State Archives of Florida

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State Archives of Florida
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



R A Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250 USA

Telephone: 850-245-6719

Hours and holidays: Plan Your Visit

Map, directions, parking, and public transportation:

  • Map:  Google map: State Archives of Florida.
  • Directions:[1]
    • from the north on US-319 (Thomasville, GA)  Turn onto US-319/GA-35 south toward Tallahassee. At the border it becomes US-319/FL-61/Thomasville Rd. In Tallahassee turn slight left onto N Monroe St/US-27 S/FL-63. Continue to follow N Monroe St/US-27 S, 0.7 mi. Turn right onto E Jefferson St/FL-366. Continue to follow FL-366, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto S Bronough St, 0.06 mi. The State Archives at 500 S BRONOUGH ST is on the right.
    • from the east on I-10 (Lake City, FL)  Merge onto I-10 W/FL-8 W toward Tallahassee. Merge onto US-90 W/FL-10 via EXIT 209A toward Tallahassee, 8.5 mi. Turn left onto N Bronough St, 0.5 mi. The State Archives at 500 S BRONOUGH ST is on the right.
    • from the south on US-319 (Crawfordville, FL)  Go north on Crawfordville Hwy/US-319 N/FL-369 toward Tallahassee. Continue to follow FL-369. FL-369 becomes FL-61, 2.2 mi. Stay straight to go onto S Adams St/FL-363, 1.6 mi. Keep left at the fork to go on FL-363, 0.5 mi. FL-363 becomes S Duval St, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto W Pensacola St/FL-366, 0.08 mi. Take the 1st left onto S Bronough St, 0.06 mi. The State Archives at 500 S BRONOUGH ST is on the right.
    • from the west on I-10 (Marianna, FL)  Merge onto I-10 E/FL-8 E toward Tallahassee. Take the US-27 S/Monroe St exit, EXIT 199, toward State Capitol/Fairgrounds/Civic Center, 0.6 mi. Turn right onto US-27 S/FL-63/N Monroe St. Continue to follow US-27 S/N Monroe St, 3.6 mi. Turn right onto E Jefferson St/FL-366. Continue to follow FL-366, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto S Bronough St, 0.06 mi. The State Archives at 500 S BRONOUGH ST is on the right.
  • Parking: Plan Your Visit
  • Public transportation:  Tallahassee StarMetro bus routes D (Dogwood) and F (Forest Route) run on streets next to the Archives. The bus route hub C.K. Steele Plaza is 6 blocks (0.5 mi.) from the Archives.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The State Archives of Florida have a great Florida genealogy collection including state and county documents. This is the place to start research on Florida residents.[2] They have state and local government records, state agency records, manuscripts, and photos. Of interest to genealogists they have federal and state censuses, deeds, marriages, probate, tax rolls, election records, American Indian censuses and records, Florida Pioneer Certificate files, genealogy how-to manuals, colonial and territorial records, military, African American records, online databases, Florida hospital and prison registers, Florida passenger arrival lists, and city directories.[3] Online collections include Confederate Pension Applications, Spanish Land Grants, and World War I Service Cards.

The Archives are in the same building as the State Library of Florida.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Parking: Ask for a parking token at the library circulation desk to keep from paying the $5 fee when exiting the next door parking garage.

Guides[edit | edit source]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the State Archives of Florida, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, records of federal agencies and courts for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, Indian records, and military records.[4]
  • Dallas Public Central Library, Dallas, TX, outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Florida, Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[5]

Similar Collections

  • State Library of Florida, Tallahassee, 700,000 titles: published books, government papers, magazines, and newspapers, 2000 Florida maps, and photos.[6] In the same building as the State Archives.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Based on MapQuest.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 31. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. Genealogy in Florida Department of State (accessed 4 May 2015).
  4. Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  6. About the State Library of Florida in Florida Department of State (accessed 4 May 2015).
  7. 7.0 7.1 Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, UT: Everton Publ., 1999), 75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  8. The Alma C. Field Library of Florida History in Florida's Space Coast (accessed 5 May 2015).
  9. Ask a Genealogy Expert in West Florida Public Library System (accessed 29 April 2015).
  10. Dollarhide and Bremer, 11.
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.