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Searching Online Records for Florida? Don’t Forget These Valuable Resources!

FamilySearch Florida Collections (current to Feb 2013)

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Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935 20,227 10 Mar 2012
Florida, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 285,975 21 Apr 2012
Florida, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 25,416 21 Apr 2012
Florida, Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955 Browse Images 26 Sep 2011
Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998 5,187,074 10 Feb 2012
Florida, Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921 24,800 27 Apr 2010
Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939 471,800 29 Mar 2010
Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001 3,012,178 29 Feb 2012
Florida, Key West Passenger Lists, 1898-1920 Browse Images  *16 Jan 2013
Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 11,718,373 14 Jan 2012
Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993 571,766 9 May 2012
Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974 859,969 26 Mar 2012
Florida, Probate Records, 1784-1990 Browse Images 27 Sep 2012
Florida, State Census, 1885 110,864 27 Mar 2010
Florida, State Census, 1935 1,599,085 27 Mar 2010
Florida, State Census, 1945 2,249,138 27 Mar 2010
Florida, Tampa, Passenger Lists, 1898-1945 50,103 21 Dec 2012

Florida Message Boards ~ Ancestry.com

Message boards or forums are a great place to engage with others researching in our area of interest.

AfriGeneas States Research Forum

You can post your FL-specific queries here!

AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum

This board is reserved for discussion of the Enslavement Period, slave genealogy, documents pertaining to slavery, and techniques for finding the last slaveowner and the first slave ancestor.

Free Persons of Color (FPOC) Forum

This is the hosted message board of the Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware website. This is the place to discuss issues pertaining to ancestors who were either born free or emancipated prior to the Civil War.

Florida GenWeb

The purpose of FLGenWeb is to preserve and educate the public about Florida's rich heritage and to help families discover their ancestors.

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

The Florida Digital Newspaper Library exists to provide access to the news and history of Florida. All of the over 1,376,000 pages of historic through current Florida newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library are openly and freely available with zoomable page images and full text.

Florida History Online

From  Daniel L. Schafer, Professor Emeritus of History, University of North Florida, Florida History Online is an educational website intended as a resource for teachers and scholars, students at all grade levels, and the general public. It offers free online access to transcribed Florida history documents.

Floridiana on the Web ~ USF Libraries Digital Collections

An astoundingly rich collection of digitized manuscripts, oral histories, historical photographs and full text articles on Florida history. All back editions of the journal Florida Historical Quarterly are available as searchable full text.

State Archives of Florida ~ Florida Memory Project

The Florida Memory Project website presents a selection of digitized historical records that illustrate significant moments in Florida history, education resources for students of all ages and archival collections for historical research. Notable online collections:

Resource Guide ~ P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History

Excellent guide to online resources for Florida history and genealogy

Florida Cemetery Index

There were 12,071 names from 83 cemeteries in the database as of 1 August 2000.

City of Tallahassee ~ City-Owned Cemeteries Burial Records

Looking for someone who you think might be buried in a City of Tallahassee-owned cemetery? Here's where to start. Also included is a wonderful comprehensive guide to researching ancestors buried in private cemeteries, not in the five owned cemeteries and operated by the City government. Here you will find links to the largest funeral homes in Tallahassee, area churches, and other helpful resources for researching ancestors buried in Tallahassee. See also their page of links to information about cemeteries in general.

The Obituary Daily Times

The Obituary Daily Times is a daily index of published obituaries. It is distributed Freely, often twice a day by email, and usually has over 2500 entries a day. You can search the database anytime with their online search engine.

WPA Life Histories from Florida

First-person accounts of life in Florida collected during the Great Depression.

Alachua County Ancient Records

493,813 Page Images of early Florida records. 14,890 Pages have been transcribed. As Alachua County was an early seat of government in Florida, this collection has records from across Florida, not just Alachua County. You can volunteer to index records, too!

Elmer’s Genealogy Corner

Madison County, FL marriage, divorce, cemetery, voter and obituary records

What Are Your Favorite Florida Resources?

Which FL resources do YOU recommend? Please add a comment with your favorites!
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