Monroe County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to Monroe County Florida genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Monroe County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Location of Florida in the U.S.
Founded July 3, 1823
County Seat Key West
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County Courthouse

Monroe County Courthouse
500 Whitehead St;
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305.292.3540 

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce,
probate and court and land records from 1853. [1]


Parent County

1823--Monroe County was created 3 July 1823 from St. Johns County.
County seat: Key West [2]

History of Monroe Co., Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project
-Early Settlers
-Martello Towers
-Straits of Florida
-Historical Resources
-Historical Links

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


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For tips on accessing Monroe County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.




Directories at Monroe Co., Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project

-Burtz' Gainesville Directory 1913
-Key West Directory 1906-1907
-Key West, The Old and the New 1912
-Key West and Monroe County, FLorida, 19?? 


Letters Home, Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project



Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project

-Civil War

-World War I

-Korean War Fatal Casualties


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


Penny Postcards from Monroe Co., The FLGenWeb Project


Probate records are held by the Monroe County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Monroe 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.



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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Monroe 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.

Vital Records

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.


Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Surnames and Family

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County, Florida Page 136 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at