Duval County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to Duval County Florida genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Duval County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Founded August 12, 1822
County Seat Jacksonville
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County Courthouse

Duval County Courthouse
330 E Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904.630.2028

Clerk Circuit Court has divorece, court and
land records from 1921.
County Judge has marriage and probate records. [1]


Parent County

1822--Duval County was created 12 August 1822 from St. Johns County.
County seat: Jacksonville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Biographies at Duval Co, FLGenWeb

Acosta, William I. (see Scott & Acosta below)
Baker & Holmes (Baker, John D. & Holmes, J. Dobbin) - pp. 156-157
Baldwin, Dr. A. S. - pp. 148-150
Bryan, Captain James A. - pp. 184-185
Buckman, Henry H. - pp. 152-153
Campbell, A. B. - p. 163
Campbell. J. R. (Jeremiah Rockwell) - pp. 165-166
Carter, William R. - p. 161
Clark, Harrison W. - pp. 169-171
Coachman, Walter F. - p. 185
Da Costa, Charles W. - p. 172
Des Rochers, J. M. (John Mowbray) - p. 183
Doggett, John L. - p. 152
Driscoll, Captain W. J. (William J.) - pp. 181-182
Fleming, Ex-Governor (Francis P. Fleming) - pp. 151
Fletcher, Hon. D. U. (Duncan U.) - pp. 183-184
Greeley, Hon. J. C. (Jonathan C.) - pp. 180-181
Harkisheimer, Major William J. - p. 153-155
Hartridge, Augustus G. - p. 177
Hartridge, Hon. John E. - pp. 175-176
Hawthorne, F. W. - see Journals and Journalists
Knight, Raymond D. - pp. 161-162
Livingston, C. O. (Charles Ondis) - pp. 174-175
Mattair, Captain L. H. (Lewis Henry) - pp. 182-183
McMurray, Hon. P. E. - pp. 157-158
Merrill, A. R. (Alexander R.) - p. 173
Merrill, J. E. (James Eugene) - p. 173
Metcalf, Lorrettus S. - pp. 186-188
Phillips, Judge Henry B. - pp. 155-156
Schumacher, James M. - pp. 158-160
Scott & Acosta (Scott, John R. & Acosta, William I.) - pp. 168-169
Scott, John R. (see Scott & Acosta above)
Stevens, A. D. (Arthur D.) - p. 174
Stillman, John E. - p. 188
Stockton Family, The - pp. 177-179
Stockton, Thomas T. - pp. 179-180
Towns, Charles B. - pp. 165-168
Turner, Major M. P. (Michael P.) - p. 165
Ware, William S. - pp. 163-165
Wurts, John - p. 160



Findagrave.com lists over 130 cemeteries in Duval County, Florida


For tips on accessing Duval County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

The 1885 Florida State Population Census includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, manufacture and mortality.


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

  • Jacksonville
  • Panama Park
  • Springfield
  • Wesconnett

Cities and Towns

Cities and Towns of Duval Co, FLGenWeb

Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Jacksonville,Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach



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 Duval 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.

British West Florida at Duval Co, FLGenWeb

History of Duval Co, FLGenWeb

The Book of Jacksonville: a history, Brown, S. Paul, 1895

City Officials, 1893-95

Government Building, The

Jacksonville's Churches

Jacksonville's Hotels

Jacksonville's Mayors

Journals and Journalists



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Duval County:

October 1-3, 1862 = St. John’s Bluff[3]

Map showing Civil War battles in Florida.


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

African-American Newspapers of Florida


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


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.


Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Duval County, Florida. Page 134 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 26 June 2012).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/54/Igiflorida.pdf.