Bradford County, Florida Genealogy

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Bradford County, Florida
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Founded December 21, 1858
County Seat Starke
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County Courthouse


Named for Captain Richard Bradford who was killed in the American Civil War's Battle of Santa Rosa Island.

Parent County

New River County was created on December 21, 1858 by an act of the Florida Legislature. December 6, 1861 New River County was divided into two counties. The new county was named Baker County annd New River's name was changed to BRADFORD County in honor of Captain Bradford who was killed in the Civil War.

In the 1860 New River population was 3820 In 1861 the population was virtually halved by the carving of Baker from New River. The 1870 Bradford County's population was 1325 people and the decrease was not due to a massive migration away from the area, but due to Bradford having been split into several Counties.
County seat: Starke [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1865 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Brooker | Hampton | Lawtey | Starke| Clayno | Graham | Hampton Beach | Heilbronn | New River | Pleasant Grove | Sampson | Saxton | Theressa

Neighboring Counties

Alachua | Baker | Clay | Putnam | Union



LDS Cemetery Records

Florida Vol. 1
page 64 - Conner Cemetery
page 66 - Dyal Cemetery
page 76 - Evergreen Cemetery
Florida Vol. 7
page 114 - Evergreen Cemetery
page 118 - Kelly Family Cemetery
page 119 - McKinney Family Cemeteyr
page 121 - Markey Family Cemetery
page 122 - Parrish Family Cemetery
page 123 - Strickland Family Cemetery


1860 Federal Census Slave Schedule

The 1885 Florida State Population Census  includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, and mortality.




Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).