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Taylor County, Florida

Taylor County

Taylor County was created on December 23, 1856 from Madison County. This county was named for Zachary Taylor (1784–1850), 12th President of the United States.

The Taylor County Seat is located in Perry also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Taylor County are Jefferson County (northwest), Madison County (north), Lafayette County (east), Dixie County (southeast).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Taylor County include Perry.

Taylor 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 Taylor 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.

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

Taylor Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Taylor Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Taylor Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Taylor Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • This county was named for the twelfth president of the United States, who had commanded troops in this region during the Seminole wars.
  • Early Spanish missions were located within the county.
  • April 12, 1818, a battle was fought between forces of General Andrew Jackson and Seminole Indians at Natural Bridge on Econfina.
  • In March, 1864, Major Chas. H. Camfield was sent with a Confederate force into Taylor County to capture deserters who had assembled from a number of places to find hideouts in the swamps.
  • Considerable supplies were captured and a number of deserters' houses burned.

Taylor County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Taylor County Courthouse and Government Records

Taylor County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Taylor 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 Taylor 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 Taylor 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.
  • Taylor County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 620, Perry, FL 32348 or 108 N. Jefferson Street, Perry, FL 32347
  • Taylor 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) 838-3506
    • Marriage Records: 1857
    • Land Records: 1857
    • Probate Records: 1870 
    • Court Records: 1857
  • Taylor 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.
  • Taylor 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.

Taylor County Links

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

Taylor Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Taylor Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Taylor Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Taylor Co. FL Census Records

Taylor Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Taylor Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Taylor Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Taylor Co. FL General and History Websites

Taylor Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Taylor Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Taylor Co. FL Military Records

Taylor Co. FL Schools & Directories

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