Putnam County, Florida
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Putnam County

Putnam County was created on January 13, 1849 from Alachua County, and Saint Johns County. This county was named for Benjamin A. Putnam (1801–1869), soldier during the Second Seminole War and Floridian legislator.

The Putnam County Seat is located in Palatka also, the county government website is www.putnam-fl.com.

Areas bordering to Putnam County are Clay County (north), St. Johns County (northeast), Flagler County (east), Volusia County (southeast), Marion County (southwest), Alachua County (west), Bradford County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Putnam County include Crescent City, Interlachen, Palatka, Pomona Park, Welaka.

Putnam 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 Putnam 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.

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

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

Putnam Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • French Huguenots traded here in 1564 and later.
  • During the British occupation great plantations were established along the St. John River.
  • The short-lived Republic of Florida, established in 1812, included part of what is now Putnam County.
  • Palatka was established as a fort during the Seminole wars.
  • The region saw considerable fighting by small forces during the Civil War and after it ended there was a considerable inflow of settlers from the north.
  • It is a land of beautiful lakes and rivers and has an unusual attraction at the Azalea. Ravine Gardens at Palatka.
  • Follestown, a settlement on a 40,000 acre grant to Denyo Rolls, founded in 1765.
  • In 1820 trading post established at Palatka by James Marver and others.

Putnam County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Putnam County Courthouse and Government Records


Putnam County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Putnam 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 Putnam 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 Putnam 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.
  • Putnam County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 758, Palatka, FL 32178-0758 or 410 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, FL 32177
  • Putnam 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: (386) 326-7600
    • Marriage Records: 1849
    • Land Records: 1849
    • Probate Records: 1849 
    • Court Records: 1849
  • Putnam 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.
  • Putnam 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.

Putnam County Links

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

Putnam Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Putnam Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Putnam Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Putnam Co. FL Census Records

Putnam Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Putnam Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Putnam Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Putnam Co. FL General and History Websites

Putnam Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Putnam Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Putnam Co. FL Military Records

Putnam Co. FL Schools & Directories

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