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Florida Fast Facts and Key Resources

By Leslie Stroope Premium

Statehood: 1845

US territory status: 1822

First US census: 1830

Available colonial, territorial and state censuses: 1783, 1786, 1790, 1793, 1814, 1825, 1837, 1845, 1855, 1865, 1868, 1875, 1885, 1895, 1935, 1945

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1899

Statewide marriage records begin: 1927

Counties: 67

Public-land state

Contact for vital records:

State of Florida Vital Records

Box 210

Jacksonville, FL 32231

(904) 359-6900

<www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics>

Web Sites

 

Cyndi’s List: Florida

<cyndislist.eom/fI.htm>

Florida RootsWeb Project
<rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-l/USA/fl.html>

Florida Heritage Collection

<palmm.fda.edu/fh>

The Florida Memory Project

<www.floridamemory.com>

 

Resources

African Americans in Florida by Maxine D. Jones and Kevin McCarthy (Pineapple Press)

 

Florida Atlas of Historical County Boundaries by John H. Long (Charles Scribner’s Sons)

Florida Place Names: Alachua to Zolfo Springs by Allen Covington Morris (Pineapple Press)

Florida’s First Families: Translated Abstracts of Pre-1821 Spanish Censuses by Donna Rachal Mills (Mills Historical Press)

Non-Federal Censuses of Florida, 1784-1945 by Karen Packard Rhodes (McFarland)

Southeast Florida Pioneers by William McGoun (Pineapple Press)

The Spanish Censuses of Pensacola, 1784-1820 by William S. Coker and G. Douglas Inglis (Perdido Bay Press)

Tracing Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians Prior to Removal by Rachal Mills Lennon (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Organizations and Archives

Central Florida Genealogical Society
Box 533958, Orlando, FL 32853, <cfgs.org>

Florida Historical Society

435 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, FL 32922, (321) 690-1971, <www.florida-historical-soc.org>

Florida State Genealogical Society

Box 10249, Tallahassee, FL 32302, <rootsweb.com/~flsgs>

Pensacola Historical Society

110 E. Church St. Pensacola, FL 32502, (850)434-5455, <www.pensacolahistory.org>

St. Augustine Historical Society

271 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, FL 32084, (904) 824-2872, <www.staugustinehistoricalsociety.org>

State Library and Archives of Florida

R.A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399, Archives:

(850) 245-6700, Library: (850) 245-6600, <dlis.dos.state.fi.us>

University of Florida P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History

Smathers Library, Gainesville, FL 32611, (352) 273-2778, <www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/pkyonge>

From the July 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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