Miami-Dade County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Miami
Organized: January 18, 1836
Parent County(s): Monroe[1]
Neighboring Counties
Broward  • Collier  • Monroe
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Francis L. Dade, a soldier killed in 1835 in the Second Seminole War. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Miami-Dade County Courthouse
111 NW First St, Ste 220
Miami, FL 33128
Phone: 305-375-5124
Miami-Dade County Website

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and land records from 1890.[3]

Miami-Dade 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
1914 1840 1899 1888 1888 1890 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Villages


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 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 Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 446
1850 159 −64.3%
1860 83 −47.8%
1870 85 2.4%
1880 257 202.4%
1890 861 235.0%
1900 4,955 475.5%
1910 11,933 140.8%
1920 42,753 258.3%
1930 142,955 234.4%
1940 267,739 87.3%
1950 495,084 84.9%
1960 935,047 88.9%
1970 1,267,792 35.6%
1980 1,625,781 28.2%
1990 1,937,094 19.1%
2000 2,253,362 16.3%
2010 2,496,435 10.8%
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]

Miami-Dade County Recorder

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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

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.

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 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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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

School 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 and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Homestead Florida Family History Center
29600 SW 167 Avenue
Homestead Florida 33090
E-mail: FL_Homestead@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Miami Florida Family History Center
9900 W Flagler St
Miami FL 33157
Phone: 305-485-0463
E-mail:FL_Miami@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Miami Lakes Florida Family History Center
8201 NW 186th
St Hialeah FL 33015
Phone: 305-829-2392
E-mail: FL_MiamiLakes@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Miami Shores Florida Family History Center
2601 NE 163rd St
North Miami Beach FL 33160
Phone: 305-944-8590
E-mail:FL_MiamiShores@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Miami Springs Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 660022
Miami Springs, FL 33166
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

The Genealogical Society of Greater Miami, Inc.
PO Box 565404
Miami, FL 33256-5404
Phone: 786-519-7476
Facebook Website

Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Miami
4200 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: 305-576-4000
Facebook Website

Miami Springs Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 660022
Miami Springs, FL 33166
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, "Miami-Dade County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/25/2017.
  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. Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miami-Dade_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Miami-Dade County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 30 January 2019.