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Gulf County, Florida

Gulf County

Gulf County was created on June 6, 1925 from Calhoun County. This county was named for the Gulf of Mexico.

The Gulf County Seat is located in Port St. Joe also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Gulf County are Calhoun County (north), Liberty County (northeast), Franklin County (east), Bay County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Gulf County include Port St. Joe, Wewahitchka.

Gulf 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 Gulf 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.

Gulf 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.

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

Gulf Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • It was the location of the early boom town of St. Joseph and in it was built the first railroad in Florida. This town vanished but near its site is modern Port St. Joe, a thriving city with a large paper mill.
    French built fort on St. Joseph's Bay and called it Crevecover (broken heart) in 1718. It was soon given up to the Spaniards who later abandoned it.
  • St. Joseph founded in 1835 was wiped out in 1841 by a yellow fever epidemic and a hurricane that followed.
  • December 3, 1838-January 11, 1839 a convention assembling at St. Joseph formed Florida's first constitution.

Gulf County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Gulf County Courthouse and Government Records

Gulf County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Gulf 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.

Old Gulf County Courthouse

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 Gulf 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 Gulf 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.
  • Gulf County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Rm. 148, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
  • Gulf 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: (850) 229-6112
    • Marriage Records: 1925
    • Land Records: 1925
    • Probate Records: 1925 
    • Court Records: 1925
  • Gulf 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.
  • Gulf 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.

Gulf County Links

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

Gulf Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Gulf Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Gulf Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Gulf Co. FL Census Records

Gulf Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Gulf Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Gulf Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Gulf Co. FL General and History Websites

Gulf Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Gulf Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Gulf Co. FL Military Records

Gulf Co. FL Schools & Directories

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