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Guide to Collier County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Collier County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Founded May 8, 1923
County Seat Naples
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Collier County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1923 1899 1923 1923 1923 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Collier County Courthouse
3315 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112-5324 
Phone: 941.732.2646

County Judge has marriage and probate records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1923[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1923--Collier County was created 8 May 1923 from Lee County.
County seat: Naples [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Barron G. Collier, a New York City advertising mogul and real estate developer. The County Seat is Naples and the county was created May 8,1923. The County is located in the Southwest area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Ave Maria
  • Barefoot Beach
  • Belle Meade
  • Carnestown
  • Copeland
  • Corkscrew
  • Deep Lake
  • East Naples
  • Fakahatchee
  • Four Seasons
  • Gulf Harbor
  • Harker
  • Isles of Capri
  • Jerome
  • Lee Cypress
  • Miles City
  • North Naples
  • Ochopee
  • Old Grove
  • Port Royal
  • Royal Harbor
  • Royal Palm Hammock
  • Shell Island
  • Sunniland
  • Trailtown
  • Turkey Foot
  • Vanderbilt Beach
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Weavers Station
  • Willoughby Acres
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Broward  • Hendry  • Lee  • Miami-Dade  • Monroe

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]


Charles Benjamin Daniels

Edward Robert Newell- 1840/41 - 1926 - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Albert Benjamin Addison - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Collier, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Collier County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

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

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Template:FL Land

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Template:FL History

Maps[edit | edit source]

Lee CountyHendry CountyBroward CountyMiami-Dade CountyMonroe CountyFL COLLIER.PNG
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for more resources

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Template:FL Newspaper abstracts Naples Daily News
1100 Immokalee Road
Naples, FL 34110

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Pioneer's of Collier

Speed Menefee - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Collier County, Florida . Page 133-137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 143-145.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Collier County, Florida. Page 133 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Collier County, Florida Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/24/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Collier County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida, accessed 25 September 2018.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at