Discover your family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

Start Now

Florida Genealogy

Free Florida Genealogy Data and Links

  • Florida African American Genealogy
  • Florida Cemetery Records
  • Florida Census Records
    • 1825 Leon County Census
      This document represents the entire census return for Leon County, Florida, as enumerated by James Cameron in September 1825. Cameron recorded 996 inhabitants in the county, including 608 whites, 387 slaves, and one free person, “of Colour.”
    • 1845 Election Returns
      Lists of people voting in the 1845 statehood election, sortable by county and precinct. Fully digitized and indexed.
    • 1885 Florida State Census
      Schedules of the Census of Florida taken by that state in 1885. All counties then in the state are represented with the exception of Alachua, Clay, Columbia and Nassau. The 1885 Florida State Census is comprised of four schedules – Population, Agriculture, Manufactures and Mortality. Population schedules are available for all counties, but there are no agriculture, manufactures or mortality schedules for some counties. This collection coincides with NARA publication M845.
    • 1935 Florida State Census
      Population census for the State of Florida for the year 1935. This 1935 Florida State Census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants. The census is arranged alphabetically by county and then geographically by election precinct. All counties within the state are represented, although some election precincts are missing. The collection details include an estimated precinct locality that is based on the census precinct number within a county.
    • 1945 Florida State Census
      Population census for the State of Florida for the year 1945. This 1945 Florida State Census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants. The census is arranged alphabetically by county and then geographically by election precinct. All counties within the state are represented, although some election precincts are missing. The records are segregated by race. The collection details include an estimated precinct locality that is based on the census precinct number within a county.
  • Florida Church Records
    • WPA Church Records
      Returns from a historical records survey done by the WPA in the late 1930s-early 1940s. It doesn’t include the actual records of the church, but these digests often do explain who had the church’s records at the time, and they give some basic data about the church’s founding. Fully digitized and indexed.
  • Florida History
    • The Florida Photographic Collection
      185,000+ historic photographs from all over the state, digitized from the holdings of the State Archives of Florida. Fully digitized and indexed.
  • Florida Land Records
    • Spanish Land Grants Collection
      Dossiers of material submitted to the U.S. government after Florida became a U.S. territory to prove ownership of land granted to individuals and companies by the Spanish Crown. Fully digitized and indexed.
    • Jefferson County Freedmen’s Contracts
      Sharecropper contracts from 1867, identifying landowners, laborers, and terms of employment. Fully digitized and indexed.
  • Military Records
    • Florida Forts
      List of colonial forts, trading posts, named camps, redoubts, reservations, general hospitals, national cemeteries, etc., established or erected in the United States from its earliest settlement to 1902.
    • Revolutionary War Records
    • Civil War Records
      • Florida Civil War Map
      • Civil War Pensions Index Cards
        Each card gives the soldier’s name,  unit,  the application number,  the certificate number and the state from which the soldier served. In some cases,  the soldier’s rank,  terms of service,  date of death and place of death are given. The index cards refer to pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917. The majority of the records pertain to Civil War veterans,  but they also include veterans of the Spanish-American War,  the Philippine Insurrection,  Indian wars,  and World War I.
      • Florida, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
        Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Florida. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109,War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M251. Index courtesy of Fold3.
      • Florida, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865
        Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Florida. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier’s surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917 and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M400. Index courtesy of Fold3.
      • Confederate Soldier & Widow Pension Applications
        Not just the index; these are the full, page-by-page digitized versions of the applications themselves, including correspondence between applicants and the State Pension Board and completed application forms. Lots of good info on wartime service and marriages. Fully digitized and indexed.
      • Florida, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955
        Images of applications for pensions filed by Confederate veterans and widows living in Florida.
      • Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home
        This collection consists of applications for admission to the Florida Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home, including a small amount of supporting documentation attesting to the veracity of the applicant’s claim. Applications provide information about each applicant’s current residence and medical condition as well as their Civil War service, including such information as unit, dates served, and wounds incurred/cause of disability. The records were maintained by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Florida Division, which played a key role in the operation of the home in its last years.
    • World War I Records
    • World War II Records
    • Korean War Casualty List
    • Vietnam War Casualty List
  • Florida Native American Records
    • Florida Indian Tribes
    • The Native American History of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee Basin
      The Lake Okeechobee region contained some of the most sophisticated indigenous cultures that ever existed north of Mexico. Its towns built large earthworks and ponds in the shape of the ceremonial scepters carried by leaders in the Southeastern Ceremonial Mound Culture, but they were built several centuries before the Southeastern Ceremonial Mound Culture appeared elsewhere. Its engineers constructed several hundred miles of canals and raised causeways to interconnect the towns. They even built locks to enable cargo canoes to bypass rapids. Yet despite all this cultural precociousness, so far there is no evidence that the people of South Florida ever practiced large scale agriculture. However, intensive cultivation of raised garden beds in a semi-tropical climate, also a practice of the Mayas, may have produced a far higher percentage of their diet than anthropologists currently presume.
  • Florida Vital Records
    • Miami-Dade County Death Index
    • Florida Births and Christenings
      Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Florida for the years of 1880-1935. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 28,301 records. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
    • Florida Deaths and Burials
      Name index to death and burial records from the state of Florida for the years of 1900-1921. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 24,800 records. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.
    • Florida Death Records
      Name index of Florida death records created by Florida Department of Health and Vital Statistics in Jacksonville,  Florida for the years of 1877-1939. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers.
    • Florida Marriages
      Name index to marriage records from the state of Florida for the years of 1837-1974. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 860,110 records. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.

Free RootsWeb Databases

Alumni Lists

Birth Records

Book Indexes

Cemetery Records

City Directory

Death Records

Divorce Records

Marriage Records

Obituaries

Newspaper Indexes

Professional Society Religious Groups

Florida Genealogy Databases – Subscription May be Required

Ancestry is the largest provider of genealogy data online. The billions of records they provide have advanced genealogy online beyond imagination just a decade ago. The following is but a small sample of what they provide for Florida genealogy at Ancestry. While some of these databases are free, many require a subscription. You can try a 14 day free trial and see if you can find any of your Florida genealogy at Ancestry!

Florida Statewide Genealogy at Ancestry

Florida Military Data at Ancestry

Miscellaneous Florida data at Ancestry

Florida County Specific Genealogy at Ancestry

Florida Town Specific Genealogy at Ancestry

Additional Free Florida Genealogy

United States Genealogy

United States GenWeb Project

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

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares

Share This

Share this post with your friends!