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Guide to Collier County Florida genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded May 8, 1923
County Seat Naples
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County Courthouse

Collier County Courthouse
3315 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112-5324 
Phone: 941.732.2646

County Judge has marriage and probate records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1923[1]

History

Parent County

1923--Collier County was created 8 May 1923 from Lee County.
County seat: Naples [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Florida counties see: Florida Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Bio's

Charles Benjamin Daniels

Edward Robert Newell- 1840/41 - 1926 - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Albert Benjamin Addison - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Collier County, Florida census records online, see: Florida Census.

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

Court

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Collier County, Florida. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Maps

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Marriages

Index - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Collier County, Florida newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Pioneer's of Collier

Speed Menefee - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Probate

Probate records are held by the Collier County, Florida Clerk of Court and are housed at the Collier County, Florida Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990. See the wiki page Florida Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Taxation

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online. See also How to order Florida Vital Records

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Florida.

Marriage
  • 1923-1945 - Collier County Marriage Book 1 Index 1923-1945. Batch M736792 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Genealogical Society of Collier County, Inc.
P.O. Box 7933
Naples, FL 34101

Website: http://thegscc.org

The Genealogical Society of Collier County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Naples, Florida. We are dedicated to researching and recording family histories; as well as teaching and assisting researchers through our many educational classes and programs.

Many of our members also serve as volunteers in the "Genealogy Room" located in the reference area of the Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Avenue. Our library volunteers are eager to assist library patrons by offering guidance with the genealogy special collection and computer databases. A schedule of when volunteers are on duty can be found on our website under "Volunteer Help."

The Society offers two free "Beginning Genealogy" courses each year and monthly educational programs at our meetings. Please consult our website at http://thegscc.org for the dates, times and location of our classes and meetings.

Projects:
Naples Daily News Obituary Index
Volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Collier County, Inc. have indexed names from obituaries and death notices published in the Naples newspapers from July 28, 1927 to January 2008, however the microfilm for certain years has not been found or doesn’t exist. The microfilm reels used in this project, currently numbering over 850, are housed in the Collier County Public Library at 650 Central Avenue, Naples. To search the index online visit: http://public.collier-lib.org/db/ .

Family History Surname Index
Volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Collier County have indexed the surnames found in all the family history books located in the genealogy special collection at the Naples Regional Library,650 Central Avenue.  To search the index online visit:http://public.collier-lib.org/dbgen/ .

Other Resources

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Collier County, Florida. Page 133 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/54/Igiflorida.pdf.

 

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