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Monroe County, Florida
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Facts
Founded July 3, 1823
County Seat Key West
Courthouse
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Contents

County Courthouse

Monroe County Courthouse
500 Whitehead St;
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305.292.3540 

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce,
probate and court and land records from 1853. [1]

History

Parent County

1823--Monroe County was created 3 July 1823 from St. Johns County.
County seat: Key West [2]

History of Monroe Co., Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project
-Early Settlers
-Martello Towers
-Straits of Florida
-Historical Resources
-Historical Links

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

FamilySearch Query Forum

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Monroe 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

Directories

Directories at Monroe Co., Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project

-Burtz' Gainesville Directory 1913
-Key West Directory 1906-1907
-Key West, The Old and the New 1912
-Key West and Monroe County, FLorida, 19?? 

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.

Letters

Letters Home, Monroe County, The FLGenWeb Project

Maps

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Military

Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project, Military

-Civil War

-World War I

-Korean War Fatal Casualties

Newspapers

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

Photos

Penny Postcards from Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project

Probate

Probate records are held by the Monroe County, Florida Clerk of Court and are housed at the Monroe 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.

Resources

Monroe Co FLGenWeb Resources

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Monroe 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.

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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Surnames and Family

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County, Florida Page 136 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/3/3f/Igifloridamz.pdf.

 

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