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Marriage Records








Census Records


Research Tips/Tricks

Genealogical Records

Maps of Holmes County

Marriage Announcements

Birth Announcements

Divorce Announcements

Other Legal Announcements


Helpful Publications

Headlines - Holmes County Advertiser




State of Florida,  Dept of Health
Vital Statistics
1217 Pearl Street
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL  32231-0042
Tel: 904-359-6900
At the top of the page, in the drop down menu, choose "Certificates, Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce" to see important information about records available, current fees, and forms that can be printed to order records.

Records Available:
Birth - Limited records of Florida births dating from 1865
Death - Limited Florida death records dating from 1877
Marriage - Marriage records dating back to June 1927. Records before this date are only available from the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the marriage license was issued. Marriage records filed in the office beginning 1972 also include the marriage application.
Divorce - Florida divorces dating from June 1927. Divorces occurring before this date are only available from the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the divorce was granted. A fire in Jacksonville in May of 1901 destroyed most records prior to that date. 

Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States, General Land Office
The official land patent records site. "This site provides live database and image access to more than two million federal land title records for the Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908." (Quoted from the site)
Go directly to the Florida search page
Review by Melinda Heath: The site holds a lot of information for Holmes County researchers. If you need to know if your ancestor owned land in Holmes County, go here. If there is a record here, you will get to see a .tif image of the record (You may need to download their image viewer). There are a few other states listed also. Be forewarned that this is a for profit site. Viewing the images is free, but if you want actual copies of the records you find here, you will have to order and pay for them.

State Library of Florida
Florida Collection
Division of Library & Information Services
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Tel: 904-487-2651

Florida State Archives
Bureau of Archives Management
Division of Library & Information Services
Public Services Section
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Tel: 904-487-2073

Florida State Archives Photographic Collection (Over 790,000 photographs)

Florida Division of Historical Resources
500 S. Bronough Street
Tallassee, FL 32399
Tel: 904-488-1480

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10249
Tallahassee, Florida 32302

Florida Historical Society
1320 Highland Avenue
Melbourne, FL 32935
Tel: 407-259-0947

FLORIDA COUNTIES -- Dates of Creation

Florida Department of Transportation -- County Maps:  These maps sell for $0.30 each; most counties have just one map, but a few have two.  The maps shows three features that genealogy researchers like that are not on most other maps:  (1) the townships, ranges, and sections, if you are investigating land deeds, and some land grants as well; (2) many of the rural churches and cemeteries, and (3) many of the rural towns, subdivisions, and state management areas by name, but not all.  These maps ARE NOT genealogically useful for URBAN areas.  There are 67 counties but who needs all the counties?   There are legends, but no indices on the maps; you need to search the map for a particular name or place.  The above web site gives you the details to acquire your own county maps.

Seminole Tribe of Florida - History

Ellis Island (New York) -- Wall of Honor

The Internet SleuthThis is a fantastic search site.  You can search for Families on the Web, several Kentucky indexes, Mayflower Database, British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors, Kentucky Death Index, etc.  Try it!

Buffalo BarracksThis is a searchable database of over 1,650 U S Regular Army solider who once served at the short-lived Buffalo Barracks between 1835 and 1846.  Many of these soldiers fought in the Florida Indian Wars, and then went to the fight in the Mexican War and the Civil War.

LDS online

University of Florida (Gainesville) LibrariesOnline catalog and tons of other information

Civil War Military Units in Florida

The Handbook of Texas Online:   An encyclopedia of Texas History, geography and culture, this web site comprises more than 23,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions and other categories.

Huguenot Refugees Ship List:   These refugee list, two ship loads, came into Jamestown in the 1700's.

Old Virginia and Kentucky Historical MapsAre you researching Old Virginia and Kentucky?  Check out "Historical Maps of Kentucky and Her Counties Dating from 1780 - 1837"

Confederate Pension Records:   Check it out!  The National Archives and Records Administration has a web site listing repositories for Confederate pension records.  The veteran was eligible to apply for a pension to the state in which he lived, even if he served in a unit from another state.

Fairfax County (VA) Public Library Historical Newspaper Index:  Online index to more than one million birth, death and marriage announcements, photographs, advertisement and other items for some years from eight Northern Virginia newspapers, including the "Alexandria Gazette" (1785 - 1788), the  "Fairfax Herald" (1886 - 1973), the "Arlington County Record" (1932 - 1933), the "Fairfax County Independent" (1929 - 1932), the "Fairfax City Times" (1961 - 1968), the "Fairfax News" (1872 - 1875), the "Fairfax News-Herndon Observer" (1925 - 1943), and "The Rambler, Washington Star"   (1912 - 1928).  Information is available at the site about how to obtain by mail a copy of an article referenced in the index. (Previously published by Julia M Case and Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG, Missing Links: A Weekly Newsletter for Genealogists, Vol 4, No 8, February 19, 1999.  Please visit the MISSING LINKS web page.)

People of Color in Old Tennessee:     This is a resource page for people researching African American Ancestry in this part of the south.  It has a link for a mailing list, people of color of the Old South, various references and a query page.

Notable Women Ancestors:  This site collects biographies of women, some well known and some not .. a number of them are women who pioneered in the South.  You may find something of use or interest, or you may want to contribute information.

GED2GO:    Go here to download a demo version (filename: of a program that deletes living persons from GEDCOM files.

  Website exists for Old ItemsHere is a nice site where people list items they have found and will sell, such as old bibles, old letters, old certificates, anything!   Also, there is a place on this site to register that you are looking for things of a specific surname.  You can register for an automatic e-mail to come to you when there are 10 or 20 additions to the page.  (Thanks, Mona!)

TRACKING YOUR ROOTS:   Considering the migration pattern that "early" Holmes County settlers might have followed, the fact that AL is contiguous to the FL state border , and the fact that the AL/FL border has "moved" several times, this might be a good place to check out!  (Thanks, Maggie!)

IN SEARCH OF ...:  A new project has been formed.  It is a free offer being made for anyone needing a search done in a cemetery for genealogy purposes.  If there is a cemetery you would like to have someone do a search for you, please send the request to   This request will be matched with a volunteer willing to do the search.  The hope is that along with requests for searches, you will be able to offer to search a cemetery in your town for someone else.  This is a free service to connect the "requests" and the "volunteers". 

HAMILTON County, Florida Birth and Death Records:  Birth and Death Records are available for Hamilton County, Florida through 1949.  To obtain information, write to this address: 

                            Hamilton County Health Department
                            PO Box 267
                            Jasper FL  32052-0267

                            Phone Number:  904-792-1414

Records requested prior to 1949 must be directed to the:

                            Office of Vital Statistics
                            Department of Health
                            PO Box 210
                            Jacksonville FL  32231-0210

                            Phone Number:  904-359-6900

For more information, please visit

ASK ANY QUESTION -- you can go here and ask most "any question" and volunteer experts are supposed to be able to answer it.   Try it out -- let us know.

WHERE TO WRITE FOR VITAL RECORDS -- Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces:  As part of its mission to provide access to data and information relating to the health of the Nation, the National Center for Health Statistics produces a number of publications containing reference and statistical materials.  The purpose of this publication is solely to provide information about individual vital records maintained only on file in State or local vital statistics office.

An official certificate of every birth, death, marriage, and divorce should be on file in the locality where the event occurred.  The Federal Government does not maintain files or indexes of these records.  These records are file permanently either in a State vital statistics office or in a city, county, or other local office.

To obtain a certified copy of any of the certificates, write or go to the vital statistics office in the State or area  where the event occurred.   Addresses and fees are given for each event in the State or area concerned.

SURNAME TO SOUNDEX CODE: The soundex system is the means established by the National Archives to index the U S censuses (beginning with 1880).  It codes together surnames of the same and similar sound but of variant spellings.  Soundexes are arranged by state, Soundex code of the surname, and given given.