Brevard County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Titusville
Organized: March 14, 1844
Parent County(s): Orange[1]
Neighboring Counties
Indian River  • Orange  • Osceola  • Seminole  • Volusia
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Judge Theodore W. Brevard, an early settler, and state comptroller. The County is located in the East Central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Brevard County Courthouse
400 S Street
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-633-1924
Brevard County Website

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1868, land records from 1871, divorce and court records from 1879, probate records from 1917 and military discharge records from 1919
County Health Department Superintendent has death rec from 1985 and birth records; some records prior to 1885 destroyed[3]

Brevard 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1930 1868 1985 1879 1871 1917 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Some records prior to 1885 have been destroyed.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1844-- March 14, 1844, St. Lucie is created (later becomes Brevard County) from Mosquito County.
  • 1845-- St. Lucie County renamed to Brevard County 6 January 1855.
  • County seat: Titusville[5]

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Allenhurst
  • Angel City
  • Audubon
  • Aurantia
  • Aurora
  • Ballard Pines
  • Bellwood
  • Bonaventure
  • Canaveral Acres
  • Canova Beach
  • City Point
  • Courtenay
  • Delespine
  • Dummit Grove
  • East Mims
  • Eau Gallie
  • Evans Pines
  • Floridana Beach
  • Footman
  • Frontenac
  • Georgiana
  • Grant
  • Indian River City
  • Indianola
  • Jay Jay
  • La Grange
  • Lotus
  • Melbourne Gardens
  • Melbourne Shores
  • Mintons Corner
  • Orsino
  • Pineda
  • Rockwell
  • Scottsmoor
  • Shiloh
  • South Cocoa Beach
  • South Patrick
  • South Titusville
  • Southmere
  • Tropic
  • Turnbull
  • Valkaria
  • Viera
  • West Eau Gallie
  • Wiley
  • Williams Point
  • Wilson
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 Brevard, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 246
1870 1,216 394.3%
1880 1,478 21.5%
1890 3,401 130.1%
1900 5,158 51.7%
1910 4,717 −8.5%
1920 8,505 80.3%
1930 13,283 56.2%
1940 16,142 21.5%
1950 23,653 46.5%
1960 111,435 371.1%
1970 230,006 106.4%
1980 272,959 18.7%
1990 398,978 46.2%
2000 476,320 19.4%
2010 543,376 14.1%
Source: "".

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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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]

Voter Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Brevard County Public Libraries
Telephone: 855-210-0357
Multiple locations. Among the 17 Brevard County Libraries, three (listed below) have genealogy collections available to the public.

Catherine Schweinsberg Rood Central Library
308 Forrest Ave.
Cocoa, FL 32922
Telephone: 321-633-1792
Melbourne Public Library
540 East Fee Ave.
Melbourne, FL 32901
Telephone: 321-952-4514
The Titusville Public Library
2121 S. Hopkins Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Telephone: 321-264-5026

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Brevard County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Florida Societies.

Brevard Genealogical Society
PO Box 1123
Cocoa, FL 32923-1123

Brevard Heritage Council
3783 Indian River Dr
Cocoa, FL 32922
Telephone: 321-537-6607

Genealogical Society of South Brevard
PO Box 786
Melbourne, FL 32902-0786

Genealogical Society Of North Brevard, INC.
PO Box 897
Titusville, FL 32781-0897

North Brevard Historical Society and Museum
301 South Washington Avenue
PO Box 5265
Titusville, FL 32783
Telephone: 321-269-3658

South Brevard Historical Society
PO Box 1064
Melbourne, FL 32902-1064
Telephone: 321-725-4115

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Bradford County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/24/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Brevard County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, website, accessed 30 January 2019.