Leon County, Florida Genealogy

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


Leon County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Location of Florida in the U.S.
Founded December 29, 1824
County Seat Tallahassee
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County Information

Leon County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1828 1830 1825 1824

County Courthouse 

Leon County Courthouse
301 S Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32302

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1825
and military discharge records from 1914.
County Health Department has birth, death and burial records. [2]


Parent County

1824--Leon County was created 29 December 1824 from Gadsden County.
County seat: Tallahassee [3]


The county was named for Juan Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer who was the first European to reach Florida. The County Seat is Tallahassee and the county was created 1824.[4] The County is located in the Northwest area of the state.[5]

Boundary Changes

1821-1997 MapofUS "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps"

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places


Unincorportated Communities

Belair, Bradford, Centerville, Chaires, Felkel, Fort Braden, Lamonia, Meridian, Miccosukee, Ochlockonee, Wadesboro

Neighboring Counties


African American


Cemeteries of Leon, 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 Leon County cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Leon 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.



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 Leon 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 Leon County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb



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

Tallahassee Genealogical Society
PO Box 4371
Tallahassee, FL 32315-4371

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. 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), Leon County, Florida Page 135 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, “Leon County, Florida Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/fla/leon/ accessed 04/25/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Leon County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.