Florida State Research Guide Digital Download

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You'll love this if:
  • You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Florida
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a Florida brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Florida
Trace your Florida ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
  • a how-to article detailing Florida's history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for Florida research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state's history
Here's a sample of the helpful tips you'll get in the Florida guide:
  • Florida didn't join the United States until Congress ratified the 1821 Adams-Onís Treaty, which required the US to honor valid Spanish land grants.
  • Florida took several of its own state censuses, including in 1885.
  • Marriage and divorce records are available from the vital-statistics office beginning in 1927, but many counties recorded these events starting with their formation.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.
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