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Palm Beach County, Florida

Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County was created on April 30, 1909 from Dade County. This county was named for the county's large amounts of palm trees.

The Palm Beach County Seat is located in West Palm Beach also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Palm Beach County are Martin County (north), Broward County (south), Hendry County (west), Okeechobee County (northwest), Glades County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Palm Beach County include Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach, Glen Ridge, Golf, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, Loxahatchee Groves, Manalapan, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Tequesta, Wellington, West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach 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 Palm Beach 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.

Palm Beach County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Palm Beach Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • The entire region was most sparsely settled by white people until the last decade of the nineteenth century.
  • The coming of the Florida East Coast Railroad and the Everglades drainage project brought in many settlers as farmers and merchants and Palm Beach became a resort of world renown.
  • Thousands of cocoanut palms, royal palms and gorgeous semi-tropical foliage of various sorts make the region a paradise to northern visitors.

Palm Beach County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Palm Beach County Courthouse and Government Records

Palm Beach County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Palm Beach 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 Palm Beach 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 Palm Beach 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.
  • Palm Beach County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 229, West Palm Beach, FL 33402 or 301 North Olive, 9th Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
  • Palm Beach 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: (561) 355-2996
    • Marriage Records: 1909
    • Land Records: 1909
    • Probate Records: 1909 
    • Court Records: 1909
  • Palm Beach 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.
  • Palm Beach 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.

Palm Beach County Links

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

Palm Beach Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Palm Beach Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Palm Beach Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Palm Beach Co. FL Census Records

Palm Beach Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Palm Beach Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Palm Beach Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Palm Beach Co. FL General and History Websites

Palm Beach Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Palm Beach Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Palm Beach Co. FL Military Records

Palm Beach Co. FL Schools & Directories

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