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Bradford County, Florida

Bradford County

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.

The Bradford County Seat is located in Starke also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Bradford County are Baker County (north), Clay County (east), Putnam County (southeast), Alachua County (south), Union County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Bradford County include Hampton, Lawtey, Starke Brooker.

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 Application to mail.

Bradford County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Bradford Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Naturally Bradford County shared the early struggles of the district and suffered minor damage during the Civil War.
  • Bradford Telegraph, one of Florida's oldest weekly newspapers, founded in 1879.

Bradford County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Bradford County Courthouse and Government Records

Bradford County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Bradford 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 Bradford 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 Bradford 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 Bradford County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. The original Lake Butler courthouse was burned in 1865, reportedly to destroy a murder indictment along with all other county records. A second courthouse burned in 1875

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Bradford County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Bradford Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bradford Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bradford Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bradford Co. FL Census Records

Bradford Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Bradford Co. FL Church & Bible 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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