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Holmes County, Florida

Holmes County

Holmes County was created on January 8, 1848 from Jackson County and Walton County. This county was named for Holmes Creek, which forms the eastern boundary of the county.

The Holmes County Seat is located in Bonifay also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Holmes County are Geneva County, Alabama (north), Jackson County (east), Washington County (south), Walton County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Holmes County include Bonifay Esto, Noma, Ponce de Leon, Westville.

Holmes 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 Holmes 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.

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

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

Holmes County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Holmes County Courthouse and Government Records

Holmes County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Holmes 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 Holmes 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 Holmes County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Courthouse at Cerro Gordo also burned at least once in the 1870's. Westville Courthouse burned in 1902, and most early county records perished with it.

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.
  • Holmes County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 397, Bonifay, FL 32425 or 201 N. Oklahoma St.. Bonifay, FL 32425
  • Holmes 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) 547-1100
    • Marriage Records: 1902
    • Land Records: 1900
    • Probate Records: 1902 
    • Court Records: 1900
  • Holmes 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.
  • Holmes 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.

Holmes County Links

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

Holmes Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Holmes Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Holmes Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Holmes Co. FL Census Records

Holmes Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Holmes Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Holmes Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Holmes Co. FL General and History Websites

Holmes Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Holmes Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Holmes Co. FL Military Records

Holmes Co. FL Schools & Directories

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