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


Web Sites


Cyndi’s List: Florida


Florida RootsWeb Project

Florida Heritage Collection


The Florida Memory Project




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, <>

Florida Historical Society

435 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, FL 32922, (321) 690-1971, <>

Florida State Genealogical Society

Box 10249, Tallahassee, FL 32302, <>

Pensacola Historical Society

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

St. Augustine Historical Society

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

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, <>

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

Smathers Library, Gainesville, FL 32611, (352) 273-2778, <>

From the July 2008 Family Tree Magazine

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