If you are interested in Florida genealogy records, then you may want to consider conducting your search online, at least as a starting point. There are plenty of resources online that can help you build your family tree.
The Florida State Genealogical Society is a non-profit group that is dedicated to studying and collecting genealogies as well as family history and local history. The organization was established in the 1970s and is still going strong today. The Florida State Genealogical Society has a website through which you can join the group and participate in research and studies related to genealogy. Annual membership with the society is $25.
One important part of building a family tree is learning the names of your ancestors and their parents and so on through your family history. This is not, however, the only thing that you can learn from researching Florida genealogy records. You can learn details about how your predecessors actually spent their time when they were alive. Checking secondary source materials can shed light on where they worked, who their friends were, and what they did for the community. Sometimes these types of records are kept by older family members and they are left for later generations to find. Otherwise, libraries, genealogical societies and statewide or countywide archives may have records that mention someone that you are related to.
Secondary source materials include previously recorded genealogies. It could very well be that someone earlier in your family line did some outlining of family connections and you only need to fill in the gaps between your generation and theirs. Other secondary source materials could be transcriptions, abstracts, newspapers, directories, and handwritten manuscripts.
If you know where people from earlier in your family line attended school, you might be able to easily find a record for them in that school's archives. You can attempt this no matter what level they were attending the school you are aware of. Any grade level from elementary through college would be helpful. Perhaps they were honor students or stars on a school sports team. You may be able to find stories about or pictures of them in the school newspaper archives or old yearbooks.
Adoption is another aspect of Florida genealogy records that you might want to consider looking into. There could be adoptions in your family line that you are completely unaware of. Even if you know that you and your parents were not adopted, perhaps a few generations before them added new blood from adopted children. It is something that you can look into if one of your older relatives clues you in on who was adopted. It is optional, but you could create and extension to your family tree that include the names of the biological parents and grandparents of the adopted ancestor.
You should certainly know if someone in your family line served the country. Perhaps your great-great grandmother was a volunteer nurse, or your great-great grandfather was a solider. Military participation or accomplishments are a great thing to highlight in your family history, and it is certainly something to be proud of.
In 1845 Florida became the 27th State in the Union. Florida has a very intriguing history as it was a Spanish colony and supposedly is where the Fountain of Youth was located. With a history that contains both Spanish Conquistadors and Native Americans, searching for family history through genealogy records is always interesting.
The Florida Department of Health oversees the office of Vital Statistics which maintains the state's official records divorce, marriage, birth, and death within the state.? These records are of intrinsic value to people who are searching for their heritage through a genealogical search. Florida genealogy records are relatively easy to search.
Most Florida Local County Public Health Units oversee the birth and death certificates in the county, while the Florida County Clerk of Court manages the marriage and divorce records. You can obtain records either by applying online or by walking into an office. Most counties have offer a computerized database for all of the births in the state as well as those in that specific county. This makes searching for Florida genealogy records much easier. A law was enacted in 1927 providing for the centralization of marriage and divorce records. This centralization makes it easier for people to find their family's past.