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Miami-Dade County, Florida (Map It) was created on January 18, 1836 from Monroe County (originally named Dade County, renamed November 13, 1997). Miami-Dade County was named for the City of Miami and Francis L. Dade (c. 1793–1835), Major in the United States Army during the Second Seminole War. Learn More About State of Florida History
Miami-Dade County Cities and Towns include Aventura, Coral Gables, Doral, Florida City, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Islandia, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Sweetwater, West Miami Bay Harbor Islands, Cutler Bay, Golden Beach, Medley, Miami Lakes, Surfside. Villages Include Bal Harbour, Biscayne Park, El Portal, Indian Creek, Key Biscayne, Miami Shores, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Virginia Gardens.
A Map of Miami-Dade County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Miami-Dade Co. Historical Events:
- This section was visited by the Spanish in the sixteenth century but the first white settlement was about 1808.
- These settlers were molested by Indians during the Seminole War and had to take refuge in Ft. Dallas, whose site is now in down-town Miami.
- During the past half century the Population: of this section has grown tremendously.
- Indian Massacre of white settlers of Indian Key, August 7, 1840.
- First passenger train ran into Miami, April 15, 1896.
Miami-Dade County, Florida Courthouse Records
Miami-Dade 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 Miami-Dade 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.
- Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1840, Land Records from 1890, Probate Records from ? and Court Records from 1888. 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.
- Miami-Dade 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.
- Miami-Dade 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.
Miami-Dade County, Florida Census Records
- Learn More: State of Florida Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 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
Miami-Dade 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.
Miami-Dade County, Florida Resources
- State of Florida Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Florida
- Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida
- Dade Heritage Trust
- Historical Association of Southern Florida, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130
- Genealogical Society of Greater Miami