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Miami-Dade County, Florida
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Founded January 18, 1836
County Seat Miami
Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Miami-Dade County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1914 1840 1899 1888 1888 1890 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Miami-Dade County Courthouse
111 NW First St, Ste 220
Miami, FL 33128
Phone:. 305.375.5124

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records from 1890.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1836-- Dade county was founded January 18, 1836 from Monroe County.
County seat: Miami[3]
1997-- Dade County was renamed Miami-Dade November 13, 1997.[4]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Francis L. Dade, a soldier killed in 1835 in the Second Seminole War. Miami is the county seat and the county was created January 18, 1836. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Dade County had a record loss of unknown cause or extent before it became Miami-Dade County.

Places / Localities[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
Villages


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Miami-Dade, 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 Miami-Dade County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Miami-Dade 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[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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Miami-Dade County Recorder

Immigration[edit | edit source]

NARA Ships Passenger Lists These passenger lists cover:

  • 1834 - 1897 Immigration of Russians to the United States
  • 1/12/1846 -12/31/1851 Irish Famine
  • 1850 - 1897 Germans to the United States
  • 1855 - 1900 Italians to the United States

Land[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.

Miami-Dade County Recorder This site allows you to make a search of their records which includes, deeds, probate, mortgages, etc. Some items are digitized for viewing.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Miami-Dade 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[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Miami-Dade County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Miami-Dade 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[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, 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[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Miami-Dade 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), Miami Dade County, Florida Page 136 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: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami-Dade_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Miami-Dade County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami-Dade_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Miami-Dade County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami-Dade_County,_Florida, accessed 30 January 2019.