Miami-Dade County, Florida Genealogy, Facts, Records & Links
Miami-Dade County, Florida genealogy and family history research. Find links to record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you trace your Miami-Dade Co., ancestors.
Miami-Dade County Quick Facts
- Government Website: miamidade.gov/
- Created Date / Origin: January 18, 1836 from Monroe County (originally named Dade County, renamed November 13, 1997)
- County Seat: Miami
- Named After: City of Miami and Francis L. Dade (c. 1793–1835), Major in the United States Army during the Second Seminole War
- Bordering Counties: Broward County (north), Collier County (northwest), Monroe County (southwest)
- Incorporated Cities and Towns 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
- Historical Events (published in 1944):
- T his 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.
- Florida State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, 5400 NW 22nd Ave., Miami, FL 33142
- Dade Heritage Trust, 190 SE 12th Terrace, Miami, FL 33131
- Historical Association of Southern Florida, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130
- Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, P. O. Box 162905, Miami, FL 33116-2905
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Miami, 8405 SW 107th Ave. 313, Miami, FL 33173
- Coral Gables Historical Preservation Division, City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134; 305-460-5361
- Miami Springs Historical Society, P. O. Box 660022, Miami Springs, FL 33166
- Miami-Dade County, Florida Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Miami-Dade County
- Miami-Dade County, Florida Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Miami-Dade County
- USGenWeb Archives for Miami-Dade County (usgwarchives.net)
- See Also Florida Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links
Miami-Dade County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers often overlook the importance of Miami-Dade County court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in Florida courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and frustrations of many Florida citizens. The chances are great that your ancestors have left a detailed record of at least some aspects of their lives in the Miami-Dade County court records. Even if your ancestor is not mentioned in a Court case, consider all of the other procedures which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
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.
- 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.
- Florida Office of Vital Records 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.
Florida Historical Records
- Databases include Court, Land, Wills & Financial Records; Birth, Marriage & Death Records; Voter Lists & Census Records; Immigration & Emigration Records; Obituary Records; Military Records; Family Tree Records; Pictures; Stories, Memories & Histories; Directories & Member Lists and much more....
Miami-Dade County Genealogy Links
The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relating to Miami-Dade County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is just a list that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.
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