Shelby County Vital Records

Search Shelby County IA vital records such as births, death, marriages, and divorces.


Shelby County Clerks file important documents and preserve vital records in Shelby County, IA. The Clerk’s office is a valuable source for Shelby County vital records, which are available as public records. The office maintains Shelby County birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage records, in addition to divorce decrees. Many Clerk’s Offices have vital records dating back to the 1800s, making them an excellent source for Shelby County genealogical research. Most Clerk’s Offices provide online ordering forms to request vital records.

Earling City Clerk Office Earling IA 117 Main Street 51530 712-747-2181

Elk Horn City Clerk Elk Horn IA 2027 Washington Street 51531 712-764-5514

Shelby County Clerk of Court Harlan IA 612 Court Street 51537 712-755-5543


Shelby County Health Departments maintain vital records for their municipality and make them available to the public in Shelby County, IA. A Department of Health can issue certified copies of vital records including Shelby County birth certificates, death certificates, marriages certificates and licenses, and divorces decrees. Health Departments have Shelby County vital records dating back to the 1800s, making them an excellent source for genealogical research. Health Departments provide online ordering forms to request vital records.

Shelby County Health Department Harlan IA 1313 Industrial Parkway 51537 712-755-2609


Shelby County Marriage License Offices provide marriage licenses to couples who plan to marry in Shelby County, IA. They are typically a division of the local county clerk or the health department. Marriage License Offices also maintain copies of marriage licenses, which are public Shelby County vital records. Shelby County Marriage License Offices provide online search tools to locate marriage licenses. To access older marriage licenses, you may need to apply in person or by mail.

Shelby County Marriage License Harlan IA 1313 Industrial Parkway 51537 712-755-5640


Shelby County Coroners and Medical Examiners investigate deaths within their jurisdiction and perform autopsies and other postmortem examinations in Shelby County, IA. Many vital records are available from a Coroner or Medical Examiner, including autopsy reports, investigator reports, toxicology reports, and in some cases, X-rays or photographs. An autopsy report will include the cause and manner of death. Many coroners and medical examiners provide online access to their reports. In other cases, you can obtain public records such as Shelby County death certifiates by contacting the Coroners or Medical Examiner’s Office directly.

Shelby County Medical Examiner & Coroner Harlan IA 1220 Chatburn Avenue 51537 712-755-5130


Shelby County Town Hall or City Halls are the chief administrative office in Shelby County, IA. Town and City Halls often maintain records related to their municipality, including Shelby County vital records. You can find Shelby County birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, and divorce decrees at the Town Hall or City Hall. In some locations, these vital records are available online or by filling out an online request form.

Defiance City Hall Defiance IA 206 Main Avenue 51527 712-748-3431

Elk Horn Town Hall Elk Horn IA 4212 Main Street 51531 712-764-5512

Harlan City Hall Harlan IA 711 Durant Street 51537 712-755-5137

Irwin Town Hall Irwin IA 504 Ann Street 51446 712-782-3333

Shelby City Hall Shelby IA 419 East Street 51570 712-544-2404