Broward County, Florida
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Broward County

Broward County was created on April 30, 1915 from Dade County and Palm Beach County. This county was named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward (1857–1910), 19th Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909.

The Broward County Seat is located in Fort Lauderdale also, the county government website is www.co.broward.fl.us.

Areas bordering to Broward County are Palm Beach County (north), Miami-Dade County (south), Collier County (west), Hendry County (northwest) .

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Broward County include Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston, Wilton Manors Davie, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Pembroke Park, Southwest Ranches. Villages Include Lazy Lake, Sea Ranch Lakes..

Broward 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 Broward 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.

Broward County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830 (as Florida Territory), 1840 (as Florida Territory), 1850, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Broward Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Broward Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Broward 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.

Broward Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • The site of county seat was originally a fort used in the Seminole War.
  • January, 1836, the Colee massacre occurred within the present limits of Ft. Lauderdale.

Broward County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Broward County Courthouse and Government Records


Broward County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Broward 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 Broward 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 following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Broward county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

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.
  • Broward County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 201 S. E. 6th Street, Room 136, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • Broward 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: (954) 831-7019 
    • Marriage Records: 1915
    • Land Records: 1915
    • Probate Records: 1917 
    • Court Records: 1915
  • Broward 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.
  • Broward 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.

Broward County Links

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

Broward Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Broward Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Broward Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Broward Co. FL Census Records

Broward Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Broward Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Broward Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Broward Co. FL General and History Websites

Broward Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Broward Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Broward Co. FL Military Records

Broward Co. FL Schools & Directories

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