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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
The county was named for Palm Beach, Florida. The county seat is West Palm Beach and the county was created April 30, 1909.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/fla/palmbeach/ accessed 04/25/2017.</ref> The County is located in the Southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Palm Beach County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Beach_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.</ref>
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The county was named for Palm Beach, Florida.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/fla/palmbeach/ accessed 04/25/2017.</ref> The County is located in the Southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Palm Beach County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Beach_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.</ref>
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===

Revision as of 12:46, 15 January 2020

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

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County Facts
County seat: West Palm Beach
Organized: April 30, 1909
Parent County(s): Dade[1]
Neighboring Counties
Broward  • Glades  • Hendry  • Martin  • Okeechobee
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Palm Beach, Florida.[2] The County is located in the Southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Palm Beach County Courthouse
301 N Olive Ave;
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-4705
Phone: 561.355.2754

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and land records. [4]

Palm Beach County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1909 1899 1909 1909 1909 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
Like a mighty Banyan: contribution of Black people to the history of Palm Beach County. editor, Vivian Reissland Rouson-Gossett ; associate editor, C. Spencer Pompey. - Palm Beach County, FLA.: Palm Beach Junior College, [1982]. - 96 p. F317.P2 L54 1982

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Palm Beach, 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 site may have additional information on Palm Beach County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

FLGenWeb Palm Beach

  • 1885 Florida State Population Census includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, manufacture and mortality.

Church Records[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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Palm Beach W.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

1923 Palm Beach FLGenWeb 1954 FLGenWeb 1956 American-Finish FLGenWeb 1978 Phone Book FLGenWeb

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

  • NARA Ships Passenger Lists - These passenger lists cover:
    • 1834-1897 - Immigration of Russians to the United States
    • 1/12/1846-12/31/1851 - Irish Famine
    • 1850-1897 - Germans to the United States
    • 1855-1900 - Italians to the United States

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Land Grants of Palm Beach Co FLGenWeb

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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.

Hurricanes, The Case of the Disappearing Ancestor; Palm Beach Co, FLGenWeb

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Okeechobee CountyGlades CountyMartin CountyHendry CountyBroward CountyFL PALM BEACH.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Distantcousin.com Florida Casualties in the Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Current Newspapers of Palm Beach Co FLGenWeb

Courtesy of The Boca Raton Historical Society Archives:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

History Palm Beach
Index page at the Palm Beach FLGenWeb

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Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

  • 1784 – 1990 FamilySearch Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
  • 1810 – 1974 Ancestry.com $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  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, “Palm Beach County, Florida Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/fla/palmbeach/ accessed 04/25/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Palm Beach County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Beach_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Palm Beach County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Beach_County,_Florida, accessed 10 Dec 2018.