Escambia County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Pensacola
Organized: July 21, 1821
Parent County(s): original county
Neighboring Counties
Baldwin (AL)  • Escambia (AL)  • Santa Rosa  •
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Escambia River. The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Escambia County Courthouse
223 S Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32501
Phone: 850-595-4310
Escambia County Website

Clerk County Court has marriage, probate and court records from 1821.
County Health Department has birth and death records.
Comptroller has land records from 1821. [2]

Escambia 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1891 1821 1919 1821 1821 1821 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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Barth
  • Bay Springs
  • Beach Haven
  • Bellview
  • Beulah
  • Bluff Springs
  • Bogia
  • Bohemia
  • Bratt
  • Brent
  • Brickton
  • Brownsville
  • Byrneville
  • Cerny Heights
  • Chanticleer
  • East Pensacola Heights
  • Ensley
  • Enon
  • Farm Hill
  • Ferry Pass
  • Gaberonne
  • Gandyville
  • Gonzalez
  • Goulding
  • Gulf Beach Heights
  • Happy Valley
  • Haven Park
  • Johnsons Beach
  • McDavid
  • McKinnon
  • Millview
  • Molino
  • Molino Crossroads
  • Muscogee
  • Myrtle Grove
  • Navy Point
  • Oak Grove
  • Olive
  • Oyster Lodge
  • Paradise Beach
  • Pensacola Beach
  • Perdido Bay
  • Perdido Heights
  • Perdido Key
  • Pine Barren
  • Pine Forest
  • Pineville
  • Pleasant Grove
  • Quinavista
  • Quintette
  • Ramsey Beach
  • Sand Cut
  • Sanders Beach
  • Satsuma Heights
  • Seaglades
  • Sherman Grove
  • Tenile
  • Treasure Hill Park
  • Tristan Village
  • Villa Sabine
  • Walnut Hill
  • Warrington
  • West Pensacola
  • Yniestra

  • 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 Escambia, 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

    The following web sites may have additional information on Escambia County cemeteries.

    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    1830 3,386
    1840 3,993 17.9%
    1850 4,351 9.0%
    1860 5,768 32.6%
    1870 7,817 35.5%
    1880 12,156 55.5%
    1890 20,188 66.1%
    1900 28,313 40.2%
    1910 38,029 34.3%
    1920 49,386 29.9%
    1930 53,594 8.5%
    1940 74,667 39.3%
    1950 112,706 50.9%
    1960 173,829 54.2%
    1970 205,334 18.1%
    1980 233,794 13.9%
    1990 262,798 12.4%
    2000 294,410 12.0%
    2010 297,619 1.1%
    Source: "".

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

    • 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.
    List of Churches and Church Parishes

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

    • Pensacola

    Court Records[edit | edit source]

    Directories[edit | edit source]

    Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

    African American

    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.

    • Plat Books and Old Deed Books, Public Records Search Escambiaclerk
    • Florida Territorial Land Records USGenWeb

    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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    for more resources

    Migration[edit | edit source]

    Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Various Wars

    Civil War

    Civil War Battle

    • October 9, 1861 - Santa RosaInd Island nps [6]
    • Civil War battles in Florida nps

    World War I

    World War II

    Korean Conflict

    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 Escambia 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 Escambia County. For state-wide library facilities, see Florida Archives and Libraries.
    Genealogy Branch Library
    5740 N. Ninth Ave.
    Pensacola, FL 32504
    Phone: 850-494-7373

    Pensacola Library
    239 N. Spring St.
    Pensacola, FL 32502
    Phone: 850-436-5060

    Tryon Branch Library
    1200 Langley Ave.
    Pensacola, FL 32504
    Phone: 850-471-6980

    Museums[edit | edit source]

    Societies[edit | edit source]

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

    African American Heritage Society
    200 Church Street
    Pensacola, FL 32502

    West Florida Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 10217
    Pensacola, FL 32524-0217

    University of West Florida Historic Trust
    P.O. Box 12866
    Pensacola, FL 32591
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    Websites[edit | edit source]

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    Research Guides[edit | edit source]

    References[edit | edit source]

    1. Wikipedia contributors, "Escambia County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/24/2017.
    2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    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. Wikipedia contributors, "Escambia County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 26 January 2019.
    6. Heritage Preservation Services, [Civil War Battle Summaries by State