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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Florida.

Out of State

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National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260 USA
Phone: 770-968-2100
Fax: 770-968-2547
E-mail: atlanta.archives@nara.gov
Internet: National Archives at Atlanta

Records from over 100 federal agencies and courts in Florida. Also includes Vice Admiralty Courts of SC, evolution of federal courts, Constitutional rights, Revolutionary War, Civil War, reconstruction, World Wars I and II, and space exploration. Microfilms for censuses, diplomatic missions, military service records, bounty-land applications, passenger arrival lists, naturalizations, American Indians, and African Americans.[1]

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Dallas Public Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201-9987 USA
Telephone: 214-670-1433
E-mail: genealogy@dallaslibrary.org
Internet: Dallas Public Library Genealogy

Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Florida, Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[2]

Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library
Moultrie-Colquitt County Library
204 5th Street, S.E.
Moultrie, Georgia 31768 USA
Telephone: 229-985-6540
E-mail: mccls@mccls.org
Internet: Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library

Emphasizes Scottish immigrants to America, but also has a good basic American genealogy collection including Florida.[3]

Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library
Street address: 20 S. College St.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 595
Homerville, GA 31634
Telephone: 912-487-2310
E-mail: huxford.spearlibrary@windstream.net
Internet:Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc.

This collection covers the southeast United States well,[3] including 14,000 files on families from south Georgia and north Florida.[4]

Mobile Municipal Archives
Mail address: P.O. Box 1827
Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827 USA
Street address: 457 Church Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602 USA
Telephone: 251-208-7740
Fax: 251-208-7428
E-mail: archives@cityofmobile.org
Internet: http://www.cityofmobile.org/archives/ Municipal Archives

Includes records of early Alabama/Florida settlers: Spanish, French, and Anglo especially during the Spanish period. This is the premier library for Gulf Coast settlers from Louisiana to Florida.[5]

Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library
135 North Broad Street
Thomasville, Georgia 31792 USA
Telephone: 229-226-9640
Fax: 229-226-3199
E-mail: glibrary@rose.net
Internet: Thomasville Genealogical, History and Fine Arts Library

Good collection of southern states family history material including Florida.


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State Archives of Florida
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA
Telephone: 850-245-6700
Fax: 850-488-4894
E-mail: archives@dos.myflorida.com
Internet: Florida State Archives

A great Florida genealogy collection including state and county documents. This is the place to start research on Florida residents.[6] Online collections include Confederate Pension Applications, Spanish Land Grants, and World War I Service Cards.

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State Library of Florida
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250 USA
Telephone: 850-245-6600
Fax: 850-245-6651
E-mail: library@dos.myflorida.com
Internet: State Library of Florida

Published records of Florida, and state government publications, including 700,000 books, magazines, and newspapers, 2000 Florida maps, photos, and over 200,000 government documents.[7]

Florida Health Bureau of Vital Statistics
1217 North Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202 USA
Telephone: 904-359-6900 x1024
Fax: 904-359-6931
E-mail: VitalStats@FLHealth.gov
Internet: Florida Health Certificates and Registries

Births  since 1917, and from some counties as early as 1893; marriages  and divorces  since 1927; and deaths  since 1917, and from some counties as early as 1877.

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Meek-Eaton Black Archives

Florida A&M University
445 Gamble Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32307 USA
Telephone: 850-599-3020
Internet: Black Archives Research Center

A statewide, and southeastern states regional center for researching African American history and institutions: over 500,000 manuscripts, rare books, journals, magazines, maps, newspapers, and photographs.[8]


Alma C. Field Library of Florida History
435 Brevard Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922 USA
Phone: 321-690-1971
Fax: 321-690-4388
E-mail: myfloridahistory.org
Internet: Florida Historical Society

Floridiana: books, maps, photos, family histories, manuscripts, photos, the Mosquito Beaters collection, the Alice Strickland collection, and the Florida State Genealogical Society collection.[9]

Charlton W. Tebeau Library of Florida History
101 W Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130 USA
Telephone: 305-357-1492
Fax: 305-372-6313
Internet: Historical Museum of Southern Florida Research Center

Their collection is strong on the history of southern Florida. They also have many documents related to Cuba and the Caribbean.[6]

Indian River County Main Library
1600 21st Street
Vero Beach, FL 32960 USA
Telephone: 772-770-5060 x5
Fax: 772-770-5446
E-mail: genealogy@irclibrary.org
Internet: Lowenstein Genealogy Department

A big genealogy collection that rivals Orlando in size and quality.[6]

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Jacksonville Public Library Main Branch
303 N. Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202 USA
Telephone: 904-630-2665
Internet: Jacksonville Public Library Main Library

The Southeastern United States is covered well, including history, biography, genealogy, federal censuses and indexes. This is oldest collection of Floridiana in the state.[6]

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Orlando Public Library
101 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801 USA
Telephone: 407.835.7323
E-mail: Ask a Librarian
Internet: Orlando Public Library

This is the largest genealogy reference collection in Florida. American genealogical sources are covered well, including censuses, biographies, histories, and genealogies.[6] Two helpful guides for several important Florida archives and libraries are:
  • Catalog of the Florida State Archives. Tallahassee, Florida: Department of State, 1975. (FHL book 975.9 A5fs)
  • Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in the United States: Florida. Jacksonville, Florida: Florida Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. (FHL book 975.9 A1 number 130.)
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P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History
P.O. Box 117007
University Of Florida Smathers Library Room 100
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA
Telephone: 352-392-0319
Fax: 352-392-4788
E-mail: Ask a Librarian
University of Florida

Their collection includes Spanish colonial sources, United States borderland records, and the best Florida newspapers collection in the state.[6]

Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library
100 East Main Street
Bartow, Florida 33830-4629 USA
Telephone: 863-534-4380
Fax: 863-534-4382
Email: Dorinda.Garrard@mypclc.info
Internet: http://library.mypclc.org/historical/ Polk County Genealogical Library]

A very good genealogical collection.[6]

St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library
12 Aviles Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084 USA
Telephone: 904-824-2872
Fax: 904-824-2569
E-mail: sahsdirector@bellsouth.net
Internet: St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library

An excellent collection of records about the first colonists on the east coast of Florida. Their Spanish holdings include parish record births, marriages, and deaths back to 1594.[6]

University of South Florida Tampa Library Special Collections
4202 E. Fowler Ave. LIB122
Tampa FL 33620 USA
Telephone: 813-974-6725
E-mail: libraryservicesdesk@usf.edu
Internet: USF Libraries: Special Collections

They have a good collection of published Florida local histories and Hillsborough County records.[6]

University of West Florida Archives and West Florida History Center
John C. Pace Library
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514 USA
Telephone: 850-474-2424
E-mail: Contact Us
Internet: University of West Florida Archives and West Florida History Center

This an excellent research facility. Make this your starting place for finding records of the earliest European settlers in the Florida panhandle.[6]

Volusia County Public Library Daytona Beach Regional
105 E. Magnolia Ave.
Daytona Beach FL 32114 USA
Telephone: 386-257-6036
E-mail: showes@volusia.org
Internet: Daytona Beach Regional Library

Very good genealogy collection not just for Florida, but also for the entire eastern seaboard.[6]

West Florida Public Library Genealogy Branch
Genealogy Branch Library
5740 N. 9th Avenue
Pensacola, FL 32504 USA
Telephone: 850-494-7373
Fax: 850-436-5039
E-mail: RefStaff@mywfpl.com
Internet: Ask a Genealogy Expert

A good genealogy collection.[6] Focused on the southeastern states with a good selection for the northeastern and central states, Civil War, African Americans, family histories, local American Indian Cherokee and Creek tribes with some Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Seminole tribes.[10]

Family History Centers

Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. There are many centers located in Florida. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history by:

  • Giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons
  • Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program
  • Offering free how-to classes (varies by location).

To find the nearest Family History Center:

  • Click on Find a Family History Center. Type your city and state in the search box, then tap [Enter]. A map showing nearby centers will appear. Click a FamilySearch Center icon on the map to view its address, phone, and hours.

Online Records

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.


  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 127-28. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.
  4. Huxford-Spear Genealogical Library History in Huxford Genealogical Society, Inc. (accessed 15 January 2016).
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 11.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 Dollarhide and Bremer, 31.
  7. About the State Library of Florida in Florida Department of State (accessed 4 May 2015).
  8. About the Archives - History in FAMU - The Black Archives Research Center (accessed 7 May 2015).
  9. The Alma C. Field Library of Florida History in Florida's Space Coast (accessed 5 May 2015).
  10. Ask a Genealogy Expert in West Florida Public Library System (accessed 29 April 2015).


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