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Genealogy and Local History Room

The Genealogy and Local History Room is located behind the library.

58 W Hendricks St.
Shelbyville, IN 46176

317-398-8144

Use either the front or back door to enter the department. The parking lot is east of the house.

Mon - Sat: 9-5 pm
Sun closed

Genealogy and Local History Director, Judy Cheatham: 317.398.8144 or jcheatham@sscpl.lib.in.us



Genealogy classes are regularly held... for dates and times



Tracing your roots and have a question? Email us and we will respond as soon as possible... jcheatham@sscpl.lib.in.us

Genealogy Searches

Genealogy searches may be requested by phone, mail, or email jcheatham@sscpl.lib.in.us

Charges are $2 for the search, $0.15 per page for printing, and $1 for postage.

Two computers are available in this area for your genealogy search assistance. Genealogy records are available on CDs at the library or check the following resources:

Shelby County, Indiana (search Rootsweb and INShelby)
Ellis Island Immigration Records
HeritageQuest Online (We have had to discontinue this service due to funding cuts. Our apologies.)
NARA Research Room
Immigration and Naturalization Records Historical Reference Library
Genealogy HomePage
Family Search
Rootsweb
Ancestry (requires subscription or available on patron computers)
Family Tree Maker Online
Afrigeneas
Native American Genealogy
Vine (Marriages, Obituaries and Births online)

(...These are just a few of the websites catering toward ancestral searches.)

Other Reference Sources Available

Census Records (317.3)
Family Histories (929.2)
Indiana Histories (977.2)
Shelby County Histories (977.273)
Shelby County Newspapers (newspaper file) from 1853
Telephone Books
City Directories
School Yearbooks
Book on Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church History, New Palestine, IN
Bartholomew County 1850 Census Index
Military Record of all men and women serving in World War II from Shelby Co.

Other New Additions

Shelby County marriages on microfilm - 1822-1952

Marriage and Engagement announcements and pictures in books for years 1948-1974

More Obituaries in books

More Decatur Co. Books compiled by Russell Wilhoit

Kermitt Money's Shelby County Map is hanging in the hallway of the Genealogy House making it easy to see where the schools, mills, post offices, and cemetaries were located.

Photographs donated from Willard J. Day's collection have been hung. Images include: the Walkerville Bridge, the Methodist building, Major School, the Big Four Train Depot, the 1915 Shelbyville Fire Co. Ladder Wagon,... among others.

History Room News

The display case located in Judy's Room was donated in memory of Maurice Holmes.

Mr. Holmes was an avid genealogist who donated several books to the genealogy department and spent countless hours assisting others with their searches.

The display can be used by patrons to show their various collections.

Available for Purchase

Pictures of Shelby County, Bob Gordon;
Contains 82 photos scenes of Shelby County
CD:$15

School Days;
Pictures of students and activities of various Shelbyville and Shelby County Schools
Book and CD:$30
CD:$15

Student Newspapers of the Smithland School;
Book:$15

Clippings of the Black Community;
Book:$20

Yearbooks Needed

Work is in progress on completing the collection of county school yearbooks. If you have copies the History Room could purchase or that you would like to donate, call or email jcheatham@sscpl.lib.in.us

Heritage Trails

Join in the conversation about Shelby County history and ancestry at Heritage Trails gatherings. The group meets on the first Monday of every month at 6pm at the Shelbyville Genealogy and HIstory House.

No membership is required. Everyone is welcome!

Ann Miller ( President) and Pat Thom (Secretary).

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