Florida Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




U.S.—Florida

Explore research in Florida.


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Goal 1: Learn about Florida research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Florida ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Florida research strategies.
    FS—Basic Florida Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Florida research on Ancestry.
    AC—Florida Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Florida research.
    AC—Florida State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Florida Record Selection Table to decide on records to search.
    FS—Florida Record Selection Table
  5. For African American research, study the Florida state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for Florida



Goal 2: Learn about Florida archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Florida archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Florida archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Florida Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Florida state archives.
  3. Explore genealogy resources on the Florida Memory site.
  4. Explore the Florida Dept of Archives site.
  5. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Florida.
  6. Explore the Florida Memory Project.
  7. Explore the Florida Division of Library and Information Services site.
  8. Explore the Books We Own site for Florida genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  9. Search for free online books on Florida research on the FamilySearch site.
  10. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Florida city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Florida city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Directories
  2. Explore Florida city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Florida city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Florida historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Florida vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Florida vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Florida vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Florida Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Florida Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Florida vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Florida birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Florida birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Get help with adoption topics on the Florida Adoptees / Birth Parents Facebook page.
  7. Explore additional links for Florida vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore additional links for Florida birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Florida marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Learn how to find Florida marriage records with FamilySearch.
  2. Explore links for Florida marriage records.
  3. Explore additional links for Florida marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Learn about Florida divorce records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Divorce Records
  5. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Florida death records.
  6. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Florida obituaries.
  7. Find additional resources for Florida obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore Florida death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  9. Explore additional links for Florida death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Florida census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Florida censuses in this article.
    FS—Florida Census
  2. Learn about Florida census records.
    Census Records for Florida
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Florida state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Florida census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Florida census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Florida voting registers in this article.
    FS—Florida Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Florida church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Florida church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Florida church records in this article.
    FS—Florida Church Records
  2. Learn about Florida church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Florida Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Florida church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Florida cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Florida cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Florida Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Florida cemetery records.
  3. Search for Florida cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Florida cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Florida cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  9. See additional cemetery resources on the Florida Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about Florida emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Florida emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Florida emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Florida migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Florida immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Florida military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Florida military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Florida military records.
    Florida Military Records
  2. Learn about Florida military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Military Records
  3. Explore Florida military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Florida military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore additional links for Florida military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore Florida military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Florida probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Florida probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Florida probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Florida Probate Records
  2. Learn about Florida land and property records.
    FS—Florida Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Florida land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Florida Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Florida probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Florida land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Florida court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Florida court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Court Records
  2. Learn about Florida court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Florida Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Florida maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Florida maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Florida maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Maps
  2. Learn about Florida maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Florida Maps
  3. Learn about Florida gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Gazetteers

B. Explore Florida maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Florida maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Florida.
  3. Explore historical Florida maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Florida maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Florida newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Florida newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Florida newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Florida newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Florida Newspapers—7:59
  3. Learn about Florida newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Florida Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Florida newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Florida historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Florida newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Florida newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Florida newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Florida newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Florida newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Florida newspapers and obituaries records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Florida research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from Florida.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Florida County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Florida.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Florida Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Florida research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Florida Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Florida Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Florida State Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Florida.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Florida research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Florida research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Florida research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Florida research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Florida research.

C. Learn about Florida genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Florida in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Florida Societies
  2. Explore the Florida State Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore Florida genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Florida Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Alachua    A    L Baker    L Bay    A    L Bradford    A    L Brevard    A    L Broward    L
Calhoun    L Charlotte    L Citrus    L Clay    L Collier    A    L Columbia    L
De Soto    L Dixie    L Duval    A    L Escambia    A    L Flagler    L Franklin    L
Gadsden    L Gilchrist    L Glades    L Gulf    L Hamilton    A    L Hardee    L
Hendry    L Hernando    L Highlands    L Hillsborough    L Holmes    L Indian River    L
Jackson    L Jefferson    L Lafayette    L Lake    L Lee    A    L Leon    L
Levy    L Liberty    L Madison    A    L Manatee    L Marion    L Martin    L
Miami-Dade  A Monroe    A    L Nassau    L Okaloosa    A    L Okeechobee   Orange    L
Osceola    L Palm Beach    L Pasco    L Pinellas    L Polk    L Putnam    L
Santa Rosa    L Sarasota    L Seminole    L St. Johns    A    L St. Lucie    A    L Sumter    L
Suwannee    L Taylor    L Union    L Volusia    A    L Wakulla    L Walton    L
Washington    L


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