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Guide to Okaloosa County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Okaloosa County, Florida
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Map of Florida highlighting Okaloosa County
Location in the state of Florida, United States Genealogy
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Location of Florida in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 3, 1915
County Seat Crestview
Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Okaloosa County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1915 1899 1915 1915 1915 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Okaloosa County Courthouse
101 E James Lee Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32536
Phone: 850.689.5800

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1915. [2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1915--Okaloosa County was created 3 June 1915 from Santa Rosa County and Walton County.
The first County Seat of Okaloosa County was at Crestview [3] and it became the county seat in 1917.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county seat is Crestview and the county was created September 7, 1915. The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Okaloosa, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Okaloosa County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

Court[edit | edit source]

Immigration[edit | edit source]

NARA Ships Passenger Lists These passenger lists cover:
1834 - 1897 Immigration of Russians to the United States
1/12/1846 -12/31/1851 Irish Famine
1850 - 1897 Germans to the United States
1855 - 1900 Italians to the United States

Land[edit | edit source]

Template:FL Land

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Template:FL History

Maps[edit | edit source]

Escambia CountyCovington CountySanta Rosa CountyWalton CountyFL OKALOOSA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]
Present Hostilities[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Template:FL Newspaper abstracts

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Valparaiso Community Library
459 Valparaiso Parkway
Valparaiso, FL 32580
(850) 729-5406
Website

Valparaiso Community Library Contains a dedicated genealogy section. "The Louise K. Fitzgarrald Genealogy Department boasts one of the finest genealogy collections in the state of Florida. Over 7,000 volumes of printed materials and 1,200 microfilm reels from Federal Census records and other references are available for use. The library also offers free access to subscription based online genealogical services."

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okaloosa County, Florida . Page 133-137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 143-145.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okalossa County, Florida Page 136 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002)
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Okaloosa County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okaloosa_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Okaloosa County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okaloosa_County,_Florida, accessed 30 January 2019.