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Santa Rosa County, Florida Facts

When was Santa Rosa County, FL Created?
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.

What is the County Seat of Santa Rosa County, FL?
The County Seat is located in Milton also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Santa Rosas County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Escambia County, Alabama, Okaloosa CountyEscambia County.

What cities and towns are in Santa Rosa County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton.

Santa Rosa County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Santa Rosa County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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 CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the 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, FL Census Records

What Santa Rosa County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Santa Rosa County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18501850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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.

There are Florida State censuses from 1867, 1875, 1885, 1935, 1945. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Florida Census Records Research Guide

Santa Rosa County, FL Courthouse and Government Records

Santa Rosa County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Santa Rosa County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Santa Rosa County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Florida Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • 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.
  • Florida Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Santa Rosa County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Santa Rosa County, FL?
A list of Santa Rosa County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Florida Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Santa Rosa County, FL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Santa Rosa County, FL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Santa Rosa Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Santa Rosa Co. FL Cemeteries & Church 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