Collier County, Florida Genealogy

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


Collier County, Florida
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Founded May 8, 1923
County Seat Naples
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County Information

Collier County, Florida Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1923 1899 1923 1923 1923 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse

Collier County Courthouse
3315 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112-5324 
Phone: 941.732.2646

County Judge has marriage and probate records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1923[2]


Parent County

1923--Collier County was created 8 May 1923 from Lee County.
County seat: Naples [3]


The county was named for Barron G. Collier, a New York City advertising mogul and real estate developer. The County Seat is Naples and the county was created May 8,1923. The County is located in the Southwest 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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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
  • Ave Maria
  • Barefoot Beach
  • Belle Meade
  • Carnestown
  • Copeland
  • Corkscrew
  • Deep Lake
  • East Naples
  • Fakahatchee
  • Four Seasons
  • Gulf Harbor
  • Harker
  • Isles of Capri
  • Jerome
  • Lee Cypress
  • Miles City
  • North Naples
  • Ochopee
  • Old Grove
  • Port Royal
  • Royal Harbor
  • Royal Palm Hammock
  • Shell Island
  • Sunniland
  • Trailtown
  • Turkey Foot
  • Vanderbilt Beach
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Weavers Station
  • Willoughby Acres
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties

Broward  • Hendry  • Lee  • Miami-Dade  • Monroe


African American


Charles Benjamin Daniels

Edward Robert Newell- 1840/41 - 1926 - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Albert Benjamin Addison - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.


Cemeteries of Collier, 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 Collier County cemeteries.


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


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.



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.

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Collier 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 Collier County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Pioneer's of Collier

Speed Menefee - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.


Probate records are held by the Collier County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Collier 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

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), Collier 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), Collier 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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Collier County, Florida Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/24/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Collier County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida, accessed 25 September 2018.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at