes, businesses with flood damage
al.com (blog)
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama — The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency has identified 79 homes and businesses with structural damage caused by the flooding that occurred April 7. "There were basically about four areas of the county that we …




Alabama Power has plans to grow industrial park in Shelby County – al.com (blog)

Alabama Power has plans to grow industrial park in Shelby County
al.com (blog)
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama — Alabama Power wants to expand the boundaries of its industrial park in Shelby County to encompass adjacent property the company owns and meet future growth needs. The company is requesting approval from the Shelby …
Alabama Power General Services Complex in Calera seeks to expand its Shelby County Reporter

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Sterrett-Vandiver Water System increases rates in response to Shelby County’s … – al.com (blog)

Sterrett-Vandiver Water System increases rates in response to Shelby County's
al.com (blog)
NORTH SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama — The Sterrett-Vandiver Water System board on Tuesday announced its decision to raise water rates in response to Shelby County's higher consumer costs that started this month. The five-member board decided to raise …




Shelby County School District showcases achievements, progress – al.com (blog)

Shelby County School District showcases achievements, progress
al.com (blog)
SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama — With a new logo featuring the tagline "Prepared for the Journey," the Shelby County School District is quick to note some past graduates who exemplify the simple statement. The district points to its graduates including Dr.
Shelby County School District hosts Showcase of SchoolsShelby County Reporter

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Missing Shelby County boy found – al.com (blog)

Missing Shelby County boy found
al.com (blog)
Matthew David Aaron, from north Shelby County, was reported missing Tuesday night. He had last been seen at the office of Shoal Run apartments, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Shelby County sheriff's officials said deputies and the
Shelby sheriff's deputies announce pre-dawn safety checkpointsThe Huntsville Times – al.com (blog)
SCSO to conduct early morning checkpoints April 12-13Shelby County Reporter
Signs of Monday's flooding still visible in parts of Shelby CountyCBS42

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