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Broward County, Florida Facts

Broward County

When was Broward County, FL Created?
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.

What is the County Seat of Broward County, FL?
The County Seat is located in Fort Lauderdale also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Browards County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Palm Beach County (north), Miami-Dade County (south), Collier County (west), Hendry County (northwest) .

What cities and towns are in Broward County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the 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, FL Vital Records

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

Vital Records can also be found in the 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, FL Census Records

What Broward County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Broward County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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.

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

Broward County, FL Courthouse and Government Records

Broward County Courthouse

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

  • 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.
  • Florida Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Broward County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Broward Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Broward Co. FL Cemeteries & Church 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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