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 —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
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
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
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.
- Birth records from the past 100 years are restricted to immediate family (provided they can prove the person has died). Cause of death information is restricted for 50 years, but other certificate details are widely available.
- 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.