Pinellas County, Florida
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Pinellas County

Pinellas County was created on May 23, 1911 from Hillsborough County. This county was named for the Spanish Punta Piñal, or "Point of Pines".

The Pinellas County Seat is located in Clearwater also, the county government website is www.pinellascounty.org/.

Areas bordering to Pinellas County are Pasco County (north), Hillsborough County (east and south).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Pinellas County include Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Dunedin, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, Largo, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Pinellas Park, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Safety Harbor, Seminole, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Treasure Island.

Pinellas 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 Pinellas 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.

Pinellas 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.

Pinellas Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • This region was visited by early Spanish explorers but had no white settlements until after the Seminole Wars. Once begun, the steady stream of immigrants increased until the present century when it leaped 1200 percent in forty years.
  • Tarpon Springs is the center of Florida's great sponge fishing industry, and St. Petersburg is the greatest west-coast tourist city in the state.
  • Pamphilo de Narvaez at the head of 300 Spaniard landed in vicinity of St. Petersburg in April, 1528.

Pinellas County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Pinellas County Courthouse and Government Records


Pinellas County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Pinellas 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.


Old Pinellas County Courthouse

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 Pinellas 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 Pinellas 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.
  • Pinellas County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 315 Court Street, Room 400, Clearwater, FL 33756
  • Pinellas 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: (727) 464-3341
    • Marriage Records: 1912
    • Land Records: 1911
    • Probate Records: 1911 
    • Court Records: 1911
  • Pinellas 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.
  • Pinellas 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.

Pinellas County Links

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

Pinellas Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Pinellas Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Pinellas Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Pinellas Co. FL Census Records

Pinellas Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Pinellas Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Pinellas Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Pinellas Co. FL General and History Websites

Pinellas Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Pinellas Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Pinellas Co. FL Military Records

Pinellas Co. FL Schools & Directories

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