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Brevard County, Florida

Brevard County

Brevard County was created on January 6, 1844 from Mosquito County (originally named Formerly St. Lucie County until January 6, 1855). This county was named for Theodore Washington Brevard, early settler and later state comptroller from 1853 to 1861.

The Brevard County Seat is located in Titusville also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Brevard County are Volusia County (north), Indian River County (south), Osceola County (southwest), Orange County (west), Seminole County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Brevard County include Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, West Melbourne Grant-Valkaria, Indialantic, Malabar, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Palm Shores.

Brevard 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 Brevard 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.

Brevard County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Brevard Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Brevard Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Brevard Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Brevard Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • It was the scene of early Spanish and French exploration and temporary colonization. One of the early Spanish Missions was established there.
  • Blockade runners used its harbors and inlets during the Civil War.
  • Ponce de Leon and his men first sighted Florida March 27, 1513, the point observed being Cape Canaveral.
  • Some 200 French Huguenots surrendered to Menendez in this area, November, 1565.

Brevard County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Brevard County Courthouse and Government Records

Brevard County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Brevard 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.

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 Brevard 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 Brevard County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Record Loss, unknown causes

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.
  • Brevard County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 999, Titusville, FL 32781-0999 or 400 South Street, Titusville, FL 32780
  • Brevard 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: (321) 637-2017
    • Marriage Records: 1868
    • Land Records: 1871
    • Probate Records: 1877 
    • Court Records: 1879
  • Brevard 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.
  • Brevard 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.

Brevard County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Brevard 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 Brevard County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Brevard Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Brevard Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Brevard Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Brevard Co. FL Census Records

Brevard Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Brevard Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Brevard Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Brevard Co. FL General and History Websites

Brevard Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Brevard Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Brevard Co. FL Military Records

Brevard Co. FL Schools & Directories

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