Santa Rosa County, Florida
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Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County was created on February 18, 1842 from Escambia County. This county was named for Santa Rosa Island, which is in turn named for Saint Rosa de Viterbo (1235–1252), a saint born in Viterbo,Italy.

The Santa Rosa County Seat is located in Milton also, the county government website is www.santarosa.fl.gov/.

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

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Santa Rosa County include Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton.

Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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.

Santa Rosa 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.

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

Santa Rosa Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • There were some Spanish settlers here before the American occupation.
  • Here was established Florida's first cotton factory, near Milton in 1846.
  • Spanish overland expedition consisting of Governor Laureano de Torres Y Avala, seeking for Pensacola Bay, passed through here in the Summer of 1693.

Santa Rosa County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Santa Rosa County Courthouse and Government Records


Santa Rosa County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa 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. Record Loss (Marriage & Probate)

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.
  • Santa Rosa County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 472, Milton, FL 32572 or 6495 Caroline St., Suite A, Milton, FL 32570
  • Santa Rosa 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) 983-1973
    • Marriage Records: 1869
    • Land Records: 1869
    • Probate Records: 1878 
    • Court Records: 1869
  • Santa Rosa 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.
  • Santa Rosa 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.

Santa Rosa County Links

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

Santa Rosa Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Santa Rosa Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Santa Rosa Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Santa Rosa Co. FL Census Records

Santa Rosa Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Santa Rosa Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Santa Rosa Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Santa Rosa Co. FL General and History Websites

Santa Rosa Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Santa Rosa Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Santa Rosa Co. FL Military Records

Santa Rosa Co. FL Schools & Directories

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