Walton County, Florida
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Walton County

Walton County was created on December 29, 1824 from Escambia County and Jackson County. This county was named for George Walton, first Secretary of Florida Territory.

The Walton County Seat is located in DeFuniak Springs also, the county government website is www.co.walton.fl.us/.

Areas bordering to Walton County are Covington County, Alabama (northwest), Geneva County, Alabama (northeast), Holmes County (east), Washington County (east), Bay County (southeast), Okaloosa County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Walton County include DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Paxton.

Walton 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 Walton 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.

Walton County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830 (as Florida Territory), 1840 (as Florida Territory), 1850, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Walton Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • The county was first settled largely by Scotchmen.
  • The county was raided by Federal troops during the Civil War but no battles took place.
  • Florida's first Chautauqua Association formed here in 1885.

Walton County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Walton County Courthouse and Government Records


Walton County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Walton 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 Walton 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 Walton 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.
  • Walton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 1260, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435-1260 or 571 U.S. Hwy. 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
  • Walton 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) 951-7229
    • Marriage Records: 1885
    • Land Records: 1886
    • Probate Records: 1882 
    • Court Records: 1886
  • Walton 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.
  • Walton 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.

Walton County Links

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

Walton Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Walton Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Walton Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Walton Co. FL Census Records

Walton Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Walton Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Walton Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Walton Co. FL General and History Websites

Walton Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Walton Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Walton Co. FL Military Records

Walton Co. FL Schools & Directories

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