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Collier County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Naples
Organized: May 8, 1923
Parent County(s): Lee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Broward  • Hendry  • Lee  • Miami-Dade  • Monroe  •
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County InformationEdit


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.[2]

County CourthouseEdit

Collier County Courthouse
3315 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112-5324
Phone: 941-732-2646
Collier County Website

County Judge has marriage and probate records
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1923[3]

Collier County, Florida Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
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.

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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:[6]

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

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Charles Benjamin Daniels:
Edward Robert Newell- 1840/41-1926: FLGenWeb Project
Albert Benjamin Addison: FLGenWeb

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


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 RecordsEdit

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

Church RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

African American

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for most counties. 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.

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Lee CountyHendry CountyBroward CountyMiami-Dade CountyMonroe CountyFL COLLIER.PNG
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Military RecordsEdit

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


Naples Daily News
1100 Immokalee Road
Naples, FL 34110

Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library: website


Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties: USGenWeb Obituaries Project
Obituary Index for Collier County: FLGenWeb Project
In Memory, Fallen Officers of Collier Co.: FLGenWeb Project
Obituary Index: 28 July 1927 - January, 2008: Genealogical Society of Collier County(Completed by volunteers from the Genealogical Society of Collier County)
Pioneer's of Collier: Speed Menefee - FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Indexes and Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.



Marriage Records



Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.

Naples Florida Family History Center
4935 23rd Court Southwest
Naples FL 34116




Florida Historical Society
435 Brevard Ave
Cocoa FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 940+27
Maitland FL 32794-0927
Phone: 947-494-3747


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Research GuidesEdit


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Collier County, Florida Genealogy and History”, accessed 04/24/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Collier County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 25 September 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at PDF.