Duval County, Florida

Duval County

Duval County was created on August 12, 1822 from Saint Johns County. This county was named for William Pope Duval (1784–1854), the first governor of the Florida Territory.

The Duval County Seat is located in Jacksonville also, the county government website is www.coj.net/.

Areas bordering to Duval County are  Nassau County (north), St. Johns County (southeast), Clay County (southwest), Baker County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Duval County include Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach.

Duval 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 Duval 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.

Duval 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 Duval 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.

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

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

Duval Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • This county included the site of one of the first white settlements in what is now the United States.
  • French Huguenots founded a village and fort on the St. Johns River in 1564.
  • A year later Spanish from St. Augustine destroyed the settlement, killing most of the people. They occupied the fort and were, in turn, destroyed by a French expedition in 1567.
  • Another fort, San Mateo was built by the Spanish and missions set up along the St. Johns River.
  • During the English occupation of Florida this section prospered. Duval County territory was part of the American "Republic of Florida" estab-lished in 1812.
  • After the United States bought Florida, Jacksonville, now the largest city in the State, was established at "Cow Ford", where King's Road crossed the St. Johns River. The settlement suffered from Civil War, yellow fever and destruction by fire but it came out stronger and better after each period of destruction.
  • First store within present city of Jacksonville opened in 1818 on the south side of present Adams Street by William G. Dawson and John R. Buckles.

Duval County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Duval County Courthouse and Government Records


Duval County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Duval 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 Duval 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 Duval County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Courthouse was burned during the Civil War, burned in 1901. Extent of reocrd loss unknown.

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.
  • Duval County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 330 East Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202-2919
  • Duval 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) 630-2039
    • Marriage Records: 1822
    • Land Records: 1901
    • Probate Records: 1905
    • Court Records: 1901
  • Duval 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.
  • Duval 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.

Duval County Links

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

Duval Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Duval Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Duval Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Duval Co. FL Census Records

Duval Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Duval Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Duval Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Duval Co. FL General and History Websites

Duval Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Duval Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Duval Co. FL Military Records

Duval Co. FL Schools & Directories

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