Wakulla County, Florida
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Wakulla County

Wakulla County was created on March 11, 1843 from Leon County. This county was named for the Wakulla River, itself named for a Spanish corruption of a Timucuan word used to describe the body of water, but that is of uncertain meaning.

The Wakulla County Seat is located in Crawfordville also, the county government website is www.mywakulla.com/.

Areas bordering to Wakulla County are Franklin County (southwest), Jefferson County (northeast), Liberty County (west), Leon County (north).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Wakulla County include Sopchoppy, St. Marks.

Wakulla 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 Wakulla 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.

Wakulla 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.

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

Wakulla Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Ponce de Leon attempted a settlement here in 1521 and was mortally, wounded by an Indian arrow.
  • Narvaez built rude ships here in which his followers fled from Florida in 1528.
  • In 1678 a fort was constructed at St. Marks to. guard shipping intended for St. Augustine. Spanish missions had been established earlier in the seventeenth century.
  • St. Marks was captured in 1818 by Andrew Jackson's army when he invaded Florida to punish Indians for raids into Georgia. He executed two British agents at this Spanish fort on a charge of inciting Indians to raid U. S. territory.
  • St. Marks became a great cotton shipping port before the Civil War and later Newport also became a noted port.
  • The trade of both places fell to nothing after railroads were built connecting with the North.
  • Wakulla Springs, one of Florida's greatest natural wonders, is the source of the Wakulla River.

Wakulla County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Wakulla County Courthouse and Government Records


Wakulla County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Wakulla 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 Wakulla 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 Wakulla 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 below facts shows what death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records are usually in Wakulla County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. 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.
  • Wakulla County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 3056 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville, FL 32327
  • Wakulla 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) 926-0905
    • Marriage Records: 1892
    • Land Records: 1843
    • Probate Records: 1892 
    • Court Records: 1843
  • Wakulla 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.
  • Wakulla 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.

Wakulla County Links

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

Wakulla Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wakulla Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

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Wakulla Co. FL Census Records

Wakulla Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Wakulla Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Wakulla Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wakulla Co. FL General and History Websites

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