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Welcome to Florida, The Sunshine State

Florida was a disputed possession of England, France, and Spain in turn until it finally became a possession of the United States in 1821. A board of land commissioners for West Florida was established in 1822 and for East Florida in 1823 to process claims to lands previously granted by other nations. These documents, as well as land ancestries and homestead records, are at the Florida State Archives.

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Extinct or Renamed Counties: Benton | Dade | Fayette | Mosquito | New River

Major Repositories

Florida State Archives · State Library of Florida · P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History · Alma Clyde Library of Florida History · John C. Pace Library · University of South Florida · Orlando Public Library · National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) · Dallas Public Central Library

Migration Routes

Apalachicola River · Atlantic Coast Ports · St. John's River · Suwannee River · Alachua-Tampa Bay Trail · Augusta-St. Augustine Trail · Jacksonville-Apalachee Bay Trail · Jacksonville-St. Augustine Trail · Old Trading Path · St. Augustine-Apalachee Trail · St. Augustine-Flint River Trail · St. Augustine-Savannah Road · Savannah-Jacksonville Trail · Tugaloo-Apalachee Bay Trail · Upper Creeks-Pensacola Trail

Research Tools

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Historical Associations of Northwest Florida (the Panhandle):

  • Baker Block Museum: a project of the North Okaloosa Historical Association.  Many family histories have been submitted in the form of notebooks and published books.  Out of print books on topics of historical interest are available.  Photographs of individuals, families, and county history are also preserved, along with old maps, microfilms of early newspapers, etc.
  • Heritage Museum in Valparaiso:  A modest collection of books and publications on the history of Florida and the Florida Panhandle are available for review (by appointment, only).  Some city directories are available. A card index of locally published obituaries contains over 10,000 names.  New publications range in subject from regional recipes to local history and are available for sale.
  • Archaeology site lists other historical organizations, also.  Occasionally, family histories are archived at these sites.
  • Find which county a town is in, what town a cemetery is in, even where a postoffice or building is by using the United States Geographical Survey's Geographical Names Information System.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
  • The Florida GenWeb Project has a wealth of information and is a part of the larger USGenWeb Project. The USGenWeb Project provides internet information on every county in every state in the United States.
  • The Florida GenWeb Project,Inc. has a wealth of information for each county in the state of Florida, You may also wish to check out the Florida GenWeb Project,Inc.Archivessection, a page for each county
  • Access Genealogy:  Florida Genealogy has a wealth of information.
  • Research Guide:  BYU Research Outline for Florida

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