Holmes County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Bonifay
Organized: January 8, 1848
Parent County(s): Jackson[1]
Neighboring Counties
Geneva (AL)  • Houston (AL)  • Jackson  • Walton  • Washington  •
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county's namesake is a point of debate. One claim is that the county was named for Thomas J. Holmes, who came from North Carolina to settle in the area about 1830. Another is that it is named after Holmes, an American Indian chief who settled in the area with his band of Red Stick Creek Indians after 1814. The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Holmes County Courthouse
201 N Oklahoma Street
Bonifay, FL 32425
Phone: 850-547-1100
Holmes County Website

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage probate, divorce, court and land records.[3]

Holmes County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1902 1899 1900 1900 1902 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1870 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
1902 -- The Westville Courthouse was burned in 1902, and most early county records perished with it.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • [Ards Crossroads
  • Arrant Settlement
  • Baker Settlement
  • Barker Store
  • Bayou Crossing
  • Bethlehem
  • Bounds Crossing
  • Cerrogordo
  • Cobb Cross Roads
  • Eleanor
  • Gritney
  • Hathaway Mill
  • Hickory Hill
  • Hobbs Crossroads
  • Holland Crossroads
  • Hoover Mill
  • Izagora
  • Leonia
  • Miller Crossroads
  • New Hope
  • Noma Junction
  • Pittman
  • Prosperity
  • Royals Crossroads
  • Smith Crossroads
  • Smyrna
  • Tendil Crossing
  • Underwood Crossing
  • Wynnlum
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Holmes, 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 Holmes County cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,205
1860 1,386 15.0%
1870 1,572 13.4%
1880 2,170 38.0%
1890 4,336 99.8%
1900 7,762 79.0%
1910 11,557 48.9%
1920 12,850 11.2%
1930 12,924 0.6%
1940 15,447 19.5%
1950 13,988 −9.4%
1960 10,844 −22.5%
1970 10,720 −1.1%
1980 14,723 37.3%
1990 15,778 7.2%
2000 18,564 17.7%
2010 19,927 7.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing 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
  • 1885 - Florida State Population Census includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, manufacture and mortality.
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for most counties. 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

War of 1812

  • USGenWeb Archives Some Military Land Grants In Holmes Co. FL For Soldiers Of The War Of 1812 Project

Indian Wars

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • USGenWeb Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

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

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Bonifay Florida Family History Center
3080 Northride Ln
Bonifay, FL 32425
Telephone: 850-547-4557
E-mail: FL_Bonifay@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Holmes County Public Library
303 North J. Harvey Etheridge Street
Bonifay, Florida 32425
Phone: 850-547-3573
Facebook website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Holmes County Historical Society
412 W. Kansas
Bonifay, FL 3242
Facebook

The West Florida Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 10217
5740 N 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32524-0217
Phone: 850-494-7373
E-mail: info@wfgsi.org
Website

Florida Historical Society
435 Brevard Ave.
Cocoa FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971
Website

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 940927
Maitland, FL 32794-0927
Phone: 407-494-3747
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Holmes County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/24/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Holmes County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 26 January 2019.