Liberty County, Florida

Liberty County

Liberty County was created on December 15, 1855 from Gadsden County. This county was named for the patriotic ideal of liberty.

The Liberty County Seat is located in Bristol also, the county government website is libertybocc.com/.

Areas bordering to Liberty County are Gadsden County (northeast), Wakulla County (east), Leon County (east), Franklin County (south), Gulf County (southwest), Calhoun County (west), Jackson County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Liberty County include Bristol.

Liberty 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 Liberty 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.

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

Liberty Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Liberty Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Liberty Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Liberty Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • This section filled up with fugitive negro slaves from Georgia and Florida.
  • Their fort on the Apalachicola was destroyed in 1816 and the country cleared of them.
  • The white Population did not begin to increase greatly until after 1890.

Liberty County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Liberty County Courthouse and Government Records


Liberty County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Liberty 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 Liberty 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 Liberty 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.
  • Liberty County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 399, Bristol, FL 32321
  • Liberty 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) 643-2215 or (850) 643-2237
    • Marriage Records: 1857
    • Land Records: 1857
    • Probate Records: 1859
    • Court Records: 1884
  • Liberty 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.
  • Liberty 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.

Liberty County Links

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

Liberty Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Liberty Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Liberty Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Liberty Co. FL Census Records

Liberty Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Liberty Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Liberty Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Liberty Co. FL General and History Websites

Liberty Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Liberty Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Liberty Co. FL Military Records

Liberty Co. FL Schools & Directories

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