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Guide to Escambia County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Escambia County, Florida
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Founded July 21, 1821
County Seat Pensacola
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Escambia County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1891 1821 1919 1821 1821 1821 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Escambia County Courthouse
223 S Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32501
Phone: 850.595.4310

Clerk County Court has marriage, probate and court records from 1821.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
Comptroller has land records from 1821. [2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1821--Escambia County was created 21 July 1821 as an original county.
County seat: Pensacola [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Escambia River. The County Seat is Pensacola and the county was created July 21, 1821. The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Barth
  • Bay Springs
  • Beach Haven
  • Bellview
  • Beulah
  • Bluff Springs
  • Bogia
  • Bohemia
  • Bratt
  • Brent
  • Brickton
  • Brownsville
  • Byrneville
  • Cerny Heights
  • Chanticleer
  • East Pensacola Heights
  • Ensley
  • Enon
  • Farm Hill
  • Ferry_Pass
  • Gaberonne
  • Gandyville
  • Gonzalez
  • Goulding
  • Gulf Beach Heights
  • Happy Valley
  • Haven Park
  • Johnsons Beach
  • McDavid
  • McKinnon
  • Millview
  • Molino
  • Molino Crossroads
  • Muscogee
  • Myrtle_Grove
  • Navy Point
  • Oak Grove
  • Olive
  • Oyster Lodge
  • Paradise Beach
  • Pensacola Beach
  • Perdido Bay
  • Perdido Heights
  • Perdido Key
  • Pine Barren
  • Pine Forest
  • Pineville
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Quinavista
  • Quintette
  • Ramsey Beach
  • Sand Cut
  • Sanders Beach
  • Satsuma Heights
  • Seaglades
  • Sherman Grove
  • Tenile
  • Treasure Hill Park
  • Tristan Village
  • Villa Sabine
  • Walnut Hill
  • Warrington
  • West_Pensacola
  • Yniestra

  • Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

    Baldwin County, Alabama • Escambia County, Alabama • Santa Rosa

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    African American[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Cemeteries of Escambia, Florida online and in print
    Tombstone Transcriptions Online
    TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
    List of Cemeteries in the County
    See Florida Cemeteries for more information

    The following web sites may have additional information on Escambia County cemeteries.

    Census[edit | edit source]

    For tips on accessing Escambia County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

    • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
    • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
    • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
    • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
    • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
    • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
    • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

    Church[edit | edit source]

    Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

    Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    • Pensacola

    Court[edit | edit source]

    Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

    • Florida and South Carolina, Airplane Arrival Manifests, 1944-1945 FamilySearch

    Land[edit | edit source]

    Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

    See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

    • Plat Books and Old Deed Books, Public Records Search Escambiaclerk
    • Florida Territorial Land Records USGenWeb

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Local histories are available for Escambia County, Florida Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

    Maps[edit | edit source]

    Baldwin CountyEscambia CountySanta Rosa CountyFL ESCAMBIA.PNG
    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources

    Military[edit | edit source]

    Various Wars[edit | edit source]
    Civil War[edit | edit source]
    Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

    The following Civil War battle was fought in Escambia County:

    October 9, 1861 = Santa RosaInd Island nps [6]
    Civil War battles in Florida nps
    World War I[edit | edit source]
    World War II[edit | edit source]
    Korean Conflict[edit | edit source]
    Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Escambia County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

    • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

    Probate[edit | edit source]

    Online Records

    Taxation[edit | edit source]

    Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

    Birth Records[edit | edit source]
    Death Records[edit | edit source]
    Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
    Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

    Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Escambia County Historical Society
    223 South Palafox Place
    Pensacola 32501-5845

    Pensacola Historical Society
    117 E. Government St.
    Pensacola, FL 32501
    Telephone Number: 904-433-1559

    West Florida Genealogical Society
    PO Box 947
    Pensacola, FL 32594-0947

    Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

    Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Escambia County, Florida . Page 133-137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 143-145.
    2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Escambia County, Florida. Page 134 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    4. Wikipedia contributors, "Escambia County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida 04/24/2017.
    5. Wikipedia contributors, "Escambia County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida, accessed 26 January 2019.
    6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State