Escambia County, Florida Genealogy

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

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Escambia County, Florida
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Facts
Founded July 21, 1821
County Seat Pensacola
Courthouse
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County Information

Escambia County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1891 1821 1919 1830 1821 1821

County Courthouse

Escambia County Courthouse
223 S Palafox Place
Pensacola, FL 32501
Phone: 850.595.4310

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]

History

Parent County

1821--Escambia County was created 21 July 1821 as an original county.
County seat: Pensacola [3]

Description

The county was named for the Escambia River. The County Seat is Pensacola and the county was created July 21, 1821. The County is located in the Northwest 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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Baldwin County, Alabama • Escambia County, Alabama • Santa Rosa

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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Escambia, 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 Escambia County cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing Escambia 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

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Pensacola

Court


Emigration and Immigration

  • Florida and South Carolina, Airplane Arrival Manifests, 1944-1945 FamilySearch


Land

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

Local histories are available for Escambia 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.

Maps

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Military

Various Wars
Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Escambia County:

October 9, 1861 = Santa RosaInd Island nps [5]
Civil War battles in Florida nps
World War I
World War II
Korean Conflict
Vietnam War

Newspapers

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

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Obituaries

Probate

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

Taxation

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

Escambia County Historical Society
223 South Palafox Place
Pensacola 32501-5845

Pensacola Historical Society
117 E. Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32501
Telephone Number: 904-433-1559

West Florida Genealogical Society
PO Box 947
Pensacola, FL 32594-0947
Website



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.

Websites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 123-139. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Escambia County, Florida. Page 134 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, "Escambia County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escambia_County,_Florida 04/24/2017.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State