Alachua County, Florida Genealogy Guide2016-07-03T23:56:45+00:00

Alachua County, Florida Genealogy Guide

Alachua County, Florida (Map It) was created on December 29, 1824 from Duval County and Saint Johns County. Alachua County name is derived from the native name of a chasm located northwest of Gainesville. Learn More About State of Florida History

Alachua County is bordered by  Bradford County (north), Union County (north), Putnam County (east), Marion County (southeast), Levy County (southwest), Gilchrist County (west), Columbia County (northwest).

Alachua County Cities and Towns include Alachua, Archer, Gainesville, Hawthorne, High Springs, Newberry, Waldo, LaCrosse, Micanopy.

A Map of Alachua County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Alachua Co. Historical Events:

  • This section was visited by both Ponce de Leon and DeSoto and was the scene of much conflict during the early colonial strife, the Seminole Indian War and the Civil War.
  • Chief Osceola was captured here and this had much to do with shortening the Seminole conflict.
  • William Bartram, the botanist and traveler, spent some time in this area in 1774.
  • A Federal force that had taken possession of Gainesville was defeated August 18, 1864, and driven out with a loss of over 200 by Capt. J. J. Dickison with a small Confederate force.

Alachua County, Florida Courthouse Records

Alachua County, Florida Courthouse
Alachua County, FL Courthouse

The Alachua County Courthouse is located in Gainesville, Florida. Learn More About State of Florida Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

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 Alachua 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.

  • Alachua County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1837, Land Records from 1826, Probate Records from 1840 and Court Records from 1850. 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.
  • Alachua 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.
  • Alachua 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.

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