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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.<br>
 
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| county = Okaloosa County
 
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| founded date = June 3
 
| seat = [[Crestview, Florida|Crestview]]
 
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=== County Information  ===
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Guide to '''Okaloosa County, Florida ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
==== Okaloosa County, Florida Record Dates  ====
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|county seat= Crestview
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|parent county= [[Santa Rosa County, Florida Genealogy|Santa Rosa]], [[Walton County, Florida Genealogy|Walton]]<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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The county name is from the Indian words "oka" and "lusa", meaning "blackwater".<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy and History”, [http://genealogytrails.com/fla/okaloosa/history.html genealogy trails] accessed 04/25/2017.</ref> The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Okaloosa County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okaloosa_County,_Florida wikipedia] 04/25/2017.</ref>
  
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{FL Courthouse Intro|Okaloosa}}
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'''Okaloosa County Courthouse'''<br>101 E James Lee Boulevard<br>Crestview, FL 32536 <br>Phone: 850-689-5800 <br>[http://www.clerkofcourts.cc/ Okaloosa County Website]<br><br>
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County Judge has marriage and probate records.<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1915. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Okaloosa County, Florida Record Dates  ===
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{{FL Record Dates Intro|Okaloosa}}
 
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okaloosa County, Florida . Page 133-137 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 
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| colspan="7" | <center>*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.</center>
 
| colspan="7" | <center>*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.</center>
 
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=== Record Loss ===
=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.clerkofcourts.cc/ Okaloosa County Courthouse]<br>101 E James Lee Boulevard<br>Crestview, FL 32536 <br>Phone: 850.689.5800 <br>
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County Judge has marriage and probate records.<br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1915. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okalossa County, Florida Page 136 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
 
 
=== History  ===
 
 
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
 
'''1915--'''Okaloosa County was created 3 June 1915 from [[Santa Rosa County, Florida Genealogy|Santa Rosa]] County and [[Walton County, Florida Genealogy|Walton County]]'''.<br>'''The first County Seat of Okaloosa County was at '''Crestview '''<ref> ''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002)</ref> and it became the county seat in 1917.
 
 
 
==== Description ====
 
 
 
The county seat is Crestview and the county was created September 7, 1915. The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Okaloosa County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okaloosa_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.</ref>
 
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps"] (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
=== Places / Localities  ===
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{FL Boundary Changes Intro|Okaloosa}}
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*'''1915--'''Okaloosa County was created 3 June 1915 from [[Santa Rosa County, Florida Genealogy|Santa Rosa]] County and [[Walton County, Florida Genealogy|Walton]]'''.<br>'''The first
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*'''County seat:''' Crestview<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> and it became the county seat in 1917.<br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ Interactive Map of Florida County Formation History] (1821-1997) - animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes
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*[https://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/FL_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Florida Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{FL Populated Places Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs,
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs,  
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visit [https://florida.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,091,c,okaloosa.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Okaloosa County, Florida," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okaloosa_County,_Florida, wikipedia] accessed 30 January 2019.</ref>
visit [https://florida.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,091,c,okaloosa.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Okaloosa County, Florida," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okaloosa_County,_Florida, accessed 30 January 2019.</ref>
 
  
 
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crestview,_Florida Crestview]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crestview,_Florida Crestview]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destin,_Florida Destin]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destin,_Florida Destin]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Walton_Beach,_Florida Fort Walton Beach]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Walton_Beach,_Florida Fort Walton Beach]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel_Hill,_Florida Laurel Hill]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel_Hill,_Florida Laurel Hill]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Esther,_Florida Mary Esther]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Esther,_Florida Mary Esther]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niceville,_Florida Niceville]</div>
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niceville,_Florida Niceville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valparaiso,_Florida Valparaiso]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valparaiso,_Florida Valparaiso]</div>
 
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_Bayou,_Florida Cinco Bayou]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalimar,_Florida Shalimar]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalimar,_Florida Shalimar]</div>
 
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker,_Florida Baker]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker,_Florida Baker]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackman,_Florida Blackman]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluewater_Bay Bluewater_Bay]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackman,_Florida Blackman]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluewater_Bay Bluewater Bay]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eglin_Air_Force_Base Eglin Air Force Base]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eglin_Air_Force_Base Eglin Air Force Base]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Lorraine,_Florida Lake Lorraine]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Lorraine,_Florida Lake Lorraine]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_City,_Florida Ocean City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_City,_Florida Ocean City]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright,_Florida Wright]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright,_Florida Wright]</div>
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{FL Historical Timeline Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
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== Resources ==
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{{FL Resources Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{FL Bible Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
*[[Covington County, Alabama Genealogy|Covington County, Alabama]]
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=== Biographies  ===
*[[Escambia County, Alabama Genealogy|Escambia County, Alabama]]
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{{FL Biographies Intro|Okaloosa}}
*[[Santa Rosa County, Florida Genealogy|Santa Rosa]]
 
*[[Walton County, Florida Genealogy|Walton]]
 
  
=== Resources  ===
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{FL Business Records Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
{{FL Cemeteries Intro| Okaloosa}}
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{{FL Cemeteries Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
 
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
 
*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
 
 
*[https://sites.google.com/site/okaloosacountyflorida/home/cemeteries-1 FLGenWeb]
 
*[https://sites.google.com/site/okaloosacountyflorida/home/cemeteries-1 FLGenWeb]
 
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/cemetery.html FLGenWeb Archives]
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/cemetery.html FLGenWeb Archives]
 
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/florida/okaloosa.htm Tombstone Project]
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/florida/okaloosa.htm Tombstone Project]  
 
 
 
 
*[http://floridagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=46 Florida Gravestones]
 
*[http://floridagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=46 Florida Gravestones]
 
 
*[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
 
*[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
 
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*{{FHL|559569|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
*{{FHL|559569|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
 
*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Okaloosa%2C+Florida+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
 
*[https://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Okaloosa%2C+Florida+cemeteries+ WorldCat]
 
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Florida/Okaloosa-County?id=county_361 Findagrave.com]
 
*[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Florida/Okaloosa-County?id=county_361 Findagrave.com]
 
 
*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=8788&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= Okaloosa County Cemeteries]
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=8788&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= Okaloosa County Cemeteries]
 
 
*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Okaloosa-county-florida-cemetery-records.htm Okaloosa Florida Cemetery Records]
 
*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Okaloosa-county-florida-cemetery-records.htm Okaloosa Florida Cemetery Records]
 
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/fl/ Interment.net] Florida cemetery records
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/fl/ Interment.net] Florida cemetery records
  
==== Census ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{FL Census Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{Census|Florida}}
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*'''1783''' Spanish Census [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1783.txt USGenWeb]
*'''1783''' Spanish Census [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1783.txt USGenWeb]  
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*'''1821''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1821west.txt USGenWeb]
*'''1821''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1821west.txt USGenWeb]
 
 
*'''1823''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1823west.txt USGenWeb]
 
*'''1823''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1823west.txt USGenWeb]
*'''1880''' Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1880afri.txt USGenWeb]
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*'''1880''' Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1880afri.txt USGenWeb]
*Federal Census Information from National Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/federal.txt USGenWeb]  
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*'''1885''' {{RecordSearch|1457854|Florida State Population Census}} includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, manufacture and mortality.
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*Federal Census Information from National Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/federal.txt USGenWeb]
 
*State Census Information from Florida State Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/statefla.txt USGenWeb]
 
*State Census Information from Florida State Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/statefla.txt USGenWeb]
*Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/pencensus.txt USGenWeb]
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*Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/pencensus.txt USGenWeb]
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=== Church Records ===
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{{FL Church Intro|Okaloosa}}
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=== Court Records ===
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{{FL Court Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{FL Directories Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{FL Church Intro}}  
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{FL Emigration Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
==== Court  ====
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*[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=GP44 NARA Ships Passenger Lists] - These passenger lists cover:
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**'''1834-1897''' - Immigration of Russians to the United States<br>
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**'''1/12/1846-12/31/1851''' - Irish Famine<br>
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**'''1850-1897''' - Germans to the United States<br>
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**'''1855-1900''' - Italians to the United States
  
==== Immigration  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{FL Ethnic Groups Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=GP44 NARA Ships Passenger Lists]
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
These passenger lists cover:<br>
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{{FL Funeral Homes Intro|Okaloosa}}
'''1834 - 1897''' Immigration of Russians to the United States<br>
 
'''1/12/1846 -12/31/1851''' Irish Famine<br>
 
'''1850 - 1897''' Germans to the United States<br>
 
'''1855 - 1900''' Italians to the United States
 
  
==== Land ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{FL Genealogies Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{FL Land}}  
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{FL Guardianship Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{FL Land Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{FL History}}  
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{FL Histories Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{FL Maps Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{FL Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{FL Okaloosa County}}}}  
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{{FL Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{FL Okaloosa County}}}}
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ Maps of Florida (1821-1997)]
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*'''1821-1997''' [http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ Maps of Florida]
*'''1821-1997''' [http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ Maps of Florida]  
 
 
*'''1870''' Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of State[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1870gray.gif USGenWeb]
 
*'''1870''' Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of State[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1870gray.gif USGenWeb]
 
*'''1882''' Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of State[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1882rand.gif USGenWeb]
 
*'''1882''' Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of State[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1882rand.gif USGenWeb]
 
*Exploring Florida, FCIT Maps [http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/index.htm University of South Florida]
 
*Exploring Florida, FCIT Maps [http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/index.htm University of South Florida]
  
==== Military ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{FL Migration Intro|Okaloosa}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{FL Military Intro|Okaloosa}}
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military.html Okaloosa County Military Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military.html Okaloosa County Military Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
*Florida State Military Files [http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/toc/militarystate.html USGenWeb]  
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*Florida State Military Files [http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/toc/militarystate.html USGenWeb]
*Florida state pension records from various wars [http://usgwarchives.net/pensions/ Pension Transcriptions USGenWeb]
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*Florida state pension records from various wars [http://usgwarchives.net/pensions/ Pension Transcriptions USGenWeb]
 
 
===== Civil War =====
 
  
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932369|Florida Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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'''''Civil War'''''<br>
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932395|Florida Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932369|Florida Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
*'''1861 - 1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932395|Florida Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
*'''1861 - 1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] (free)
*'''1885 - 1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1913411|Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] (free)
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*'''1885-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1913411|Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
===== World War I =====
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'''''World War I'''''<br>
*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/1917a-g.txt Okaloosa County Civilian Draft Registration, Surnames A-G] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/1917a-g.txt Okaloosa County Civilian Draft Registration, Surnames A-G] (USGenWeb Archives)
*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/1917h-o.txt Okaloosa County Civilian Draft Registration, Surnames H-O] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/1917h-o.txt Okaloosa County Civilian Draft Registration, Surnames H-O] (USGenWeb Archives)
*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/1917p-z.txt Okaloosa County Civilian Draft Registration, Surnames P-Z] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/1917p-z.txt Okaloosa County Civilian Draft Registration, Surnames P-Z] (USGenWeb Archives)
*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|3010015|Florida, World War I Navy Card Roster, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1917-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|3010015|Florida, World War I Navy Card Roster, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
===== World War II =====
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'''''World War II'''''<br>
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*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2695955|Florida, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli436gmt.txt Okaloosa County World War II Army Enlistees, Names Adams - Fuller ] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli436gmt.txt Okaloosa County World War II Army Enlistees, Names Adams - Fuller ] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli437gmt.txt Okaloosa County World War II Army Enlistees, Names Gardner - Mc White] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli437gmt.txt Okaloosa County World War II Army Enlistees, Names Gardner - Mc White] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli438gmt.txt Okaloosa County World War II Army Enlistees, Names Medley - Youngblood] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/okaloosa/military/ww2/enlistment/armyenli438gmt.txt Okaloosa County World War II Army Enlistees, Names Medley - Youngblood] (USGenWeb Archives)
*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2695955|Florida, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
  
===== Korean War =====
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'''''Korean War'''''<br>
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/fla/okaloosa/koreanwar.html Okaloosa County Korean War Casualty List] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/fla/okaloosa/koreanwar.html Okaloosa County Korean War Casualty List] (Genealogy Trails)
*Florida Casualties in the Korean Conflict [http://distantcousin.com/Military/Korea/FL/ distantcousin.com]  
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*Florida Casualties in the Korean Conflict [https://web.archive.org/web/20160327125541/http://distantcousin.com/Military/Korea/FL/ distantcousin.com]
  
===== Vietnam War =====
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'''''Vietnam War'''''<br>
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/fla/okaloosa/vietnamwar.html Okaloosa County Vietnam War Casualty List] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/fla/okaloosa/vietnamwar.html Okaloosa County Vietnam War Casualty List] (Genealogy Trails)
*Florida Casualties in the Vietnam War [http://distantcousin.com/Military/Vietnam/FL/ distantcousin.com]
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20160327125927/http://distantcousin.com/Military/Vietnam/FL/ Distantcousin.com] Florida Casualties in the Vietnam War
  
===== Present Hostilities =====
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'''''Present Hostilities'''''<br>
 
*[https://sites.google.com/site/okaloosacountyflorida/home/military Okaloosa County Casualties] (FLGenWeb Project)
 
*[https://sites.google.com/site/okaloosacountyflorida/home/military Okaloosa County Casualties] (FLGenWeb Project)
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{FL Naturalization Intro|Okaloosa}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{FL Newspapers Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{FL Newspaper abstracts|Okaloosa}}
 
 
*Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt USGenWeb]
 
*Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt USGenWeb]
  
==== Obituaries ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{FL Obituaries Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html U.S. Hidden Ancestors] Obituaries 
 
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/fl/obitsfl.htm USGenWeb Obituaries Project] Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/fl/obitsfl.htm USGenWeb Obituaries Project] Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Other Records ===
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{{FL Other Records Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{FL Probate Intro}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{FL Periodicals Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
'''Online Probate Records'''
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=== Probate Records ===
*'''1784 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2046765| FamilySearch}} Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
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{{FL Probate Intro|Okaloosa}}
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''Online Indexes and Records''<br>
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*'''1784 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2046765| FamilySearch}} Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
 
*'''1810 – 1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8993 Ancestry.com $] Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974
 
*'''1810 – 1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8993 Ancestry.com $] Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives $]
 
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{FL Schools Intro|Okaloosa}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{FL Tax Intro|Okaloosa}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{FL Vital Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{FL Tax Intro}}  
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==== Birth ====
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{{FL Birth Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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*'''1880-1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674799| Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
{{FL Vital Intro}}  
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==== Marriage ====
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{{FL Marriage Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
===== Birth Records =====
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*'''1802-1998''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=florida%2cfl Florida, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] $
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*'''1822-1875 and 1927 - 2001''' - {{RecordSearch|1949340| Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1830-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|2397260|Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1957}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1830-1993''' - {{RecordSearch|1803936| Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1837-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1674804| Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
*'''1880 - 1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674799| Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Death ====
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{{FL Death Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
===== Death Records  =====
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*'''1877-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1595003| Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1877-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1946805| Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1900-1921''' - {{RecordSearch|1674803| Florida, Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
  
*'''1877 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1595003| Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Divorce ====
*'''1900 - 1921''' - {{RecordSearch|1674803| Florida, Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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{{FL Divorce Intro|Okaloosa}}
*'''1877 - 1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1946805| Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
  
===== Divorce Records  =====
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*'''1927-2001''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8837 Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index $
  
*'''1927 - 2001''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8837 Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index $
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== Research Facilities ==
 +
{{FL Research Facilities Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
===== Marriage Records  =====
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=== Archives ===
 +
{{FL Archives Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
*'''1802 - 1998''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=florida%2cfl Florida, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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=== Family History Centers ===
*'''1837 - 1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1674804| Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
*'''1830 - 1993''' - {{RecordSearch|1803936| Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1830 - 1957''' - {{RecordSearch|2397260|Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1957}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1822 - 1875 and 1927 - 2001''' - {{RecordSearch|1949340| Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
  
=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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'''Niceville Florida Family History Center'''<br>1100 South Palm Boulevard<br>Niceville FL 32578<br>Phone: 850-803-3325<br>[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Niceville_Florida_Family_History_Center website]
  
'''Valparaiso Community Library'''<br> 459 Valparaiso Parkway<br> Valparaiso, FL 32580<br> (850) 729-5406<br> [http://vcl.valp.org/index.html Website]  
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'''Crestview Florida Family History Center'''<br>3 Del Cerro Camino<br>Crestview FL 32539-5200<br>
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[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Crestview_Florida_Family_History_Center 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."
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'''Baker Block Museum'''<br>Corner Route 189 and  Hwy 4.<br>Baker, Florida<br>Phone: 850-537-5714<br>[http://bakerblockmuseum.org/clouds/intheclouds/index-a.html website]
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::This location is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Access to certain collections may be limited. Consider contacting the library before your visit.
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Libraries ===
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{{FL Libraries Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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'''Valparaiso Community Library'''<br> 459 Valparaiso Parkway<br> Valparaiso, FL 32580<br> (850) 729-5406<br> [http://vcl.valp.org/index.html Website]
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::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 offersaccess to subscription based online genealogical services."
  
*[[Fort Walton Beach Florida Family History Center]]
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=== Museums ===
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{{FL Museums Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
=== Websites  ===
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== Societies ==
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{{FL Societies Intro|Okaloosa}}
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'''Florida Historical Society'''<br>435 Brevard Ave.<br>Cocoa FL 32922<br>Phone: 321-690-1971<br>[https://myfloridahistory.org/default Website]<br>
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/okaloosa-county/ Okaloosa County, FL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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'''Florida State Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 940927<br>Maitland, FL 32794-0927<br>Phone: 407-494-3747<br>[https://flsgs.org/ Website]
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109469224279413660242 Florida Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208192675888750/ Florida Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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== Websites ==
*[http://usgwarchives.net/fl/toc/okaloosa.htm Okaloosa County, Florida, USGenWeb Archives]  
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{{FL Websites Intro|Okaloosa}}
*{{FHL|Florida%2C+Okaloosa|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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{| style="float:right;
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/Okaloosa/ Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
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|-
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|{{MormonLDSRemoval}}
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|}
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/fl/toc/okaloosa.htm Okaloosa County, Florida, USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/Okaloosa/ Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://fl-genweb.org/ Okaloosa County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc.]
 
*[http://fl-genweb.org/ Okaloosa County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc.]
 
*[https://sites.google.com/site/okaloosacountyflorida/home Okaloosa County, FLGenWeb Project]
 
*[https://sites.google.com/site/okaloosacountyflorida/home Okaloosa County, FLGenWeb Project]
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/fla/okaloosa/ Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy Trails]
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/fla/okaloosa/ Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy Trails]
 
*[https://ldsgenealogy.com/FL/Okaloosa-County.htm Okaloosa County FL Genealogy] (ldsgenealogy.com)
 
*[https://ldsgenealogy.com/FL/Okaloosa-County.htm Okaloosa County FL Genealogy] (ldsgenealogy.com)
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|192317|Florida|Okaloosa}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
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== Research Guides ==
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{{FL Research Guides Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
=== References ===
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== References ==
 
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<references />
<references />{{Florida|Florida}}
 
  
[[Category:Florida Counties]] [[Category:Okaloosa_County,_Florida]]
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{{Florida|Florida}}
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Revision as of 07:50, 5 March 2020

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

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County Facts
County seat: Crestview
Organized: June 3, 1915
Parent County(s): Santa Rosa, Walton[1]
Neighboring Counties
Covington (AL)  • Escambia (AL)  • Santa Rosa  • Walton
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county name is from the Indian words "oka" and "lusa", meaning "blackwater".[2] The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Okaloosa County Courthouse
101 E James Lee Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32536
Phone: 850-689-5800
Okaloosa County Website

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1915. [4]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
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.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[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 Records[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing 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
  • 1885 Florida State Population Census includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, manufacture and mortality.
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

Church Records[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 Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and 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

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for most counties. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Present Hostilities

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

  • 1784 – 1990 FamilySearch Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
  • 1810 – 1974 Ancestry.com $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Okaloosa County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Florida Archives and Libraries.

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

Niceville Florida Family History Center
1100 South Palm Boulevard
Niceville FL 32578
Phone: 850-803-3325
website

Crestview Florida Family History Center
3 Del Cerro Camino
Crestview FL 32539-5200
website

Baker Block Museum
Corner Route 189 and Hwy 4.
Baker, Florida
Phone: 850-537-5714
website

This location is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Access to certain collections may be limited. Consider contacting the library before your visit.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Okaloosa County. For state-wide library facilities, see Florida Archives and Libraries.

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

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 offersaccess to subscription based online genealogical services."

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Okaloosa County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Florida Societies.
Florida Historical Society
435 Brevard Ave.
Cocoa FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971
Website

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 940927
Maitland, FL 32794-0927
Phone: 407-494-3747
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  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Okaloosa County, Florida Genealogy and History”, genealogy trails accessed 04/25/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Okaloosa County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/25/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Okaloosa County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 30 January 2019.