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- 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
- 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
- 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.