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

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Palm Beach County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Facts
Founded April 30, 1909
County Seat West Palm Beach
Courthouse
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County Information

Palm Beach County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1909 1830 1909 1909

County Courthouse

Palm Beach County Courthouse
301 N Olive Ave;
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-4705
Phone: 561.355.2754

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records. [2]

History

Like a mighty Banyan: contribution of Black people to the history of Palm Beach County. editor, Vivian Reissland Rouson-Gossett ; associate editor, C. Spencer Pompey. - Palm Beach County, FLA.: Palm Beach Junior College, [1982]. - 96 p. F317.P2 L54 1982

History Palm Beach

Index page at the Palm Beach FLGenWeb

Parent County

1909--Palm Beach County was created 30 April 1909 from Dade County.
County seat: West Palm 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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

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 FLGenWeb
Tombstone Project Interment.net
Florida Gravestones Veterans Administration National Cemeteries
Billion Graves

Census

For tips on accessing Palm Beach 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

FLGenWeb Palm Beach

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Palm Beach W.

Cities and Towns

FLGenWeb, Palm Beach County Cities and Towns

Court

Directories

1923 Palm Beach FLGenWeb 1954 FLGenWeb 1956 American-Finish FLGenWeb 1978 Phone Book FLGenWeb

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.

Land Grants of Palm Beach Co FLGenWeb

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Palm Beach 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.

Hurricanes, The Case of the Disappearing Ancestor; Palm Beach Co, FLGenWeb

Immigration

NARA Ships Passenger Lists 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

Maps

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Military

Civil War
Korean War
Vietnam War

Newspapers

Current Newspapers of Palm Beach Co Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Courtesy of The Boca Raton Historical Society Archives:

Obituaries

Probate

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

Vital Recordsof the Palm Beach Co, FLGenWeb

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

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.


Genealogical Societies

Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County
P.O. Box 17617
3650 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33416
(561) 616-3455
Email General Inquiry:
Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County

Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
P.O. Box #7796
Delray Beach, FL 33482-7796
Mark Jacobson 561-487-9165
Dennis Rice 561-738-7477
Mitch Heide 561-926-4311
Website

Palm Beach County Genealogical Society, Inc.
100 Clematis Street, P. O. Box 1746
West Palm Beach, FL
33402-1746
(561) 832-3279

Palm Beach County Library
3650 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
(561) 233-2600
Website

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), Palm Beach County, Florida Page 136 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).