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Probate Court
140 Adams Ave, Rm 124
Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 901-222-3750
F: 901-222-3756
Jurisdiction: Probate
Probate court records and dockets are free at Search online by name or case number.
Circuit Court
140 Adams Ave, Rm 324
Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 901-222-3800
F: 901-222-3809
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions over $25,000
Restricted Records: No juvenile or adoption records released
The East Office is no longer open.
General Sessions Court - Criminal
201 Poplar, Ste LL 81
Memphis, TN 38103-2093
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 901-222-3500
F: 901-222-3597
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor
Restricted Records: No mental records released
The Office is responsible for record keeping for nine criminal divisions in Shelby County.
General Sessions Court - Civil
140 Adams, Rm 106
Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 901-222-3400
F: 901-222-3413
Jurisdiction: Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims, Domestic, Juvenile
Restricted Records: No mental commitment records released
There are two Satellite Offices: 1075 Station Rd, Room #115 West, Memphis 38134, 901-222-7900; and 3768 S Hickory Ridge Mall, Ste 514, Memphis 38115, 901-222-3667.
Chancery Court
140 Adams, Rm 308
Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 901-222-3903
F: 901-222-3909
Jurisdiction: Civil, Probate
Restricted Records: No juvenile or adoption records released
Chancery Court is a superior court of general original jurisdiction of all cases of an equitable nature. The Probate Clerk is in Room 124. Email is [email protected].
30th District Criminal Court
201 Poplar Ave, Ste 4-01
Criminal Justice Center
Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM CST
P: 901-222-3200
Jurisdiction: Felony
Restricted Records: No expunged or sealed records released

Shelby County, TN Vital Records

Contact the Shelby County Office of the Register of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Shelby County
Register of Deeds
1075 Mullins Station
Bldg W3, #W165
Memphis, TN 38134
8AM-4:30PM CST
Phone: 901-222-8100
Fax: 901-222-8134
Recorded Documents

Shelby County Vital Certificates

Shelby County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Shelby County Information

Shelby County is the largest county is Tennessee, both in size and population. It is located in the southwest corner of the state and has the Mississippi river running on its west side. Shelby County, which was founded in 1819, is home to many parks such as T.O. Fuller State Park, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, and Shelby Farms. Shelby Farms is home to a bison herd as well as the headquarters of Ducks Unlimited. Shelby is populated with several thriving communities including Arlington, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland, and Memphis. Germantown is a suburb of Memphis and is dotted with several large horse farms and is the host to the Germantown Charity Horse Show every June. Memphis is Shelby County's largest and most well known city. It features many great cultural and music destinations.

Step into the blues in the Beale Street entertainment district, or visit the home of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, at the Graceland Museum. Among the many cultural destinations, one of the most moving is the National Civil Rights Museum located in the Lorraine Hotel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Whether you are interested in taking in the scenery in one of its many parks, or catching some nightlife, Shelby County has an ample selection of events and places for you to enjoy.

Shelby County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 754.53 sq mi
Population (2009): 920,232
  • Females: 52.3%
  • White: 44.2%
  • Black/African American: 52%
  • Asian: 2.3%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 5.1%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 40.1%
Population Change (2000-2009): 22,760
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 3.8%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 6.5%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 18%
High School Graduates (2000): 80.8%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 25.3%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.6
Housing Units (2000): 362,954
Homeownership Rate (2000): 63.1%
Migration Flow to Shelby County, TN from (2007-2008):

Shelby County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $34,567,130
  • Construction: $1,516,356
  • Retail Trade: $2,176,445
  • Professional and Technical Services: $1,896,275
  • Healthcare: $3,404,964
  • Banking: $2,461,534
  • Retail Trade: $2,176,445
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $1,188,892
  • Manufacturing: $3,243,782
  • Farms: $-5,172
  • Government: $4,955,512
Employed (2000): 408,221
Unemployed (2000): 29,929
Unemployment Rate (2009): 10.1%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $40,265
Local Government Employment (2007): 43,978
Local Government Revenue (2007): $2,976,010 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $4,241,992 (thou. dol.)

Shelby County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 15,247
  • Per 1,000 population: 16.6
Deaths (2007): 7,626
  • Per 1,000 population: 8.3
Infant Deaths (2007): 193
  • Per 1,000 population: 12.7

Shelby County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 13,769
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 145
  • Forcible rape: 423
  • Robbery: 4,933
  • Aggravated Assault: 8,268
Property Crimes (2008): 61,181
  • Burglary: 17,739
  • Larceny-Theft: 37,627
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 5,815

Shelby County Genealogy Records