Okaloosa County, Florida
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Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County was created on June 3, 1915 from Santa Rosa County and Walton County. This county was named for the native word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or "beautiful place".

The Okaloosa County Seat is located in Crestview also, the county government website is www.co.okaloosa.fl.us/.

Areas bordering to Okaloosa County are Covington County, Alabama (north), Walton County (east), Santa Rosa County (west), Escambia County, Alabama (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Okaloosa County include Cinco Bayou, Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Laurel Hill, Mary Esther, Niceville, Shalimar, Valparaiso.

Okaloosa 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 Okaloosa 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.

Okaloosa County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Okaloosa Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • It is a land of rolling hills, forest and farm land, with fine gulf beaches.
  • Spanish expedition consisting of Governor Laureano de Torrs Y. Ayala and others passed through this section June, 1693.
  • Beginning of blueberry culture through domestication of wild plants 1894-96.

Okaloosa County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Okaloosa County Courthouse and Government Records


Okaloosa County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Okaloosa 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 Okaloosa 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 Okaloosa 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.
  • Okaloosa County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 101 E. James Lee Blvd., Suite 105, Crestview FL 32536
  • Okaloosa 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) 689-5000
    • Marriage Records: 1915
    • Land Records: 1915
    • Probate Records: 1915 
    • Court Records: 1915
  • Okaloosa 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.
  • Okaloosa 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.

Okaloosa County Links

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

Okaloosa Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Okaloosa Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Okaloosa Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Okaloosa Co. FL Census Records

Okaloosa Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Okaloosa Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Okaloosa Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Okaloosa Co. FL General and History Websites

Okaloosa Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Okaloosa Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Okaloosa Co. FL Military Records

Okaloosa Co. FL Schools & Directories

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