Jackson County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Marianna
Organized: August 12, 1822
Parent County(s): Escambia[1]
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Andrew Jackson, who had served as Florida's first military governor for six months in 1821.[2] The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Jackson County Courthouse
2864 Madison Court; PO Box 510
Marianna, FL 32447
Phone: 850-482-9552
Jackson County Website

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1845, land records from 1824, Divorce, military and court records from 1900.[4]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1845 1899 1900 1824 1900 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

November 30, 1848 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Cypress
  • Compass Lake, Florida
  • Dellwood, Florida


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Jackson, 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 Jackson County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 3,907
1840 4,681 19.8%
1850 6,639 41.8%
1860 10,209 53.8%
1870 9,528 −6.7%
1880 14,372 50.8%
1890 17,544 22.1%
1900 23,377 33.2%
1910 29,821 27.6%
1920 31,224 4.7%
1930 31,969 2.4%
1940 34,428 7.7%
1950 34,645 0.6%
1960 36,208 4.5%
1970 34,434 −4.9%
1980 39,154 13.7%
1990 41,375 5.7%
2000 46,755 13.0%
2010 49,746 6.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

Church Records[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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

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

  • Sink Creek

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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 most counties. 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

'Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Jackson County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Florida Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Marianna Florida Family History Center
3141 College St
Marianna FL 32446
Phone: 850-482-8159
Email: [mailto: FL_Marianna@familyhistorymail.org]
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Jackson County. For state-wide library facilities, see Florida Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Jackson County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Florida Societies.
Jacksonville Genealogical Society
6887 103rd Street P.O. Box 440488
Jacksonville 32220
website

Jackson County Historical Society
413 North Green Street
Mariana, FL 32446
Facebook

The Jacksonville Historical Society
Old St. Luke's, 314 Palmetto Street
Jacksonville FL 32202
Phone: 904-665-0064
E-mail:info@jaxhistory.org
Website

Florida Historical Society
435 Brevard Ave.
Cocoa FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971
Website

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 940927
Maitland, FL 32794-0927
Phone: 407-494-3747
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Indian River County, Florida Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/fla/indianriver/ accessed 04/25/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson River County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/25/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 30 January 2019.