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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research.

Florida State Archives
Mail Station
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Telephone: 850-245-6700
Fax: 850-488-4894

Online collections include Confederate Pension Applications, Spanish Land Grants, and World War I Service Cards among others.

As of January 1984 the genealogy collection of the Florida State Library was transferred to the Florida State Archives. However, the Florida State Library, which is also in the R.A. Gray Building, still has references of interest to the genealogist, especially in the "Florida Collection."

State Library of Florida
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Telephone: 850-245-6600
Fax: 850-245-6651

Florida Collection
Genealogy Resources

National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta)
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, Georgia 30260
Phone: 770-968-2100
Fax: 770-968-2547
Internet: National Archives at Atlanta

Florida Historical Library
435 Brevard Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971
Fax: 321-690-4388

University Of Florida
Smathers Library Room 100
P.O. Box 117007
Gainesville, FL 32611
Telephone: 352-392-0319
Fax: 352-392-4788

University of West Florida
John C. Pace Library
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32514
Telephone: 850-474-2424

University of Miami
Otto G. Richter Library
1300 Memorial Drive
P.O. Box 248214
Coral Gables, Florida 33124-0320
Phone 305-284-3233
Fax 305-284-4027

Orange County Library System
101 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801
Telephone: 407.835.7323

Two helpful guides for several important Florida archives and libraries are:

Catalog of the Florida State Archives. Tallahassee, Florida: Department of State, 1975. (FHL book 975.9 A5fs)

Guide to Depositories of Manuscript Collections in the United States: Florida. Jacksonville, Florida: Florida Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. (FHL book 975.9 A1 number 130.)

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Florida counties, use the 12 inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies are at the Family History Library.

Florida Online Records[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Florida in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:

The USGenWeb Project
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.

Available to anyone with access to the Internet. In addition, the Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with the Internet that can be used for free for genealogical purposes. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.