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

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Holmes County, Florida
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Founded January 8, 1848
County Seat Bonifay
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Quick Dates

Holmes County's civil records start the following years:

Marriage Court Census Land Probate
1902  1900   1850 1900  1902 

County Courthouse

Holmes County Courthouse
201 N Oklahoma Street
Bonifay, FL 32425
Phone 850-547-1100

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


Parent County

1848--Holmes County was created 8 January 1848 from Jackson County.
County seat: Bonifay [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1870 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


Individual Cemeteries:


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 1,205
1860 1,386 15.0%
1870 10,882 685.1%
1880 1,572 −85.6%
1890 2,170 38.0%
1900 4,336 99.8%
1910 7,762 79.0%
1920 11,557 48.9%
1930 12,850 11.2%
1940 12,924 0.6%
1950 15,447 19.5%
1960 13,988 −9.4%
1970 10,844 −22.5%
1980 10,720 −1.1%
1990 14,723 37.3%
2000 15,778 7.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.




Local Histories





Obituary Project  ~  contains submitted obituaries from U.S.  ~  Hidden Ancestors



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Holmes County Public Library
303 North J. Harvey Etheridge Street
Bonifay, Florida 32425

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Holmes County, Florida Page 135 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).


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