Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: West Palm Beach
Organized: April 30, 1909
Parent County(s): Dade[1]
Neighboring Counties
Broward  • Glades  • Hendry  • Martin  • Okeechobee
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Palm Beach, Florida.[2] The County is located in the Southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Palm Beach County Courthouse
301 N Olive Ave;
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-4705
Phone: 561-355-2754
Palm Beach County Website

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records. [4]

Palm Beach 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1909 1899 1909 1909 1909 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

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
Unincorporated communities
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 Palm Beach, 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 Palm Beach County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 5,577
1920 18,654 234.5%
1930 51,781 177.6%
1940 79,989 54.5%
1950 114,688 43.4%
1960 228,106 98.9%
1970 348,753 52.9%
1980 576,863 65.4%
1990 863,518 49.7%
2000 1,131,184 31.0%
2010 1,320,134 16.7%
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
  • Palm Beach FLGenWeb

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

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Palm Beach W.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and 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

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.

Land Grants of Palm Beach Co FLGenWeb

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.

  • Vivian Reissland Rouson-Gossett, C. Spencer Pompeym and Melvin Haynes: Like a mighty Banyan: contribution of Black people to the history of Palm Beach County. (Palm Beach County, FLA.: Palm Beach Junior College) [1982]. WorldCat (Other Libraries)

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]

Current Newspapers of Palm Beach Co FLGenWeb

Courtesy of The Boca Raton Historical Society Archives:

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]

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.

Boca Raton Florida Family History Center
1530 West Camino Real
Boca Raton Florida 33486-5468
Phone:561-395-6644
E-mail:FL_BocaRaton@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Jupiter Florida Family History Center
6400 Roebuck Rd
Jupiter FL 33458
Phone: 561-748-3818
E-mail:FL_Jupiter@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Palm Beach Florida Family History Center
1710 Carandis Rd
West Palm Beach FL 33406-5280
Phone: 561-533-8803
E-mail:FL_PalmBeach@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Wellington Florida Family History Center
990 Big Blue Trace
Wellington FL 33414
Phone: 561-798-9037
E-mail:FL_Wellington@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County
3650 Summit Blvd
West Palm Beach FL 33406
Phone: 561-616-3455
website

This location is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Palm Beach County Library
3650 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Phone: 561-233-2600
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County
PO Box 17617
3650 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33416
Phone: 561-616-3455
Website

Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
PO Box 7796
Delray Beach, FL 33482-7796
Phone: 561-450-9577
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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy and History”, genealogy trails accessed 04/25/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Palm Beach County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/25/2017.
  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. 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, "Palm Beach County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 10 Dec 2018.