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Florida, Church Records, 1834-1997
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Florida, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1834-1997
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Multiple Churches, Florida


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains a variety of church records from 1834-1997, from churches located in several counties in Florida. Some representative churches include:

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Key West)
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (West Palm Beach)
  • St. John's Episcopal Church (Hollywood)
  • First Presbyterian Church (Miami)
  • St. Mark's (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Holy Cross (Buena Vista)
  • St. Phillip's Church (Coral Gables)

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What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Person's name
  • Event date
  • Event place
  • Parents' names

  • Spouse's name
  • Gender
  • Residence

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The place your ancestor lived
  • The denomination of the church

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use information found in the church records to search for birth, marriage or death records
  • Search land and probate records for information on the family
  • Search for the family in census records
  • If applicable, search for immigration and naturalization records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records in nearby localities
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Florida.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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