Where to Get Genealogical Records in Shelby County, Tennessee

Death Certificates: 1902-1954
Available online
Shelby County Register
http://register.shelby.tn.us

Death Certificates: 1952-Present
Memphis and Shelby County Health Department
Office Of Vital Records
814 Jefferson Ave., Room 101- 103
Memphis, TN 38105
Death Certificate Information Line (901) 544-7691
http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/FirstPortal/dotShowDoc/dotContent/
Government/CountyServices/HealthServices/AdministrativeServices/birth_cert.htm
Death Certificates: 1848-1951
Shelby County Archives
980A Nixon Drive
Memphis, TN 38134
(901) 379-4499
email: Derrick.Mink@shelbycountytn.gov
Web site: http://register.shelby.tn.us/index.php

Death records for Memphis (1848-1913) and all of Tennessee (1908-1946) are available on microfilm in the History Department of the Central Library. An index to all Memphis and Shelby County Death Records from 1848 to 1945 is available on the library’s web site on the History and Genealogy Database page at http://tempo.memphislibrary.org/dadabik/program_files/sform.php Note: This database is temorarily offline 09-10-09

Birth Records
Memphis and Shelby County Health Department
Office Of Vital Records
814 Jefferson Ave., Room 101- 103
Memphis, TN 38105
Birth Certificate Information Line (901) 544-7605
http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/FirstPortal/dotShowDoc/dotContent/
Government/CountyServices/HealthServices/AdministrativeServices/birth_cert.htm
Marriage Records
Marriage Licenses: 2000-present
Shelby County Clerk
150 Washington St.
Memphis TN, 38103
(901) 545-4244
http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/FirstPortal/dotShowDoc/
dotContent/Government/ElectedOfficials/clerk_index.htm

Marriage Licenses: 1820-1999
Shelby County Archives
150 Washington Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 545-4356
email: archives@shelbycountytn.gov>

Marriage records for Shelby County (1820-1946) and for many other Tennessee counties are available on microfilm in the History Department of the Central Library.

Probate Records
Probate Court Records: 1900-present (wills), 1933-present (minute books), 1900-present (loose records)
Probate Court Clerk
140 Adams Ave. #124
Memphis, TN 38103
901-545-4040
http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/FirstPortal/dotShowDoc/
dotContent/Government/Courts/ProbateCourt/probate_clerk.htm

Probate Court Records: 1820-1900 (wills), 1867-1997 (minute books), 1820-1900 (loose papers)
Shelby County Archives
150 Washington Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 545-4356
email: archives@shelbycountytn.gov>

Probate minute books (1867-1900) and loose papers including wills (1820-1900) for Shelby County and for many other Tennessee counties (various dates) are available on microfilm in the History Department of the Central Library.

Local Land Records
Land Deeds: earliest-present
Shelby County Register
160 N. Main St., Room 519
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 545-4366
http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/FirstPortal/dotShowDoc/
dotContent/Government/ElectedOfficials/register_index.htm



Land Deeds: earliest-present
Shelby County Archives
150 Washington Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 545-4356
email: archives@shelbycountytn.gov

Deed records for Shelby County (earliest-1850) and deed indexes (earliest-1933) are available on microfilm in the History Department of the Central Library.

Naturalization Records
Naturalizations and Declarations of Intent:
1907-present
US Immigration Naturalization
1341 Sycamore View Rd
Memphis, TN 38134 (901) 544-3508

Naturalizations and Declarations of Intent:
1856-1906
Shelby County Archives
150 Washington Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 545-4356
email: archives@shelbycountytn.gov
 

Naturalization records for Shelby County (1856-1906) are indexed in the Tennessee Biography Index and available on microfilm in the History Department of the Central Library.

Quarterly Court/County Commission Minute Books
Shelby County Board of Commissioners Office
Suite 619, 160 N. Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Phone - (901) 545-4301
FAX - (901) 545-4283
http://www.shelbycountytn.gov/FirstPortal/dotShowDoc/
Government/ShelbyCountyCommission/index.htm

Quarterly Court/County Commission minutes for Shelby County (1820-1977) are available on microfilm in the History Department of the Central Library.

Divorce Suits
Circuit Court Clerk's Office
140 Adams Avenue
Room 324
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 545-4006

Chancery Court
140 Adams Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103