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*'''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]
 
*'''1880''' Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1880afri.txt USGenWeb]
*'''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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*'''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. - [[Florida State Census, 1885 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*Federal Census Information from National Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/federal.txt USGenWeb]
 
*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]
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'''''Civil War'''''<br>
 
'''''Civil War'''''<br>
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932369|Florida Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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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] - [[Florida Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932395|Florida Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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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] - [[Florida Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''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)
 
*'''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)
 
*'''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)
 
*'''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)
*'''1885-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1913411|Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1885-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1913411|Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
'''''World War I'''''<br>
 
'''''World War I'''''<br>
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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/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)
 
*'''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]
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*'''1917-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|3010015|Florida, World War I Navy Card Roster, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Florida, World War I Navy card roster - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
'''''World War II'''''<br>
 
'''''World War II'''''<br>
*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2695955|Florida, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1940-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2695955|Florida, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Florida, World War II Draft Registration Cards - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*[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)
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''Online Indexes and Records''<br>
 
''Online Indexes and Records''<br>
*'''1784 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2046765| FamilySearch}} Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
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*'''1784 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2046765|Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Florida Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''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
  
 
=== School Records ===
 
=== School Records ===
 
{{FL Schools Intro|Okaloosa}}
 
{{FL Schools Intro|Okaloosa}}
==Social Security Records==
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===Social Security Records===
 
*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
 
*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
 
*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
 
*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
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{{FL Birth Intro|Okaloosa}}
 
{{FL Birth Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
*'''1880-1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674799| Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1880-1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1674799| Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Florida Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
==== Marriage ====
 
==== Marriage ====
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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]  $
 
*'''1802-1998''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=florida%2cfl Florida, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast]  $
*'''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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*'''1822-1875 and 1927 - 2001''' - {{RecordSearch|1949340| Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Florida Marriage Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1830-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|2397260|Florida, County Marriages, 1830-1957}} 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] - [[Florida, Marriage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1830-1993''' - {{RecordSearch|1803936| Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993}} 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] - [[Florida, Marriage Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1837-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1674804| Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974}} 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] - [[Florida Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
==== Death ====
 
==== Death ====
 
{{FL Death Intro|Okaloosa}}
 
{{FL Death Intro|Okaloosa}}
  
*'''1877-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1595003| Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1877-1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1595003| Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]- [[Florida Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1877-1998''' - {{RecordSearch|1946805| Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998}} 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] - [[Florida Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1900-1921''' - {{RecordSearch|1674803| Florida, Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921}} 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] - [[Florida Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
==== Divorce ====
 
==== Divorce ====
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
'''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]
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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.
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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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'''Crestview Florida Family History Center'''<br>3 Del Cerro Camino<br>Crestview FL 32539-5200<br>
 
'''Crestview Florida Family History Center'''<br>3 Del Cerro Camino<br>Crestview FL 32539-5200<br>
 
[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Crestview_Florida_Family_History_Center website]
 
[https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Crestview_Florida_Family_History_Center website]
  
'''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.
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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]
  
 
=== Libraries ===
 
=== Libraries ===

Revision as of 19:21, 12 October 2020

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

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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920 9,360
1930 9,897 5.7%
1940 12,900 30.3%
1950 27,533 113.4%
1960 61,175 122.2%
1970 88,187 44.2%
1980 109,920 24.6%
1990 143,776 30.8%
2000 170,498 18.6%
2010 180,822 6.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

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

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security 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

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

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


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


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

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
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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.