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Bay County, Florida (Map It) was created on April 24, 1913 from Calhoun County and Washington County. Bay County was named for St. Andrew's Bay, the central geographic feature of the county. Learn More About State of Florida History
Bay County Cities and Towns include Callaway, Lynn Haven, Mexico Beach, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Parker, Springfield Cedar Grove.
A Map of Bay County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Bay Co. Historical Events:
- Some of the most beautiful beaches on the West Coast are in Bay County.
- Confederate salt works valued at $3,000,000 destroyed by Federals in 1863.
Bay County, Florida Courthouse Records
Bay County, FL Courthouse
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Bay county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Bay County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1913, Land Records from 1885, Probate Records from 1913 and Court Records from 1913. The County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
- Bay County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
- Bay County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.
Bay County, Florida Census Records
- Learn More: State of Florida Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1830 (Florida Territory), 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1867-1945, 1885
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Bay County, Florida Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Florida Vital Records
- Birth Records: from January 1917 to present.
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from June 6, 1927 to present.
- Death Records: from January 1917 to present.
- Locations: Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 210, 1217 Pearl Street (Zip 32202), Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042; PH (904) 359-6900 Ext. 1029.
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Bay County, Florida Resources
- State of Florida Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Florida
- Bay County Historical Society
- Bay County Genealogical Society
- Bay County, Florida Message Boards
- Bay County, Florida Genealogy Forum
- Bay County, Florida Mailing lists