Hamilton County

Where  the beautiful Suwannee River flows.


Home of the

Stephen Foster Memorial in Northern Florida.


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I am Fran Smith, county coordinator for Hamilton Co.  If you have time on your hands and would enjoy helping transcribe documents, photograph tombstones, etc. please let me know.

A Big thank you to Darrel Bell for hosting this website previously.  

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Here's Hamilton.....  County Government Home Page


Duval encompassed much of North Eastern Florida when it was formed from St. John's County in 1824.    In 1827 a new county  was cut from Duval. The name chosen was Hamilton named for Alexander Hamilton, our First Secretary of the Treasury.

Hamilton is bound to the north by Echols and Lowndes Counties in Georgia. This is a very unique county.  Lots of counties in Florida boast of their many lakes.  Not so with Hamilton.  Of course there are a few,  but their claim to fame is being bounded on three sides by rivers.  On the eastern border there is the beautiful Suwannee River made famous by  Stephen Foster's song.  Interestingly enough, Mr. Foster never laid eyes on the river.   The western side and sounthern border are bounded by the Withlachoochee River.  And that isn't the end of it.  Passing throught  north to south is the Alapaha River, nicknamed the "River of Sand" aptly named because during parts of the year the river runs underground leaving a very sandy dry riverbed.

Hamilton has the distincton of having the oldest cemetery in Florida.  Being so old, there are many homes and buildings to enjoy.  History is everywhere.  Many people visit each year to enjoy the rustic old time Florida feeling.  They relish the back to nature vistas that are so relaxing.  

Towns

There are three towns in Hamilton County.  Jasper in the central part, Jennings in the north western part and  White Springs toward the south eastern boundary.  You can almost put a ruler on the map and have the three of them in a row going diagonally through the county.

Florida Map showing where Hamilton County is located.

Events 

#1     FSGS Florida Pioneer Descendants Committee

Do you have an ancestor who lived in the territory of Florida before
1845 statehood?  The Florida Pioneer Descendants Certification
Committee would like to hear from you.

And if your pioneer was born in any county area before it was officially
formed and named, a county award may also be waiting for
you.

Certificates are presented annually at the Florida State Genealogical
Society's Pioneer Banquet each Fall in conjunction with yearly
Conference events.  Your application is an excellent way to honor
those folks who braved hardships to settle previously unknown areas.

For additional information, see the website of Florida State
Genealogical Society at      http://www.flsgs.org/
and click on "Florida Pioneer" at top of page.

Don't put it off much longer! The deadline for submission of your
application and documents will be June 30.

We look forward to celebrating your Florida ancestry with you.



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