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  • Palm Beach County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Dade County.
    Established:  30-Apr-1909
    County Seat:  West Palm Beach, Florida

    County history - Palm Beach County is named for the town of Palm Beach.

    Palm Beach Courthouse
    GHLL PalmBeach County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - PalmBeach County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - PalmBeach County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Palm Beach County Genealogical Society / West Palm Beach, FL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Society of Palm Beach / West Palm Beach, FL)
    7. US/FLGenWeb site - PalmBeach County Archives
    8. US/FLGenWeb - PalmBeach County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Palm Beach County Health Dept., 800 Clematis Street - 1st floor, West Palm Beach, FL. 33401.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Martin County (north), Atlantic Ocean (east), Broward County (south),
             Hendry County (west), Lake Okeechobee (northwest).

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  • Pasco County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 17, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Hernando County.
    Established:  02-Jun-1887
    County Seat:  Dade City, Florida

    County history - Pasco County is named in honor of Samuel Pasco (1834 1917), United States Senator at the time of creation of the county.

    Pasco Courthouse
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Pasco County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pasco County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clearwater Historical Society & Museum / Clearwater, FL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Florida Baptist Historical Society / Graceville, FL)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pasco County Genealogical Society / Dade City, FL)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pasco County Historical Society / Dade City, FL)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pasco County Historical Preservation Society / Hudson, FL)
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (West Pasco County Genealogical Society / New Port Richey, FL)
    11. US/FLGenWeb site - Pasco County Archives
    12. US/FLGenWeb - Pasco County Genealogy & History
    13. Vital Records - Pasco County Health Department, 10841 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hernando County (north), Sumter County (northeast), Polk County
             (southeast), Hillsborough County (south), Pinellas County (southwest).

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  • Pinellas County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 25, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Hillsborough County.
    Established:  23-May-1911
    County Seat:  Clearwater, Florida

    County history - Pinellas County is named from the Spanish Punta Pi al, meaning "Point of Pines" or "Piney Point".

    Pinellas Courthouse
    1. Pinellas County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Pinellas County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Pinellas County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Pinellas County Genealogical Society / Largo, FL)
    4. Pinellas County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Pinellas County Historical Society / Seminole, FL)
    5. Pinellas County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Pinellas County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Pinellas County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Pinellas County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. Pinellas County Vital Records - Pinellas County Public Health Department, Center Bay Building, 4175 East Bay Drive, Suite 160, Clearwater, FL 33764.


  • Polk County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 20, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Brevard and Hillsborough counties.
    Established:  08-Feb-1861
    County Seat:  Bartow, Florida

    County history - Polk County is named in honor of James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 - June 15, 1849) was the 11th President of the United States (1845 - 1849). He promised to serve only one term and did not run for reelection. He died of cholera three months after his term ended.

    Polk Courthouse
    GHLL Polk County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Polk County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Imperial Polk Genealogical Society / Kathleen, FL)
    6. US/FLGenWeb site - Polk County Archives
    7. US/FLGenWeb - Polk County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Polk County Health Department, 1290 Golfview Avenue, 4th Floor, Bartow, FL 33830.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lake County (north), Orange County (northeast), Osceola County
             (east), Okeechobee County (southeast), Highlands County (southeast),
             Hardee County (south), Manatee County (southwest), Hillsborough
                County
    (west), Sumter County (northwest), Pasco County (northwest).

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  • Putnam County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  May 17, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Alachua, Marion, Orange and St Johns Counties.
    Established:  13-Jan-1849
    County Seat:  Palatka, Florida

    County history - Putnam County is named in honor of Major Benjamin Alexander Putnam (1801-1869), of St. Augustine, prominent attorney and officer in the Second Seminole War. Benjamin Alexander Putnam was also the first president of the Florida Historical Society.

    Putnam Courthouse
    1. Putnam County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Putnam County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Putnam County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Putnam County Historical Society / Palatka, FL)
    4. Putnam County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Putnam County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Putnam County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Putnam County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Putnam County Vital Records - Polk County Health Dept., 2801 Kennedy Street, Palatka, FL 32177-4100.

    9. Putnam County - Kindred Trails site


  • Saint Johns County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 25, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands of (then) Spain [an original County].
    Established:  21-Jul-1821
    County Seat:  Saint Augustine, Florida

    County history - Saint Johns County name is derived from the St. Johns River, which in turn derives its name from San Juan del Puerto, a Roman Catholic mission founded before 1587 on Fort George Island, near the mouth of the St. Johns River in what is now Jacksonville, Florida. At the time of the mission's founding Fort George Island was occupied by Timucuas under the chief Saturiwa. Guale refugees from the Georgia coast were settled at the mission after 1650. The mission was abandoned around 1702.


    Saint Johns Courthouse
    1. Saint Johns County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Saint Johns County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Saint Johns County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Saint Johns County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Saint Johns County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Saint Johns County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Saint Johns County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Saint Johns County Vital Records - Saint Johns County P.H.U., 180 Marine Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

    9. Saint Johns County - Genealogy & History (an independent website)
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Saint Autustine Genealogical Society / Saint Autustine, FL)


  • Saint Lucie County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 31, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Brevard and Mosquito Counties.
    Established:  01-Jul-1905
    County Seat:  Fort Pierce, Florida

    County history - Saint Lucie County:  It is believed that the name "Saint Lucie" was first introduced to the area by the Spanish. In 1565 Fort Santa Lucia was built by the Spanish, at the Jupiter Inlet. Construction for this fort began on December 13th, the feast day of the Roman Catholic Saint Lucia (283  304). Pedro Menendez de Aviles established a colony in 1567 called "Santa Lucia" somewhere between Vero Beach and Stuart. Old Spanish maps identify the area as Santa Lucia.
             The current Saint Lucie County was known as East Florida in 1810. In 1821 the area was renamed St. Johns County. St. Johns was split into several counties in 1840 and this area became Mosquito County. Ten years later the Mosquito County area is slashed into two new counties and our area becomes St. Lucie for the first time. Thirty more years pass and in 1880 the borders are again changes and we become Brevard County. On July 1, 1905 St. Lucie County, Florida is established with Fort Pierce as the county seat.




    Saint Lucie Courthouse
    1. Saint Lucie County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Saint Lucie County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Society/Museum/Assn - (Port St. Lucie Historical Society / Port St. Lucie, FL)
    4. Society/Museum/Assn - (Saint Lucie County Historical Society / Fort Pierce, FL)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Treasure Coast Genealogical Society / Fort Pierce, FL)
    6. Saint Lucie County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    7. Saint Lucie County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    8. Saint Lucie County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    9. Saint Lucie County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    10. Saint Lucie County Vital Records - St. Lucie County Health Dept., Vital Statistics, 5150 NW Milner Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983.


  • Santa Rosa County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  May 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Escambia County.
    Established:  18-Feb-1842
    County Seat:  Milton, Florida

    County history - Santa Rosa County is named in honor of Santa Rosa Island, which is in turn named for Saint Rosa de Viterbo (1235-1252), a saint born in Viterbo, Italy.

    Santa Rosa Courthouse
    1. Santa Rosa County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Santa Rosa County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
          Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County (GSSRC)
          P.O. Box 3
          Milton, Florida 32572-0003
          (see US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History - below)

    3. Santa Rosa County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    4. Santa Rosa County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    5. Santa Rosa County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    6. Santa Rosa County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    7. Santa Rosa County Vital Records - Santa Rosa County Clerk, 801 Caroline, SE, Milton, FL 32570-4978.


  • Sarasota County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  May 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Manatee County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1921
    County Seat:  Sarasota, Florida

    County history - Sarasota County is named for a word in the indigenous Calusa (Native American), language, whose meaning may mean, point of rocks.

    Sarasota Courthouse
    1. Sarasota County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Sarasota County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Sarasota County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Historical Society of Sarasota County / Sarasota, FL)
    4. Sarasota County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Sarasota County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Sarasota County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sarasota County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sarasota County Vital Records - Sarasota Vital Records Dept., 2200 Ringling Blvd, Rm 139, P.O. Box 2658, Sarasota, FL 34230.


  • Suwannee County, Florida —

    Information Updated for:  MMM DD, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of ............................................................. on xx-xxx-xxxx.
    Established:  xx-xxx-xxxx
    County Seat:  County Seat Name, Florida

    County history - Suwannee County is named in honor of blah, blah, blah, blah.

    Suwannee Courthouse
    GHLL Suwannee County Package:
    1. Society/Museum/Assn - (Suwannee Valley [County] Genealogical Society / Live Oak, FL)
    More to be added...


    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Union County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Bradford County.
    Established:  20-May-1921
    County Seat:  Lake Butler, Florida

    County history - Union County:  "Union", a common name for the Northern side in the American Civil War, named to honor the concept of unity.

    Union Courthouse
    1. Union County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Union County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Union County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Union County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Union County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Union County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Union County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Union County Vital Records - Union County Health Dept., 495 E Main Street, Lake Butler, FL 32054.


  • Volusia County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Lucas County.
    Established:  29-Dec-1854
    County Seat:  De Land, Florida

    County history - Volusia County is named in honor of The port of Volusia, whose etymology is unknown. In 1821 the state of Florida was divided in half with the east side of the state named St. Johns County. Then in 1824, it was organized as Mosquito County. A few years later, the territory now included in Orange, Brevard and Volusia counties was formed into a seperate county and called Orange County. Volusia and a part of what is now Brevard was cut off from Orange county in 1854.

    Volusia Courthouse
    1. Volusia County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Volusia County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Volusia County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Volusia County Genealogical Society / Daytona Beach, FL)
    4. Volusia County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Volusia County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Volusia County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Volusia County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Volusia County Vital Records - Volusia County Health Dept., 1845 Holsonback Dr, P.O. Box 9190 Daytona Beach, FL 32117.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Halifax Historical Museum / Daytona Beach, FL)

      Census Information:
    10. Volusia County - 1870 Census


  • Wakulla County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  May 6, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Leon County.
    Established:  11-Mar-1843
    County Seat:  Crawfordville, Florida

    County history - Wakulla County is named for the Wakulla River, itself named for a Spanish corruption of a Timucuan (Native American people), word of unknown origin.

    Wakulla Courthouse
    1. Wakulla County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Wakulla County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Wakulla County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Wakulla County Historical Society / Crawfordville, FL)
    4. Wakulla County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Wakulla County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Wakulla County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Wakulla County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Wakulla County Vital Records - Wakulla County Health Department, 48 Oak Street, Crawfordville, FL 32327.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Wakulla Genealogy Group / Crawfordville, FL)


  • Washington County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  May 6, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Jackson and Walton Counties.
    Established:  09-Dec-1825
    County Seat:  Chipley, Florida

    County history - Washington County is named in honor of George Washington (1732-1799), first President of the United States.

    Washington Courthouse
    GHLL Washington County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Washington County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Washington County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Washington County Genealogical Society
          205 Wells Avenue
          Chipley, FL 32428

    5. US/FLGenWeb site - Washington County Archives
    6. US/FLGenWeb - Washington County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Washington County Health Department, P.O. Box 648, Chipley, FL 32428.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Holmes County (north), JJackson County (northeast), Bay County (south),
             Walton County (west).

        Washington County - History and Historic Sites

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    Census Information:
        1830 Census (T) - Federal Census, Washington County (Text: 2 pages [1, a note page).
        1940 Census (T) - Federal Census, Washington County (Text: 26 pages, each with sub-pages).


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