Broward County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Fort Lauderdale
Organized: April 30, 1915
Parent County(s): Dade, Palm Beach[1]
Neighboring Counties
Collier  • Hendry  • Miami-Dade  • Palm Beach
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. [2]The county is located in the Southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Broward County Courthouse
201 SE 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-765-4578
Broward County Website

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

Broward 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 1917 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]

  • 1915- Broward County was created 30 April 1915 from Dade and Palm Beach Counties.
  • County seat: Fort Lauderdale[6]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Broward County The following are locations in the county:[7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Andytown
  • Arlington Park
  • Avon Park
  • Barwal
  • Bay Harbor
  • Beverley Beach
  • Birch Ocean Front
  • Bonnie Loch
  • Broadview
  • Broward Gardens
  • Broward Highlands
  • Browardale
  • Carver Heights
  • Carver Ranches
  • Carver Village
  • Chula Vista Isles
  • Coconut Creek Park
  • College Park
  • Coral Heights
  • Coral Hills
  • Coral Manor
  • Coral Ridge
  • Coral Ridge Isles
  • Coral Villas
  • Coral Woods
  • Country Club Isles
  • Cresthaven
  • Crystal Lake
  • Cypress Harbor
  • Cypress Isles Estates
  • Driftwood Acres
  • East Gate Park
  • Fair Gate
  • Fairlawn
  • Fern Crest Village
  • Flamingo Village
  • Fleetwood Manor
  • Floresta Estates
  • Garden Isles
  • Golden Isles
  • Golf Estates
  • Hacienda Village
  • Hammondville
  • Harbor Beach
  • Harbor Heights
  • Harbor Village
  • Hillsboro Ranches
  • Hollywood Ridge Farms
  • Imperial Point
  • Jenada Isles
  • Jessie Willies
  • Kendall Green
  • Lake Forest
  • Lakeview
  • Lauderdale Harbors
  • Leisureville
  • Little Harbor on the Hillsboro
  • Lloyds Estates
  • Loch Lomond
  • Lyons Park
  • Melalevca Isles
  • Melrose Park
  • Miami Gardens
  • Middle River
  • Middle River Manor
  • Middle River Vista
  • North Andrew Gardens
  • North Andrews Gardens
  • North Bal Harbor
  • North Pompano Beach
  • Nurmi Isles
  • Oak Point
  • Ocean Vue
  • Palm Aire
  • Park Haven
  • Parkridge MH Park
  • Parkway MH Court
  • Pine Island Ridge
  • Pinehurst Village
  • Plantation Acres
  • Plantation Gardens
  • Plantation Isles
  • Plantation Park
  • Playland Isles
  • Playland Village
  • Pompano Beach Highlands
  • Pompano Park
  • Port Everglades
  • Port Laudania
  • Rio Vista Isles
  • Riverland
  • Rock Island
  • Ro-Len Lake Gardens
  • Rolling Oaks
  • Royal Palm Isles
  • Royal Palm Ranches
  • Saint George
  • Sanders Park
  • Santa Barbara Shores
  • Shorewood
  • Silver Shores
  • Soroka Shores
  • Sun Swept Isles
  • Sunrise
  • Sunrise Heights
  • Sunrise Key
  • Sunshine Acres
  • Sunshine Park
  • Sunshine Ranches
  • Tedder
  • Terra Mar
  • The Cove
  • Twin Lakes
  • Utopia
  • Village Park
  • West Deerfield Beach
  • West Dixie Bend
  • West Hollywood
  • Westgate Lake Manor
  • Woodsetter North
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 Broward, 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.
1920 5,135
1930 20,094 291.3%
1940 39,794 98.0%
1950 83,933 110.9%
1960 333,946 297.9%
1970 620,100 85.7%
1980 1,018,200 64.2%
1990 1,255,488 23.3%
2000 1,623,018 29.3%
2010 1,748,066 7.7%
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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

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Pompano

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

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  • 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]

Coral Springs[edit | edit source]

Dania Beach[edit | edit source]

Davie[edit | edit source]

Deerfield Beach[edit | edit source]

Fort Lauderdale[edit | edit source]

Hallandale[edit | edit source]

Hollywood[edit | edit source]

Lauderdale Lakes[edit | edit source]

Lauderhill[edit | edit source]

Lighthouse Point[edit | edit source]

Margate[edit | edit source]

Miramar[edit | edit source]

North Lauderdale[edit | edit source]

Oakland Park[edit | edit source]

Pembroke Pines[edit | edit source]

Plantation[edit | edit source]

Pompano Beach[edit | edit source]

Southwest Ranches[edit | edit source]

Tamarac[edit | edit source]

West Park[edit | edit source]

Wilton Manors[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 Broward 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 Broward County. For state-wide library facilities, see Florida Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum
Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

219 WS 2nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-463-4431

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Genealogical Society of Broward County
PO Box 290661
Davie, FL 33329-0661
Phone: 754-900-1545

Oakland Park Historical Society
3976 NE Sixth Ave.
Oakland Park, FL 33334
Phone: 954-253-0850

Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County
PO Box 17251
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33318
Phone: 754-223-9201

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, “Broward County, Florida Genealogy and History”, genealogytrails accessed 04/24/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Broward County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wiki 04/24/2017.
  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, "Broward County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia County,_Florida, accessed 24 September 2018.