Miami-Dade County, Florida
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Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County was created on January 18, 1836 from Monroe County (originally named Dade County, renamed November 13, 1997). This county was named for the City of Miami and Francis L. Dade (c. 1793–1835), Major in the United States Army during the Second Seminole War.

The Miami-Dade County Seat is located in Miami also, the county government website is miamidade.gov/.

Areas bordering to Miami-Dade County are Broward County (north), Collier County (northwest), Monroe County (southwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Miami-Dade County include Aventura, Coral Gables, Doral, Florida City, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Islandia, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Sweetwater, West Miami Bay Harbor Islands, Cutler Bay, Golden Beach, Medley, Miami Lakes, Surfside. Villages Include Bal Harbour, Biscayne Park, El Portal, Indian Creek, Key Biscayne, Miami Shores, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Virginia Gardens.

Miami-Dade 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 Miami-Dade 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.

Miami-Dade County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1840 (as Florida Territory), 1850, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Miami-Dade Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • This section was visited by the Spanish in the sixteenth century but the first white settlement was about 1808.
  • These settlers were molested by Indians during the Seminole War and had to take refuge in Ft. Dallas, whose site is now in down-town Miami.
  • During the past half century the Population: of this section has grown tremendously.
  • Indian Massacre of white settlers of Indian Key, August 7, 1840.
  • First passenger train ran into Miami, April 15, 1896.

Miami-Dade County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Miami-Dade County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Miami-Dade County Courthouse and Government Records


Miami-Dade County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Miami-Dade 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 Miami-Dade 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 Miami-Dade 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.
  • Miami-Dade County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 73 West Flagler Street, Suite 242, Miami, FL 33130
  • Miami-Dade 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: (305) 349-7333
    • Marriage Records: 1840
    • Land Records: 1890
    • Probate Records:
    • Court Records: 1888
  • Miami-Dade 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.
  • Miami-Dade 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.

Miami-Dade County Links

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

Miami-Dade Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Miami-Dade Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Miami-Dade Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Miami-Dade Co. FL Census Records

Miami-Dade Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Miami-Dade Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Miami-Dade Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Miami-Dade Co. FL General and History Websites

Miami-Dade Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Miami-Dade Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Miami-Dade Co. FL Military Records

Miami-Dade Co. FL Schools & Directories

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