Genealogists comprise a large percentage of the Archives' patrons. To assist persons interested in researching their family history, the Archives maintains an extensive collection of genealogical reference materials. The collection consists of a 10,000 volume library of sourcebooks, including family, state, county, and local histories; immigration lists; church, cemetery, and military records; genealogy journals and reference books; and a wide variety of other published sources. A large selection of microfilmed federal census records and city directories supplement the printed records.
The Reference staff also maintains a Family Name File of unpublished materials relating to specific families, and a Surname Exchange File to alert genealogists to persons researching similar family lines.
The following resources, many of which are on microfilm, are commonly used for genealogical research; this is not a comprehensive list of the many genenealogical resources available. Patrons are encouraged to talk with Reference staff to identify other records that might assist in their research.
— The Florida State Archives has a variety of military service and pension records of Floridians who served in the armed forces, including:
Compiled service records
|Indian Wars and Disturbances|
Consolidated index to all soldiers
Pension and bounty-land warrant application files
|Mexican War, 1846-1848|
Muster rolls of Florida companies
Compiled service records for Florida soldiers
|World War I|
- May innclude:
- Tax Rolls
- Election returns
- The Archives has a growing collection of U.S. Census and Soundex records currently numbering over 10,000 rolls of microfilm, as well as a collection of the Florida state censuses of 1885, 1935, and 1945 which, with a few exceptions, are complete enumerations of the state's residents. There are also 150 rolls of microfilm covering various Native American censuses and enrollment cards.
Florida Pioneer Certificate files
- These files contains applications and supporting genealogical data for individuals who received a Florida State Pioneer Descendant Certificate or Florida County Pioneer Descendant Certificate issued by the Florida State Genealogical Society. These files trace the genealogy of those living in a county at the time of its creation or living in Florida prior to statehood.
Genealogy Book Collection
- Over 10,000 publications includes:
- books on surname origins
- family histories,
- genealogy sources,
- heraldry, cemetery records
- bible records
- county histories
- census indexes
- military rosters
- published deed
- probate and marriage information
- periodicals and journals from genealogy societies around the United States.
Genealogical Resources on CD ROM
- The Genealogy Collection includes a number of resources on CD ROM, including the Genealogical Research System from Automated Archives, Inc. and the FamilySearch Files from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These resources are comprised of hundreds of compact discs containing millions of names from sources such as social security death benefit records, marriage records, and census indexes.
- Other records regularly used by genealogy researchers include:
- Spanish land grants application files
- plat maps
- homestead applications
- tract books
- prison registers
- Supreme Court case files
- Florida Photographic Collection