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'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
 
'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
  
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], [[Adoption Research|adoptions]], [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], [[United States Divorce Records|divorces]], and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/florida.htm Florida State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [https://www.familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&collectionId=&fed=false&page=1&catSearchType=keywords&searchCriteria=Florida+Statewide+Indexes&placeName=&author_givenName=&author_surname= Florida Statewide Indexes] at the Family History Library.  
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], [[Adoption Research|adoptions]], [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], [[United States Divorce Records|divorces]], and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/florida.htm Florida State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
  
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== Florida Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
 
== Florida Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
  
{{Adoption FLGenWeb}} The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Florida Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], [[Adoption Research|adoptions]], [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], [[United States Divorce Records|divorces]], and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Check [[Florida_Vital_Records|Florida Vital Records Online]] for more information about the resources listed below. Most online resources for Florida Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''  
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{{Adoption FLGenWeb}} The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Florida Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], [[Adoption Research|adoptions]], [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], [[United States Divorce Records|divorces]], and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Most online resources for Florida Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''  
 
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*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Florida/florida.htm Florida Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free
 
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Florida Florida Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Florida Florida Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [https://sites.google.com/a/flgenweb.net/official/ Florida Site] - Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [https://sites.google.com/a/flgenweb.net/official/ Florida Site] - Free  
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*Online Links for Florida [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Florida Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$  
 
*Online Links for Florida [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Florida Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/ Florida Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/ Florida Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Florida''' or '''FL''' -&nbsp;Free/$
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*Search the [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/US/Florida/Default.aspx Florida Birth, Marriage, and eath] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;  
*Search the [http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=12&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Florida Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;  
 
 
*CDC to order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Florida.htm Florida Certificates] online. It&nbsp;also shows where to write and any restrictions&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free site, but the certificates cost money <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;
 
*CDC to order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Florida.htm Florida Certificates] online. It&nbsp;also shows where to write and any restrictions&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free site, but the certificates cost money <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;
  
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'''early - 1899'''  
 
'''early - 1899'''  
  
The Family History Library has copies of original birth and death records for some counties of [[Florida]] as well as an extensive collection of delayed birth records dating to the 1960s. For example, there are 22 microfilms of delayed birth records for Leon County, 1874 to 1948, and two films of Pensacola birth and death records, 1891 to 1910.  
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The Family History Library has copies of original birth and death records for some counties of [[Florida]] as well as an extensive collection of delayed birth records dating to the 1860s. For example, there are 22 microfilms of delayed birth records for Leon County, 1874 to 1948, and two films of Pensacola birth and death records, 1891 to 1910.  
  
 
'''1899 - present'''  
 
'''1899 - present'''  
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A digital index at FamilySearch is:  
 
A digital index at FamilySearch is:  
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674799 Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935] and [[Florida Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description of the records]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674799?collectionNameFilter=false Florida Births and Christenings, 1880-1935] and [[Florida Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description of the records]]
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Florida county birth records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/FL_FRB.html here].
  
 
State records are closed to the general public. Conditions for obtaining a record may be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics.  
 
State records are closed to the general public. Conditions for obtaining a record may be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics.  
  
:Office of Vital Statistics<br>1217 Pearl Street<br>P.O. Box 210<br>Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042<br>Telephone: 904-359-6900 <br>Fax: 904-359-6931 <br>Internet: [http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/index.html Florida Office of Vital Statistics]
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:Bureau of Vital Statistics<br>Attn:  Vital Records Section<br>P.O. Box 210<br>Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042<br>Telephone: 904-359-6900 <br>Fax: 904-359-6931 <br>Internet: [http://www.floridahealth.gov/certificates/certificates/birth/ Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics]
  
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Births_and_Christenings_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29Florida Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
 
  
 
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==== Adoption Records  ====
 
==== Adoption Records  ====
  
Adoption records are confidential.&nbsp; Medical background on the birth family is given to the adoptive family at adoption.&nbsp; It can be obtained by the adoptee at age eighteen&nbsp; from the Family and Children Services Program, Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Servies.
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Adoption records are confidential.&nbsp; Medical background on the birth family is given to the adoptive family at adoption.&nbsp; It can be obtained by the adoptee at age eighteen&nbsp; from the Family and Children Services Program, Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Servies.  
  
Identifying information about a birth parent, an adoptive parent, or an adoptee may not be disclosed unless the person has consented in writing.<ref>Adoption.com [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/florida-laws.html Florida Laws].</ref>
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Identifying information about a birth parent, an adoptive parent, or an adoptee may not be disclosed unless the person has consented in writing.<ref>Adoption.com [http://laws.adoption.com/statutes/florida-laws.html Florida Laws].</ref>  
  
 
[http://www.adoptflorida.com/Reunion-Registry.htm Florida’s Adoption Reunion Registry] (FARR) helps people who were adopted or who gave a child up for adoption to reunite. People are listed on a registry. FARR is operated by the state of Florida Department of Children and Families. It also explains how to get medical background.<br>
 
[http://www.adoptflorida.com/Reunion-Registry.htm Florida’s Adoption Reunion Registry] (FARR) helps people who were adopted or who gave a child up for adoption to reunite. People are listed on a registry. FARR is operated by the state of Florida Department of Children and Families. It also explains how to get medical background.<br>
  
 
== Marriage Records  ==
 
== Marriage Records  ==
 
'''1927 - Present'''
 
  
 
Statewide registration of marriages began in June 1927.  
 
Statewide registration of marriages began in June 1927.  
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Marriage records have been kept by each county, usually from the date the county was created. The Family History Library has a large collection of county marriage records. For example, the marriage licenses of the county judge for Hillsborough County are on 93 microfilms for the years 1849 to 1951, 1853 to 1927, and 1940 to 1956, with an index for 1846 to 1980.  
 
Marriage records have been kept by each county, usually from the date the county was created. The Family History Library has a large collection of county marriage records. For example, the marriage licenses of the county judge for Hillsborough County are on 93 microfilms for the years 1849 to 1951, 1853 to 1927, and 1940 to 1956, with an index for 1846 to 1980.  
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803936 Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993] has a name index and images. A [[Florida County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records is also available.
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*[https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=florida United States Marriages – Florida, 1802-1998] ($) index and images
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674804 Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974]&nbsp;&nbsp;has a name index. A [[Florida Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] is also available.
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61369 Florida, County Marriages, 1823-1982] index and images ($)
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803936?collectionNameFilter=false Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993] has a name index and images. A [[Florida County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records is also available.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674804?collectionNameFilter=false Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974]&nbsp;&nbsp;has a name index. A [[Florida Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] is also available.
  
 
Florida Combined Marriage Index'',''1927-1969''. <ref>Family History Library microfiche {{FHL|6081726|film}}film numbers 6081726-68. </ref>These records are in the Office of Vital Statistics.''  
 
Florida Combined Marriage Index'',''1927-1969''. <ref>Family History Library microfiche {{FHL|6081726|film}}film numbers 6081726-68. </ref>These records are in the Office of Vital Statistics.''  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Florida county marriage records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/FL_FRM.html here].
  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Marriages_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Florida Marriages, 1837-1974 (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records)]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Marriages_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Florida Marriages, 1837-1974 (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records)]
  
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The Family History Library has 305 microfiche of the ''Florida Combined Divorce and Annulment Index, 1927-1969''. <ref>Family History Library microfiche {{FHL|6081683}} film numbers 6081683-725.</ref>  
 
The Family History Library has 305 microfiche of the ''Florida Combined Divorce and Annulment Index, 1927-1969''. <ref>Family History Library microfiche {{FHL|6081683}} film numbers 6081683-725.</ref>  
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1967745 Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001] with a [[Florida Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1967745?collectionNameFilter=false Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001] with a [[Florida Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records.
  
 
'''A wiki article describing an oline collection is found at:&nbsp;'''  
 
'''A wiki article describing an oline collection is found at:&nbsp;'''  
  
[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Divorce_Index_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Florida Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
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[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Divorce_Index_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Florida Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
  
 
== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
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'''1917 to Present'''  
 
'''1917 to Present'''  
  
State records are closed to the general public. Conditions for obtaining a record may be obtained from the [http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/index.html Office of Vital Statistics].  
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State records are closed to the general public. Conditions for obtaining a record may be obtained from the [http://www.floridahealth.gov/certificates/certificates/birth/ Bureau of Vital Statistics].  
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1946805 Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998] is a name index without images with a [[Florida Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1946805?collectionNameFilter=false Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998] is a name index without images with a [[Florida Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records.
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1595003 Florida Deaths, 1877-1939] is a name index to death certificates without images. A [[Florida Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records is available.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1595003?collectionNameFilter=false Florida Deaths, 1877-1939] is a name index to death certificates without images. A [[Florida Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records is available.
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674803%7CFlorida Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921] is a name index to death and burial records from the state of Florida.&nbsp; Images of the records are not available. A [[Florida Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records is given.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674803?collectionNameFilter=false Florida Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921] is a name index to death and burial records from the state of Florida.&nbsp; Images of the records are not available. A [[Florida Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|description]] of the records is given.
  
 
The Family History Library has 143 microfiche of the Florida Combined Death Index, 1877-1969. <ref>Family History Library microfiche {{FHL|6081769}}</ref> You can obtain copies of the state's records by writing to:  
 
The Family History Library has 143 microfiche of the Florida Combined Death Index, 1877-1969. <ref>Family History Library microfiche {{FHL|6081769}}</ref> You can obtain copies of the state's records by writing to:  
  
:Office of Vital Statistics<br>1217 Pearl Street<br>P.O. Box 210<br>Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042<br>Telephone: 904-359-6900 <br>Fax: 904-359-6931 <br>Internet: [http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/index.html Florida Office of Vital Statistics]
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:Bureau of Vital Statistics<br>Attn:  Vital Records Section<br>P.O. Box 210<br>Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042<br>Telephone: 904-359-6900 <br>Fax: 904-359-6931 <br>Internet: [http://www.floridahealth.gov/certificates/certificates/birth/ Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics]
  
 
An explanation of the history and availability of vital records is in ''Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Florida''.<ref>Jacksonville, Florida: Florida Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library book 975.9 A5h; microfilm 1036590 item 3; microfiche 6019962. </ref>  
 
An explanation of the history and availability of vital records is in ''Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Florida''.<ref>Jacksonville, Florida: Florida Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library book 975.9 A5h; microfilm 1036590 item 3; microfiche 6019962. </ref>  
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To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Florida county death records, click [http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/FR/FL_FRD.html here].
  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
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*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Death_Index_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Florida Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Death_Index_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Florida Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Death_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Florida Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Florida_Death_Records_%28FamilySearch_Historical_Records%29 Florida Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
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'''Fetal Deaths'''<br>
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Parents, legal representative or court order may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in a Stillbirth."  Anyone may apply for a copy of a "Fetal Death Certificate," however, only cause of death will be issued after 50 years unless you are the parent.<ref>“United States Fetal Death Records,” ''Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2.''  (Marquette, Michigan:  Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.</ref>
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== Lost, Missing or Fragmented Records  ==
 
== Lost, Missing or Fragmented Records  ==
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*Records for African Americans are often recorded in separate files with separate indexes.  
 
*Records for African Americans are often recorded in separate files with separate indexes.  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
 
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
*Search for Vital Records in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] by using a '''Place Search''''''.&nbsp;''' Search for Florida to locate records filed by the state and then search the '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by the county.
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*Search for Vital Records in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch Catalog] by using a '''Place Search'''. Search for Florida to locate records filed by the state and then search the '''name of the county''' to locate records kept by the county.
  
 
== Archives, Libraries and Societies  ==
 
== Archives, Libraries and Societies  ==
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{{Florida|Florida}} {{U.S. Vital Records}}  
  
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Vital Records

Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

 
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Florida Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Most online resources for Florida Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Birth Records

early - 1899

The Family History Library has copies of original birth and death records for some counties of Florida as well as an extensive collection of delayed birth records dating to the 1860s. For example, there are 22 microfilms of delayed birth records for Leon County, 1874 to 1948, and two films of Pensacola birth and death records, 1891 to 1910.

1899 - present

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899 and was generally complied with by 1920. Some earlier city and county records have been deposited with the state office. They include incomplete records of births from 1865 to 1917 and incomplete records of deaths from 1877 to 1917.

A digital index at FamilySearch is:

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Florida county birth records, click here.

State records are closed to the general public. Conditions for obtaining a record may be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics.

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Telephone: 904-359-6900
Fax: 904-359-6931
Internet: Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics


Information in Florida Birth Records
Types of Information early - 1899  1899 - present
Name of Child X
Sex X
Race  X 
Parents' Names   X  X
Midwife/Doctor  
Date & Place of Birth
Residence



Adoption Records

Adoption records are confidential.  Medical background on the birth family is given to the adoptive family at adoption.  It can be obtained by the adoptee at age eighteen  from the Family and Children Services Program, Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Servies.

Identifying information about a birth parent, an adoptive parent, or an adoptee may not be disclosed unless the person has consented in writing.[1]

Florida’s Adoption Reunion Registry (FARR) helps people who were adopted or who gave a child up for adoption to reunite. People are listed on a registry. FARR is operated by the state of Florida Department of Children and Families. It also explains how to get medical background.

Marriage Records

Statewide registration of marriages began in June 1927.

Marriage records have been kept by each county, usually from the date the county was created. The Family History Library has a large collection of county marriage records. For example, the marriage licenses of the county judge for Hillsborough County are on 93 microfilms for the years 1849 to 1951, 1853 to 1927, and 1940 to 1956, with an index for 1846 to 1980.

Florida Combined Marriage Index,1927-1969. [2]These records are in the Office of Vital Statistics.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Florida county marriage records, click here.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:


Information in Florida Marriage Records
Types of Information early - 1927  1927 - present
Name of Bride/Groom X
Date of Marriage X X
Location of Marriage X
Presiding Official X
Date of Birth
 
Place of Birth
Residence at Time of Marriage X


Divorce Records

Records of divorce proceedings are kept by the clerk of the circuit court in each county. You can write to the clerk for records up to June 1927. For records since then, write to the Office of Vital Statistics.

The Family History Library has 305 microfiche of the Florida Combined Divorce and Annulment Index, 1927-1969. [3]

A wiki article describing an oline collection is found at: 

Florida Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Death Records

early - 1917

The Family History Library has copies of original birth and death records for some counties of Florida.

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899 and was generally complied with by 1920. Some earlier city and county records have been deposited with the state office. They include incomplete records of deaths from 1877 to 1917 and incomplete records of births from 1865 to 1917.

1917 to Present

State records are closed to the general public. Conditions for obtaining a record may be obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics.

The Family History Library has 143 microfiche of the Florida Combined Death Index, 1877-1969. [4] You can obtain copies of the state's records by writing to:

Bureau of Vital Statistics
Attn: Vital Records Section
P.O. Box 210
Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042
Telephone: 904-359-6900
Fax: 904-359-6931
Internet: Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics

An explanation of the history and availability of vital records is in Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Florida.[5]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Florida county death records, click here.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Fetal Deaths
Parents, legal representative or court order may request a copy of a "Certificate of Birth Resulting in a Stillbirth." Anyone may apply for a copy of a "Fetal Death Certificate," however, only cause of death will be issued after 50 years unless you are the parent.[6]


Information in Florida Death Records
Types of Information
before - 1917
1917 - present
Name of Deceased
X
Date of Death X
Place of Death X
Date of Birth/Age X
Place of Birth X
X
Place of Burial
Parents' Names/Maiden X
Occupation of Deceased

Marital Status

X
X


Lost, Missing or Fragmented Records

When there is record loss, usually there is an attempt to reconstruct some of the records. For losses in county records, check if state records have a copy. For losses in the state records, check if the appropriate county has a copy. If neither have a copy, check the Substitute Records below.

Counties with record loss:

Santa Rosa (1869) and Wakulla (1896)

Substitute Records

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time ot the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records for christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and death.
  • Records for African Americans are often recorded in separate files with separate indexes.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the FamilySearch Catalog by using a Place Search. Search for Florida to locate records filed by the state and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by the county.

Archives, Libraries and Societies

References

  1. Adoption.com Florida Laws.
  2. Family History Library microfiche FHL 6081726film numbers 6081726-68.
  3. Family History Library microfiche FHL 6081683 film numbers 6081683-725.
  4. Family History Library microfiche FHL 6081769
  5. Jacksonville, Florida: Florida Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library book 975.9 A5h; microfilm 1036590 item 3; microfiche 6019962.
  6. “United States Fetal Death Records,” Lake Superior Roots, v 29, no 2. (Marquette, Michigan: Marquette County Genealogical Society, 2016), 11.