Broward County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to Broward County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Broward County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Founded April 30, 1915
County Seat Fort Lauderdale
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County Information

Broward County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1906 1915 1917 1830 1915 1917

County Courthouse

Broward County Courthouse
 201 SE 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954.765.4578

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, probate divorce, court and land records from 1915[2]


Parent County

1915- Broward County was created 30 April 1915 from Dade and Palm Beach Counties.
County seat: Fort Lauderdale [3]

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 website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Collier  • Hendry  • Miami-Dade  • Palm Beach 

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Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
FLGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
FLGenWeb Archives FLGenWeb
Tombstone Project
Florida Gravestones Veterans Administration National Cemeteries
Billion Graves


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

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb


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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Pompano





Online Records

These passenger lists cover:
1834 - 1897 Immigration of Russians to the United States
1/12/1846 -12/31/1851 Irish Famine
1850 - 1897 Germans to the United States
1855 - 1900 Italians to the United States


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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Broward County, Florida Genealogy. 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.




Civil War
Korean War
Vietnam War


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

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb


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

Online Probate Records


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.

FLGenWeb Executions in Broward Co

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Broward County Genealogical Society
PO Box 485
Ft. Lauderdale 33302

Oakland Park Historical Society
3976 NE Sixth Ave.
Oakland Park, FL 33334

Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
219 WS 2nd Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Telephone Number: 954-463-4431

Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County
PO Box 17251
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33318

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 123-139. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Broward County, Florida. Page 133 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).