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St. Johns County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Saint Augustine
Organized: July 21, 1821
Parent County(s): Original County
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for St. John the Baptist. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

St. Johns County Courthouse
4010 Lewis Speedway Blvd PO Box 300
Saint Augustine, FL 32085
Phone: 904-823-2333
St. Johns County Website

Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records from 1900, court and land records from 1821, marriage and probate records [2]

St. Johns 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
1899 1823 1899 1821 1821 1844 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

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 St. Johns, 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.
1830 2,583
1840 2,694 4.3%
1850 2,525 −6.3%
1860 3,038 20.3%
1870 2,618 −13.8%
1880 4,535 73.2%
1890 8,712 92.1%
1900 9,165 5.2%
1910 13,208 44.1%
1920 13,061 −1.1%
1930 18,676 43.0%
1940 20,012 7.2%
1950 24,998 24.9%
1960 30,034 20.1%
1970 30,727 2.3%
1980 51,303 67.0%
1990 83,829 63.4%
2000 123,135 46.9%
2010 190,039 54.3%
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

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

  • St. Augustine

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 St. Johns 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 St. Johns County. For state-wide library facilities, see Florida Archives and Libraries.
Anastasia Island Branch
124 Sea Grove Main St.
St. Augustine Beach, Florida 32080
Telephone 904-209-3730

Bartram Trail Branch
60 Davis Pond Blvd.
Fruit Cove, Florida 32259
Telephone 904-827-6960

Hastings Branch
6195 S. Main St.
Hastings, Florida 32145
Telephone 904-827-6970

Main Branch
1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Telephone 904-827-6940

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch
101 Library Blvd.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
Telephone 904-827-6950

Southeast Branch
6670 US 1 South
St. Augustine, Florida 32086
Telephone 904-827-6900

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

St. Augustine Genealogical Society
6670 US1 South
St Augustine Florida 32086

St. Augustine Historical Society
6 Artillery Ln.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Telephone 904-825-2333

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Johns County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida 04/26/2017.
  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, "St.Johns County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed Feb 1 2018.