State of Florida
County & City Government Records

Florida Court records cover a wide variety of genealogy subject areas that may assist you with your research, for example land ownership, courts, taxes, and naturalizations. Due to the fact Florida court records cover a wide selection of subjects, they can help you in many different ways. For example, they might assist you to discover ancestors' residences, confirm occupations, locate financial information, determine citizenship status, or make clear relationships between people. The whole thing will depend on on the sort of court records that your particular ancestors" names appear in. For Definitions of all court trems see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.

Florida County records change greatly from county to county in both level of quality and quantity.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court is also the County Clerk. His office is located in the County Courthouse. The office of the Clerk is an officer of the court of justice whose responsibilities are mandated by the Constitution as well as state and local laws. The clerk of courts in each county is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.

Among the records useful to the genealogist and usually held by the county courthouses are original marriage and divorce records. Probate court records include wills, administrations, bonds, inventories and appraisements, and guardianships. Land grants, homesteads, deeds, mortgages, and similar or related records are found in earlier individual books, but for a number of years in most jurisdictions such records have been combined into "Official Record" books. Recorded plat books, civil and criminal court dockets (case schedules) minutes, order books, naturalizations, incorporations, incompetencies, soldier and sailor discharge records, Confederate oaths of allegiance, delayed birth certificates, and marks and brands are all generally useful as well.

You will find several types of court records that are most likely to have details useful to your genealogical research.

This list of county and city government links is limited to government-maintained websites. If you know of a Florida county that has an official government web site but is not linked, or if the link is in error, please send us an email so we may edit our database. Florida State Government is located in Tallahassee.

Each county serves as the local level of government within its borders. Florida divided into 67 counties. Each county serves as the local level of government within its borders.

State of Florida County & City Government Links
County Seat
County Government County Seat
Alachua Gainesville Lake Tavares
Baker Macclenny Lee Fort Myers
Bay Panama City Leon Tallahassee
Bradford Starke Levy Bronson
Brevard Titusville Liberty Bristol
Broward Fort Lauderdale Madison Madison
Calhoun Blountstown Manatee Bradenton
Charlotte Punta Gorda Marion Ocala
Citrus Inverness Martin Stuart
Clay Green Cove Springs Miami-Dade Miami
Collier Naples Monroe Key West
Columbia Lake City Nassau Fernandina Beach
Desoto Arcadia Okaloosa Crestview
Dixie Cross City Okeechobee Okeechobee
Duval Jacksonville Orange Orlando
Escambia Pensacola Osceola Kissimmee
Flagler Bunnell Palm Beach West Palm Beach
Franklin Apalachicola Pasco Dade City
Gadsden Quincy Pinellas Clearwater
Gilchrist Trenton Polk Bartow
Glades Moore Haven Putnam Palatka
Gulf Port St. Joe Santa Rosa Milton
Hamilton Jasper Sarasota Sarasota
Hardee Wauchula Seminole Sanford
Hendry La Belle St. Johns Saint Augustine
Hernando Brooksville St. Lucie Fort Pierce
Highlands Sebring Sumter Bushnell
Hillsborough Tampa Suwannee Live Oak
Holmes Bonifay Taylor Perry
Indian River Vero Beach Union Lake Butler
Jackson Marianna Volusia DeLand
Jefferson Monticello Wakulla Crawfordville
Lafayette Mayo Walton DeFuniak Springs
Washington Chipley
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