Baker County, Florida
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Baker County

Baker County was created on February 8, 1861 from New River County. This county was named for James McNair Baker (1821–1892), a Confederate senator and later a judge in the fourth judicial district.

The Baker County Seat is located in Macclenny also, the county government website is www.bakercountyfl.org/.

Areas bordering to Baker County are Charlton County, Georgia (north), Ware County, Georgia (north), Nassau County (northeast), Duval County (east), Clay County (southeast), Union County (south), Bradford County (south), Columbia County (west), Clinch County, Georgia (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Baker County include Macclenny Glen St. Mary.

Baker County vital records can be found at the Florida Office of Vital Records which has copies of Birth & Deaths reported 1917 to present and Divorce & Marriages since June 6, 1927. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Florida for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Baker County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Florida Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Baker County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Baker Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Baker Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Baker Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Baker Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • The principal battle of the Civil War in Florida was fought in this county at Olustee, the Federal forces being defeated and the interior of Florida saved from invasion. A monument marks the battlefield.

Baker County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Baker County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Baker County Courthouse and Government Records


Baker County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Baker County court, probate, and land documents as a source of family history and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Florida courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Florida residents.


Old Baker County Courthouse

The chances are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of factors of their lives in the Baker County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The below facts shows what death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records are usually in Baker County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Courthouse, constructed in 1888, was lost to fire.

Make sure you call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details before visiting or inquiring about information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of employees will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to undertake the researching.
  • Baker County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 339 E. Macclenny Avenue, Suite 113, Macclenny, FL 32063
  • Baker County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
    • Phone: (904) 259-8113
    • Marriage Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1877
    • Probate Records: 1877
    • Court Records: 1880
  • Baker County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
  • Baker County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.

Baker County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Baker County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is just a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Baker County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Baker Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Baker Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Baker Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Baker Co. FL Census Records

Baker Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Baker Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Baker Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Baker Co. FL General and History Websites

Baker Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Baker Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Baker Co. FL Military Records

Baker Co. FL Schools & Directories

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