Location: Bay County FL

Native American History of Bay County, Florida

Bay County is located in northwestern Florida. It was named after St. Andrews Bay, when the county was created in 1913. The county seat and largest city in the county is Panama City. Its northern boundary is Washington County, FL. Its northeastern boundary is Jackson County, FL. To the east is Calhoun County, FL; to the west is Walton County, FL and the southeast, is Gulf County, FL. The Gulf of Mexico forms its southwestern boundary. Much of Bay County is characterized by bays, bayous, tidal creeks, tidal marshes, freshwater lakes and freshwater swamps. The Choctawhatchee River flows through the northwest corner of Bay County and then into Gulf of Mexico in Walton County. Another major stream is Econfina Creek, which flows southward from Jackson County and joins with Bayou George before entering St. Andrews Bay. The Gulf Coastal Plain stretching from Mobile, AL to Cedar Key, FL was known as Am-Ixchel by Native Americans, when first explored by the Spaniards in the 1500s. The word was written as Amichel in Castilian and means “Place of the Moon Goddess” in Chontal Maya. This evidence along with many surviving Itza and Chontal Maya place names in Georgia and the Southern Highlands, suggests that the sea-going Chontal Maya merchants were familiar with present day northwestern Florida. The St. Andrews Bay area was intensely inhabited by Native Americans because of the abundance...

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Bay County Florida Cemetery Records

Florida Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Florida county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Bay County Cemetery Records Hosted at Bay County Florida USGenWeb Archives Bayou George Cemetery Baker Bayou Cemetery Bayhead Cemetery Brown-McQuagge Cemetery Callaway Cemetery Catholic Cemetery Cedar Creek Cemetery Evergreen Memorial Gardens Surnames A-L Surnames M-Z Farmdale Cemetery Fountain Cemetery Gainer Cemetery Gainer Cemetery, African-American Gainer-Watts Cemetery Garden of Memories Gay Cemetery Grassy Point Cemetery Green Hills Cemetery Greenwood Cemetery Surnames A-F Surnames G-M Surnames N-S Surnames T-Z Gunlock Cemetery Holy Nativity Episcopal Church Kent Forest-Lawn Cemetery Lynn Haven Cemetery Lynn Haven Community Cemetery, African-American Marywood Cemetery Mashburn Cemetery Millville Cemetery Oakland Cemetery Oliver Creek Cemetery Parker Cemetery Paul Cemetery Porter Cemetery Redfish Cemetery Redwood Cemetery, African-American St. Andrew’s Memorial Garden Southport Community Cemetery Southport Memorial Gardens Unknown Cemetery West Bay Cemetery Youngstown...

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