Jefferson County, Florida Genealogy

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

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Jefferson County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Facts
Founded January 6, 1827
County Seat Monticello
Courthouse
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County Information

Jefferson County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1827 1830 1827 1900

County Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse
Courthouse #10; PO Box 547;
Monticello, FL 32344
Phone: 850.342.0218

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1840,
divorce records from 1900, probate and court records from 1850
and land records from 1827. [2]

History

Parent County

1827--Jefferson County was created 6 January 1827 from Leon County.
County seat: Monticello [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

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Brooks County, Georgia • Leon • Madison • Taylor • Thomas County, Georgia • Wakulla
Miller County, GeorgiaMitchell County, GeorgiaColquitt County, GeorgiaCook County, GeorgiaLowndes County, GeorgiaBrooks County, GeorgiaThomas County, GeorgiaGrady County, GeorgiaDecatur County, GeorgiaGadsden CountyLiberty CountyFranklin CountyLeon CountyWakulla CountyJefferson CountyMadison CountyTaylor CountyLafayette CountyDixie CountySeminole County, GeorgiaFL Jefferson.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 Jefferson County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.


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.

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Jefferson 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

Civil War
- 1st Regiment, North Carolina Cavalry, Company A
Korean War
Vietnam War

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

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
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Jefferson County Genealogical Society
695 East Washington Street
Monticello 32344-2546

Jefferson County Historical Association
PO Box 496
Monticello, Florida 32345
230 North Jefferson Street
Monticello, Florida 32344
Telephone: 850-997-2465
Website

Keystone Genealogical Society
PO Box 50
Monticello, FL 32344
Telephone: 904-997-3304


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), Jefferson 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).
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