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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Florida]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Alachua County'''
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Guide to '''Alachua County Florida genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Alachua County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|Image:FL_ORP.png|Florida Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Alachua County
 
| county = Alachua County
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption FLGenWeb Project
 
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| founded date = December 29
 
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| seat wl = Gainesville
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Alachua County, Florida Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alachua County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alachua County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alachua County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alachua County, Florida Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Alachua County, Florida Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alachua County, Florida Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[[Image:{{FLAlachouaCourthouse}}]]&nbsp;  
 
[[Image:{{FLAlachouaCourthouse}}]]&nbsp;  
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County Clerk has&nbsp;incomplete marriage records from 1837<br>probate records from 1840, land records from 1848 &amp; court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alachua County, Florida. Page 133 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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County Clerk has&nbsp;incomplete marriage records from 1837<br>probate records from 1840, land records from 1848 &amp; court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alachua County, Florida. Page 133 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1824--''' Alachua County was created in 1824 by an act of the Florida Legislature. It was carved from portions of [[Duval County, Florida|Duval]] and [[St. Johns County, Florida|St. Johns]] Counties. Until 1843 its southernmost border was approximately Tampa Bay. While Gainesville is the current County seat, originally a town called Newnansville, located in the northeastern part of the County, was the seat of the county government.  
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'''1824--''' Alachua County was created in 1824 by an act of the Florida Legislature. It was carved from portions of [[Duval County, Florida Genealogy|Duval]] and [[St. Johns County, Florida Genealogy|St. Johns]] Counties. Until 1843 its southernmost border was approximately Tampa Bay. While Gainesville is the current County seat, originally a town called Newnansville, located in the northeastern part of the County, was the seat of the county government.  
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The Second Seminole War slowed the growth of Newnansville and the railroad line bypassed the county seat by running in a diagonal line across the county resulting in a decision to move the county seat nearer the rail lines. This decision was made at a meeting at Boulware Springs on September 6, 1853, resulting in the creation of a new town to be called Gainesville nearer the center of commerce in Alachua County. <br>'''County seat:''' Gainesville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Description ====
  
The Second Seminole War slowed the growth of Newnansville and the railroad line bypassed the county seat by running in a diagonal line across the county resulting in a decision to move the county seat nearer the rail lines. This decision was made at a meeting at Boulware Springs on September 6, 1853, resulting in the creation of a new town to be called Gainesville nearer the center of commerce in Alachua County. <br>'''County seat:''' Gainesville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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The county was named for Chua (Timucuan word for "sinkhole"). The county seat is Gainesville and the county was organized on February 29, 1824. The County is located in the North central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Alachua County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alachua_County,_Florida 04/21/2017.</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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In 1924 Gilchrist County was created from the western most portion of Alachua County  
 
In 1924 Gilchrist County was created from the western most portion of Alachua County  
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For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps"] (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bradford County, Florida|Bradford]]  
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[[Bradford County, Florida Genealogy|Bradford]] {{•}} [[Columbia County, Florida Genealogy|Columbia]] {{•}} [[Gilchrist County, Florida Genealogy|Gilchrist]] {{•}} [[Levy County, Florida Genealogy|Levy]] {{•}} [[Marion County, Florida Genealogy|Marion]] {{•}} [[Putnam County, Florida Genealogy|Putnam]] {{•}} [[Union County, Florida Genealogy|Union]]
*[[Columbia County, Florida|Columbia]]  
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<center>{{ FLAlachua County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Gilchrist County, Florida|Gilchrist]]  
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== Resources  ==
*[[Levy County, Florida|Levy]]  
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*[[Marion County, Florida|Marion]]  
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==== African American  ====
*[[Putnam County, Florida|Putnam]]  
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*[[Union County, Florida|Union]]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/FL/Florida.html USGenWeb] Florida African American Griots Project
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Genealogy
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{FL Cemeteries Intro|Alachua }}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Alachua, Florida''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=11&GScnty=316&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.lhtornow.com/flgw/alachua/cemetery.html FLGenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/fl/alachua/cemetery.html FLGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/florida/alachua.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://floridagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=1 Florida Gravestones]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flalach2/cemeteries.html Alachua County FLGenWeb]
  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/#/ Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|499744|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
== Resources  ==
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Alachua%2C+Florida+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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==== African American  ====
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=316 Findagrave.com]
  
*[http://www.floridablackheritage.com/ FLGenWeb Project African-American Website]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Florida&county=Alachua# Billion Graves]
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/FL/Florida.html Florida African American Griots Project]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
 
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=8310&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&stateAbbv=FL&stateName=florida Alachua County Cemeteries]
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flalach2/cemeteries.html Alachua County FLGenWeb] Cemetery Transcriptions
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/alachua-county-florida-cemetery-records.htm Alachua Florida Cemetery Records]
*[http://www.jepthor.org/CFDocs/common/MenuTemp.cfm Alachua County Virtual Cemeteries] - by Jim Powel, Jr.
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/florida/florida.htm Florida Tombstone Transcription Project]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See '''[[Florida Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
*[http://www.interment.net/us/fl/ Interment.net] - Florida cemetery records by County
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=316 Alachua County cemetery listings at Find-A-Grave ]
 
  
Individual Cemeteries:
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The following web sites may have additional information on Alachua  County cemeteries.
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=13139 Laurel Grove Cemetery, Waldo] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/fl/ Interment.net] Florida cemetery records
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Florida}}  
 
{{Census|Florida}}  
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1783.txt 1783 Spanish Census]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*'''1783''' Spanish Census[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1783.txt USGenWeb Archives Project
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1821west.txt 1821 Census/Tax List Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*'''1821''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1821west.txt USGenWeb Archives Project ]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1823west.txt 1823 Census/Tax List Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*'''1823''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1823west.txt USGenWeb Archives Project
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flalach2/census.html 1850 &amp;&nbsp;1860 Census Indexes] - Alachua County, FLGenWeb
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*'''1850 and 1860''' Census Indexes - Alachua County [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flalach2/census.html FLGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1880afri.txt 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*'''1880''' Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1880afri.txt USGenWeb Archives Project
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/federal.txt Federal Census Information from National Archives]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*Federal Census Information from National Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/federal.txt USGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/statefla.txt State Census Information from Florida State Archives]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*State Census Information from Florida State Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/statefla.txt USGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/pencensus.txt Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/pencensus.txt USGenWeb]
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
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{{FL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/CMBookList.cfm Alachua County Commissioners Minutes] - online database includes minutes from 1847-1992
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*'''1847-1992''' [http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/CMBookList.cfm Alachua County Commissioners Minutes]<br>*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/OBookList.cfm Misc. Records from Alachua County Courts]<br>
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/OBookList.cfm Misc. Records from Alachua County Courts]
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*'''1840-1974''' Wills [http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/WBookList.cfm Alachua County Will Record Books]
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/FrontPage.cfm?BID=602 Alachua County Partial Deed Index] - 1826-1916
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{{FL Land}}
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/CFDocs/ORindex.cfm Alachua County Index to Deed Records]&nbsp; - comprehensive listing of indexes available from the clerk
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/land/nara0233.txt Florida Territorial Land Records]
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*'''1826-1916'''[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/FrontPage.cfm?BID=602 Alachua County Partial Deed Index]<br>*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/CFDocs/ORindex.cfm Alachua County Index to Deed Records]<br>*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/land/nara0233.txt Florida Territorial Land Records]
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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{{FL History}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flalach2/towns/alachua.html Town of Alachua]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flalach2/towns/alachua.html Town of Alachua]  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1870gray.gif 1870 Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of State] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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[[Image:Flalachua.png|300px|Flalachua.png]]
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1882rand.gif 1882 Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of State]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*'''1821-1997''' [http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ Maps of Florida]
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*'''1870''' Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of State [http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1870gray.gif USGenWeb]
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*'''1882''' Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of State [http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1882rand.gif USGenWeb]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/toc/militarystate.html Florida State Military Files&nbsp;] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/toc/militarystate.html USGenWeb Archives Project] Florida State Military Files
*[http://usgwarchives.net/pensions/ Pension Transcriptions]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Florida state pension records from various wars&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Pension Project
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/pensions/USGenWeb Pension Project] Florida state pension records from various wars  
*[http://distantcousin.com/Military/Korea/FL/ Florida Casualties in the Korean Conflict]
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*[http://distantcousin.com/Military/Vietnam/FL/ Florida Casualties in the Vietnam War]
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932369|Florida Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932395|Florida Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1885-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1913411|Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications 1885-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*[http://www.floridamemory.com/collections/pensionfiles/ Florida State Archives] Florida, Confederate Pension Applications Files<br>
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*[http://www.floridamemory.com/collections/civilwarguide/otherrecords.php Florida State Archives] A Guide to Civil War Records at the State Archives of Florida<br>
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*[http://distantcousin.com/Military/Korea/FL/ Distantcousin.com] Florida Casualties in the Korean Conflict
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=====Vietnam War=====
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*[http://distantcousin.com/Military/Vietnam/FL/ Distantcousin.com] Florida Casualties in the Vietnam War
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{FL Newspaper abstracts|Alachua}}
  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library]
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/fl/obitsfl.htm Florida Obituaries]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties -&nbsp; USGenWeb Obituaries Project
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/fl/obitsfl.htm Florida Obituaries] Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties - USGenWeb Obituaries Project
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*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Alachua%2C+Florida+obituaries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/florida/alachuca_county_obituaries.htm Newspaper.net]
  
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==== Probate ====
  
*[http://heritage.acld.lib.fl.us/ Alachua County Public Library Heritage Collection]
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{{FL Probate Intro}}
  
==== Probate ====
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*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/CFDocs/anprobateent2.cfm Alachua County Probate Records Search]
  
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/CFDocs/anprobateent2.cfm Alachua County Probate Records Search]
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1784 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2046765|Florida Probate Records 1784-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1810 – 1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8993 Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
==== Read Estate  ====
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*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/FrontPage.cfm?BID=752 Alachua County Mortgage Index] - 1847-1869
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*'''1847-1869''' [http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/FrontPage.cfm?BID=752 Alachua County Mortgage Index]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{FL Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/anmarrsearch2.cfm Alachua County Marriage Licenses] - search licenses from 1837- May 1973
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{{FL Vital Intro}}
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/WBookList.cfm Alachua County Will Record Books] - from 1840-1974
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===== Birth Records  =====
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*'''1880 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674799|Florida, Births and Christenings}} at FamilySearch.
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===== Death Records  =====
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*'''1877 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1595003|Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939}} at  FamilySearch
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*'''1900 - 1921''' - {{RecordSearch|1674803|Florida, Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921}} at FamilySearch
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*'''1877 - 1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1946805|Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998}} at FamilySearch
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===== Divorce Records  =====
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*'''1927 - 2001''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8837 Florida, Divorce Index] at  Ancestry.com  $
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1830 - 1957''' - {{RecordSearch|2397260|Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1957}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1837 - 1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1674804|Florida, Marriages, index}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1830 - 1993''' -  {{RecordSearch|1803936|Florida, Marriages, index and images}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1822 - 1875 and 1927 - 2001''' - {{RecordSearch|1949340|Florida, Marriage Index}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1837 - 1973''' - [http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/AncientJ/anmarrsearch2.cfm Alachua County Marriage Licenses] - search licenses from 1837- May 1973
 
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives]
 
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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'''Alachua County Genealogical Society'''<br> Post Office Box 12078<br>Gainesville, FL 32604<br>E-mail:[mailto:mmurphy462@aol.com mmurphy462@aol.com]<br>[http://www.afn.org/~acgs/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Archer Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1850<br> Archer, FL 32618<br>Telephone Number: 352-495-2310 General inquiries<br>Telephone Number: 352-495-2289 Museum Inquiries<br>E-mail:[mailto:archerhistorical@gmail.com archerhistorical@gmail.com]<br>[https://sites.google.com/site/archerhistoricalsociety/contacts Website]<br><br>
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*Fl[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-FL-001.html orida State Historical Societies]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Listing by County
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'''Micanopy Historical Society'''<br> 706 NE Cholokka Blvd.<br>PO Box 462<br> Micanopy, FL 32667<br>Telephone Number: 352-466-3200<br>E-mail:[mailto:MHS@MicanopyHistoricalSociety.com MHS@MicanopyHistoricalSociety.com]<br>[http://micanopyhistoricalsociety.com/ Website]<br><br>
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/fl-society-archive/ Random Acts of Kindness] List of Florida Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhc/frameset_fhc.asp FamilySearch] Find a Family History Center
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*[http://www.myfloridahistory.org/ Florida Historical Society]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flsgs/ Florida State Genealogical Society]
  
 
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*[[Gainesville Florida Family History Center]]
 
*[[Gainesville Florida Family History Center]]
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/alachua-county/ Alachua County, FL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109469224279413660242 Florida Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208192675888750/ Florida Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*{{FHL|Florida%2C+Alachua|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/default.cfm Alachua Clerk of the County Court]  
 
*[http://www.clerk-alachua-fl.org/Archive/default.cfm Alachua Clerk of the County Court]  
*The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flalach2/index.html Alachua County FLGenWeb Project], a member of [[FLGenWeb|The FLGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].[http://www.fl-genweb.org/west/alachua/index.html <br>]
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*The [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flalach2/index.html Alachua County FLGenWeb Project], a member of [http://www.flgenweb.org/ The FLGenWeb Project], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].[http://www.fl-genweb.org/west/alachua/index.html <br>]
  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/Alachua/ Alachua County,&nbsp;Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/Alachua/ Alachua County,&nbsp;Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
*[http://www.fl-genweb.org/west/alachua/index.html Alachua County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc.]<br>
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Latest revision as of 21:17, 25 April 2017

United States
Florida
Alachua County

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

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Alachua County, Florida
Map
Map of Florida highlighting Alachua County
Location in the state of Florida
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Facts
Founded December 29, 1824
County Seat Gainesville
Courthouse
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County Information

Alachua County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1837 1830 1826 1840

County Courthouse

Alachua County Florida Courthouse
 

Alachua County Courthouse;
201 E University Ave; PO Box 600;
Gainesville, FL 32601;
Phone: 352.374.3636


County Clerk has incomplete marriage records from 1837
probate records from 1840, land records from 1848 & court records[2]

History

Parent County

1824-- Alachua County was created in 1824 by an act of the Florida Legislature. It was carved from portions of Duval and St. Johns Counties. Until 1843 its southernmost border was approximately Tampa Bay. While Gainesville is the current County seat, originally a town called Newnansville, located in the northeastern part of the County, was the seat of the county government.

The Second Seminole War slowed the growth of Newnansville and the railroad line bypassed the county seat by running in a diagonal line across the county resulting in a decision to move the county seat nearer the rail lines. This decision was made at a meeting at Boulware Springs on September 6, 1853, resulting in the creation of a new town to be called Gainesville nearer the center of commerce in Alachua County.
County seat: Gainesville [3]

Description

The county was named for Chua (Timucuan word for "sinkhole"). The county seat is Gainesville and the county was organized on February 29, 1824. The County is located in the North central area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

In 1843 the northernmost portion of Hernando County was created from the southern most part of Alachua County.

In 1924 Gilchrist County was created from the western most portion of Alachua County

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

Alachua | Archer | Gainesville | Hawthorne | High Springs | LaCrosse | Micanopy | Newberry | Waldo Adams | Alachua II | Alackaway Tolofa | Arno | Arredondo | Arredondo Estates | Beckhamtown | Beville Heights | Bland | Buckingham West | Buda | Burnetts Lake | Cadillac | Campville | Chantilly Acres | Clark | Clinch | Copeland Settlement | Cross Creek | Daysville | Durant Estates | Earleton | Evinston | Fairbanks | Forest Grove | Green Grove | Grove Park | Hague | Haile Plantation | Hainesworth | Half Moon | Hasan | Idylwild | Island Grove | Jonesville | Kanapaha | Kincaid Hills | Kirkwood | Kreftwood Estates | Lake Alto Estates | Lakeview Estates | Lincoln Estates | Lochloosa | Los Trancos Woods | Louise | Malore Gardens | Melrose | Melton Manor | MIcanopy Junction | Monteocha | Newnans Lake Homesites | Newnansville | Northwood | Orange Heights | Paradise | Pine Hill Estates | Pinesville | Rex | Riceland | Robinson Heights | Robinswood | Rochelle | Rocky Point | Ruthland | Rutledge | San Francisco Potano | Santa Fe | Santa Fe Beach | Shadow Lawn Estates | Shannon Wood | Shenks | South Iyldwild | Spring Hill | Suburban Heights | Tacoma | Traxler | Wacahoota | Wade | West Hills | West Park | Wimberly Estates | Windsor

Neighboring Counties

Bradford  • Columbia  • Gilchrist  • Levy  • Marion  • Putnam  • Union

Alachua CountyGilchrist CountyDixie CountyLevy CountyMarion CountyPutnam CountyBradford CountyClay CountyUnion CountySt. Johns CountyFlagler CountyVolusia CountyLake CountySumter CountyCitrus CountyLafayette CountySuwanee CountyColumbia CountyTaylor CountyHamilton CountyMadison CountyBaker CountyDuval CountyNassau CountyFL Alachua.jpg
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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Alachua, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Alachua County cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing Alachua 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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Alachua 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
Korean War
Vietnam War

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

Real Estate

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

Societies and Libraries

Alachua County Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 12078
Gainesville, FL 32604
E-mail:mmurphy462@aol.com
Website

Archer Historical Society
PO Box 1850
Archer, FL 32618
Telephone Number: 352-495-2310 General inquiries
Telephone Number: 352-495-2289 Museum Inquiries
E-mail:archerhistorical@gmail.com
Website


Micanopy Historical Society
706 NE Cholokka Blvd.
PO Box 462
Micanopy, FL 32667
Telephone Number: 352-466-3200
E-mail:MHS@MicanopyHistoricalSociety.com
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), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alachua 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).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Alachua County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alachua_County,_Florida 04/21/2017.