Brevard County, Florida Genealogy

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


Brevard County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Founded January 6, 1844
County Seat Titusville
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County Information

Brevard County, Florida Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
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.

County Courthouse

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

Formerly St. Lucie County Name changed to Brevard 6 Jan 1855
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[2]


Parent County

1844--Brevard County was created from Mosquito County and was first called St. Lucie. It was renamed to Brevard County 6 January 1855. Mosquito County was renamed to Orange County in 1845.
County seat: Titusville [3]


The county was named for Judge Theodore W. Brevard, an early setter, and state comptroller. The County Seat is Titusville and the county was created March 14, 1844. The County is located in the East Central area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

Some records prior to 1885 have been destroyed.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

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
  • 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

Neighboring Counties

Indian River  •  Orange  •  Osceola  •  Seminole  •  Volusia



Cemeteries of Brevard, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions 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 Brevard County cemeteries.


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

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb


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.



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


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

Local histories are available for Brevard County, Florida Genealogy. 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.


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Civil War
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Brevard County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb



Probate records are held by the Brevard County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Brevard County, Florida Genealogy Courthouse. See the wiki page Florida Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Probate Records


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

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, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online. See also How to order Florida Vital Records

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Florida.

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Brevard Genealogical Society
PO Box 1123
Cocoa 32923-1123

Brevard Heritage Council
870 Indionola Dr.
Merritt Island, FL 32953

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

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

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

South Brevard Historical Society
PO Box 1064
Melbourne, FL 32902-1064
Telephone Number: 321-432-3861

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brevard County, Florida . Page 133-137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 143-145.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brevard County, Florida. Page 133 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Bradford County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida 04/24/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Brevard County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida, accessed 30 January 2019.