Hillsborough County, Florida Genealogy

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


Hillsborough County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Founded January 25, 1834
County Seat Tampa
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County Information

Hillsborough County, Florida Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1875 1846 1900 1846 1837 1845 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse

Courthouse and Confederate Memorial - Hillsborough County, Florida

Hillsborough County Courthouse
419 N Pierce Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813.276.8100

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records.
Hillsborough County has a number
of addresses for their Clerks of the Circuit Court[2]

Clerk of Circuit Court
George E. Edgecomb Courthouse
800 Twiggs Street
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

Clerk of Circuit Court
Tax Deeds
George E. Edgecomb Courthouse
800 Twiggs Street Room #103
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

Clerk of Circuit Court
Marriage License, Recording, Records Library, Passports
419 Pierce
Room 140
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

Clerk of Circuit Court
Annex Tower
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

Clerk of Circuit Court
County Center
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

Brandon Office

Clerk of Circuit Court
Brandon Regional Service Center
311 Pauls Drive
Suite 110
Brandon, FL 33511 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)
Maps and Directions

SouthShore Office

Clerk of Circuit Court
SouthShore Regional Service Center
410 30th St. S.E.
Ruskin, FL 33570 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)

Plant City Office

Clerk of Circuit Court
Plant City Courthouse
302 North Michigan Avenue
Plant City, FL 33563 Monday - Friday (8 AM - 5 PM)


A brief history of Hillsborough County is given on this website, along with links to other sources.

Parent County

1834--Hillsborough County was created 25 January 1834 from Alachua County. County seat: Tampa [3]


The county was named for Wills Hill, the Earl of Hillsborough, who served as British Secretary of State for the Colonies from 1768 to 1772. The County Seat is Tampa and the county was created January 25, 1834. The County is located in the West 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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

Hillsborough County Courthouse, a small log cabin, was burned by Native Americans during the Second Seminole War.

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]

  • Bullfrog Corner
  • Bone Valley
  • Branchton
  • Callsville
  • Chataocolea
  • Chicora
  • Clarkwild
  • Coronet
  • Cork (now Dover,
  • not to be confused with two
  • other places named Cork)
  • Cork (now Plant City)
  • Cosme
  • Dillon
  • Diston
  • Drew Park, absorbed by Tampa
  • East Cove
  • Edeson
  • Flora
  • Gary
  • Gulf City
  • Harney
  • Hillsboro
  • Ichipucksassa (now Plant City)
  • Idlewild Park
  • Jackson Springs
  • Keystone Park
  • Knights
  • Knowles
  • Lake Fern
  • Lighthall
  • Lillibridge
  • Magdalene
  • Magnolia
  • Mangrove Point
  • Manhattan (absorbed by Tampa)
  • Marvinia
  • Midway
  • Mullins City
  • Nicholls
  • Oliphant
  • Orient
  • Peck
  • Pelot
  • Peru
  • Prairie
  • Riverhead
  • Rocky Point
  • Sparkman
  • Stemper
  • St Helena
  • Trapnell (absorbed by Plant City)
  • Youmans
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties

Hardee • Manatee • Pasco • Pinellas • Polk


African American


Cemeteries of Hillsborough, 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 site may have additional information on Hillsborough County cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Hillsborough 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.

There are over 300 Hillsborough Churches listed on this website, with their location indicated

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Tampa


Emigration and Immigration


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 Hillsborough 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.




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


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

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb


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

  • 1784 – 1990 FamilySearch Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
  • 1810 – 1974 Ancestry.com $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974


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.

University of South Florida Tampa. Some Hillsborough County marriage records

Hillsborough County Vital Records Office

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Public Libraries

The following libraries in Hillsborough County have collections of particular interest to genealogists.

John F. Germany Public Library
900 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, Florida 33602-3788
Telephone: (813) 273-3652
The Hillsborough County Library History and Genealogy Department has a large collection with emphasis on Florida, the southeast region, the original thirteen colonies and all other states bordering on the Mississippi River.

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), Hillsborough 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), Hillsborough 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, "Highlands County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_County,_Florida 04/24/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Hillsborough County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_County,_Florida, accessed 26 January 2019.