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Guide to Holmes County, Florida ancestry, family history, and 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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Facts
Founded January 8, 1848
County Seat Bonifay
Courthouse
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County Information

Holmes County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1902 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.[2]

History

Parent County

1848--Holmes County was created 8 January 1848 from Jackson County.
County seat: Bonifay [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1870 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
1902 -- The Westville Courthouse was burned in 1902, and most early county records perished with it.


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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Geneva County, Alabama • Houston County, Alabama
Jackson • Walton • Washington
Covington County, AlabamaCoffee County, AlabamaDale County, AlabamaHenry County, AlabamaGeneva County, AlabamaHouston County, AlabamaEarly County, GeorgiaSeminole County, GeorgiaWalton CountyHolmes CountyWashington CountyJackson CountyBay CountyCalhoun CountyLiberty CountyFL Holmes1.jpg

Resources

African American

Cemeteries


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
FLGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
FLGenWeb Archives Interment.net
Tombstone Project Veterans Administration National Cemeteries
Billion Graves


Census

For tips on accessing Holmes 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

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

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Holmes 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.

Maps

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Military

War of 1812
  • USGenWeb Archives Some Military Land Grants In Holmes Co. FL For Soldiers Of The War Of 1812 Project
Indian Wars
Civil War
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

Newspapers

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

  • USGenWeb Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library

Obituaries

Probate

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

  • 1784 – 1990 FamilySearch Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
  • 1810 – 1974 Ancestry.com $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974

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.

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.

Birth Records
  • 1880 - 1935 FamilySearch Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records
  • 1837 - 1974 FamilySearch Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974
  • 1830 - 1993 FamilySearch Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993
  • 1822 - 1875 and 1927 - 2001 FamilySearch Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001

Societies and Libraries 

Holmes County Historical Society
412 W. Kansas
Bonifay, FL 3242


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

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

References

  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), Holmes County, Florida Page 135 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).