Indian River County, Florida Genealogy

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


Indian River County, Florida
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Founded May 30, 1925
County Seat Vero Beach
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County Information

Indian River County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1925 1930 1925 1925

County Courthouse

Indian River Courthouse

Indian River County Courthouse
1840 25th St;
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone. 561-657-8000

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate court and land records from 1925.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[2]


Parent County

1925--Indian River County was created 30 May 1925 from St. Lucie County.  County seat: Vero Beach [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

  • Vero Beach
  • Sebastian
  • Fellsmere
  • Gifford
  • Orchid
  • Indian River Shores
  • Wabasso
  • Winter Beach

Neighboring Counties

Brevard • Okeechobee • Osceola • St. Lucie
Lake CountySeminole CountyVolusia CountyOrange CountyPolk CountyOsceola CountyBrevard CountyIndian River CountyHardee CountyDeSoto CountyCharlotte CountyHighlands CountyGlades CountyOkeechobee CountyMartin CountySt. Lucie CountyFL Indian River.jpg


African American


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


For tips on accessing Indian River 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.



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 Indian River 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 Indian River County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb



Probate records are held by the Indian River County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Indian River 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 $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974


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
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries 

Indian River County Historical Society
PO Box 6535
Vero Beach 32961
Telephone: 772-778-3435

Indian River Genealogical SocietyPO Box 1850
Vero Beach 32961-1850
Telephone: 772-444-7470

Julian W. Lowenstrin, Archive Center & Genealogy Department
Indian River County Main Library
1600 21st Street
Vero Beach, Florida 32960
Telephone: 772-770-5060 x5
Fax: 772-770-5446

Monday-Friday 10 am to Noon; 1-5 pm

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), Indian River 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).