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

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Hillsborough County, Florida
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Facts
Founded January 25, 1834
County Seat Tampa
Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1875 1846 1900 1846 1837 1845 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Courthouse and Confederate Memorial - Hillsborough County, Florida

Hillsborough County Courthouse
419 N Pierce Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813.276.8100

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records.
Hillsborough County has a number
of addresses for their Clerks of the Circuit Court[2]

Clerk of Circuit Court
George E. Edgecomb Courthouse
800 Twiggs Street
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)


Clerk of Circuit Court
Tax Deeds
George E. Edgecomb Courthouse
800 Twiggs Street Room #103
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)


Clerk of Circuit Court
Marriage License, Recording, Records Library, Passports
419 Pierce
Room 140
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)


Clerk of Circuit Court
Annex Tower
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)


Clerk of Circuit Court
County Center
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

Brandon Office

Clerk of Circuit Court
Brandon Regional Service Center
311 Pauls Drive
Suite 110
Brandon, FL 33511 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)
Maps and Directions


SouthShore Office

Clerk of Circuit Court
SouthShore Regional Service Center
410 30th St. S.E.
Ruskin, FL 33570 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)


Plant City Office

Clerk of Circuit Court
Plant City Courthouse
302 North Michigan Avenue
Plant City, FL 33563 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

History[edit | edit source]

A brief history of Hillsborough County is given on this website, along with links to other sources.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1834--Hillsborough County was created 25 January 1834 from Alachua County. County seat: Tampa [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Wills Hill, the Earl of Hillsborough, who served as British Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1768 to 1772. The County Seat is Tampa and the county was created January 25, 1834. The County is located in the West central 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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Hillsborough County Courthouse, a small log cabin, was burned by Native Americans during the Second Seminole War.

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]


Cities
Towns
  • Bullfrog Corner
  • Bone Valley
  • Branchton
  • Callsville
  • Chataocolea
  • Chicora
  • Clarkwild
  • Coronet
  • Cork (now Dover,
  • not to be confused with two
  • other places named Cork)
  • Cork (now Plant City)
  • Cosme
  • Dillon
  • Diston
  • Drew Park, absorbed by Tampa
  • East Cove
  • Edeson
  • Flora
  • Gary
  • Gulf City
  • Harney
  • Hillsboro
  • Ichipucksassa (now Plant City)
  • Idlewild Park
  • Jackson Springs
  • Keystone Park
  • Knights
  • Knowles
  • Lake Fern
  • Lighthall
  • Lillibridge
  • Magdalene
  • Magnolia
  • Mangrove Point
  • Manhattan (absorbed by Tampa)
  • Marvinia
  • Midway
  • Mullins City
  • Nicholls
  • Oliphant
  • Orient
  • Peck
  • Pelot
  • Peru
  • Prairie
  • Riverhead
  • Rocky Point
  • Sparkman
  • Stemper
  • St Helena
  • Trapnell (absorbed by Plant City)
  • Youmans
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Hardee • Manatee • Pasco • Pinellas • Polk

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hillsborough, 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 site may have additional information on Hillsborough County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Hillsborough 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.

There are over 300 Hillsborough Churches listed on this website, with their location indicated

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

  • Tampa

Court[edit | edit source]



Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]


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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Hillsborough 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]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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


  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

  • 1784 – 1990 FamilySearch Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
  • 1810 – 1974 Ancestry.com $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974

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.

University of South Florida Tampa. Some Hillsborough County marriage records

Hillsborough County Vital Records Office

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]

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

The following libraries in Hillsborough County have collections of particular interest to genealogists.

John F. Germany Public Library
900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, Florida 33602-3788
Telephone: (813) 273-3652
The Hillsborough County Library History and Genealogy Department has a large collection with emphasis on Florida, the southeast region, the original thirteen colonies and all other states bordering on the Mississippi River.

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), Hillsborough 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), Hillsborough 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, "Highlands County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_County,_Florida 04/24/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Hillsborough County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_County,_Florida, accessed 26 January 2019.