Holmes County, Florida Genealogy

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

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Holmes County, Florida
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Founded January 8, 1848
County Seat Bonifay
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Quick Dates

Holmes County's civil records start the following years:

Marriage Court Census Land Probate
1902  1900   1850 1900  1902 

County Courthouse

Holmes County Courthouse
201 N Oklahoma Street
Bonifay, FL 32425
Phone 850-547-1100

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage probate, divorce, court and land records.[1]


Parent County

1848--Holmes County was created 8 January 1848 from Jackson County.
County seat: Bonifay [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1870 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


Individual Cemeteries:


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 1,205
1860 1,386 15.0%
1870 10,882 685.1%
1880 1,572 −85.6%
1890 2,170 38.0%
1900 4,336 99.8%
1910 7,762 79.0%
1920 11,557 48.9%
1930 12,850 11.2%
1940 12,924 0.6%
1950 15,447 19.5%
1960 13,988 −9.4%
1970 10,844 −22.5%
1980 10,720 −1.1%
1990 14,723 37.3%
2000 15,778 7.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.


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 Holmes 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.




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


Obituary Project  ~  contains submitted obituaries from U.S.  ~  Hidden Ancestors


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

  • 1902-1909 - Holmes County Marriage Book 1 Index 1902-1909. Batches M744973 and M744974 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1909-1918 - Holmes County Marriage Book 2 and A Index 1909-1918. Batch M744993 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1918-1927 - Holmes County Marriage Books 3 and 4 Index 1918-1927. Batch M744904 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1921-1922 - Holmes County Marriage Book 1 Index 1921-1922. Batch M744880 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Holmes County Public Library
303 North J. Harvey Etheridge Street
Bonifay, Florida 32425

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Holmes County, Florida Page 135 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 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.