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Bradford County, Florida Facts

Bradford County

When was Bradford County, FL Created?
Bradford County was created on December 21, 1858 from Columbia County (originally named New River County Name until December 6, 1861). This county was named for Richard Bradford, the first officer from Florida to die in the Civil War; he was killed during the Battle of Santa Rosa Island.

What is the County Seat of Bradford County, FL?
The County Seat is located in Starke also, the county government website is www.bradford-co-fla.org/.

What counties are adjacent to Bradfords County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Baker County (north), Clay County (east), Putnam County (southeast), Alachua County (south), Union County (west).

What cities and towns are in Bradford County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hampton, Lawtey, Starke Brooker.


Bradford County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Bradford County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bradford 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 Bradford 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 Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Bradford 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.


Bradford County, FL Census Records

What Bradford County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bradford County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bradford Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bradford Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bradford Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860.

There are Florida State censuses from 1867, 1875, 1885, 1935, 1945. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Florida Census Records Research Guide


Bradford County, FL Courthouse and Government Records


Bradford County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bradford County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bradford County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Florida Corthouse Records Research Guide.


Old Bradford County Courthouse
  • Bradford County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Drawer B, Starke, FL 32091 or 945 N. Temple Ave., Starke, FL 32091
  • Bradford 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) 966-6280 Fax (904) 966-6256
    • Marriage Records: 1875
    • Land Records: 1875
    • Probate Records: 1868 
    • Court Records: 1875
  • Bradford 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.
  • Florida Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Bradford County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bradford County, FL?
A list of Bradford County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Florida Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Bradford County, FL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bradford County, FL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bradford 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.

Bradford Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bradford Co. FL Cemeteries & Church Records

Bradford Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bradford Co. FL General and History Websites

Bradford Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Bradford Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bradford Co. FL Military Records

Bradford Co. FL Schools & Directories

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