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Indian River County, Florida

IndianRiver County

Indian River County was created on May 30, 1925 from St. Lucie County. This county was named for the Indian River Lagoon, which flows through the county.

The Indian River County Seat is located in Vero Beach also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Indian River County are Brevard County (north), St. Lucie County (south), Okeechobee County (southwest), Osceola County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Indian River County include Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, Orchid.

Indian River 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 Indian River 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.

Indian River County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1930, 1940.

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Indian River Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Pedro Menendez de Aviles and his soldiers marched through this area, November, 1565.
  • Jonathan Dickensen and others shipwrecked at Hobe Sound in September, 1696, passed through present Indian River County early in October, 1696.
  • This region was not really settled until after the Civil War. It is now a properous citrus and truck growing region and has great sub-tropic beauty.
  • McKee Jungle Gardens, in this county, attracts many out-of-state visitors.

Indian River County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Indian River County Courthouse and Government Records

Indian River County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Indian River 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 Indian River 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 Indian River 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.
  • Indian River County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 1028, Vero Beach, FL 32961-1028 or 2000 16th Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32960
  • Indian River 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: (772) 770-5185
    • Marriage Records: 1925
    • Land Records: 1925
    • Probate Records: 1925 
    • Court Records: 1925
  • Indian River 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.
  • Indian River 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.

Indian River County Links

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

Indian River Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Indian River Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Indian River Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Indian River Co. FL Census Records

Indian River Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Indian River Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Indian River Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Indian River Co. FL General and History Websites

Indian River Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Indian River Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Indian River Co. FL Military Records

Indian River Co. FL Schools & Directories

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