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St. Johns County, Florida (Map It) was created on July 21, 1821 as an original county . This county was name derived from the St. Johns River, which in turn derives its name from San Juan del Puerto. Learn More About State of Florida History
St. Johns County Cities and Towns include Hastings, Marineland, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach.
A Map of St. Johns County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
St. Johns Co. Historical Events:
- St. Augustine was the first permanent white settlement in what is now the United States, being established by Spanish under Menendez in 1565.
- Ponce de Leon had landed near here in 1513. Early Spanish buildings and fortifications are preserved, including ancient Fort San Marcos and the original city gates.
- The city was captured by Sir Francis Drake in 1586 and later by John Davis.
- It was besieged by Governor Oglethorpe of Georgia and Governor Moore of South Carolina.
- The ancient fort held as prisoners signers of the American Declaration of Independence and, later, famous Indian Chiefs of Seminole War days and Arizona Indian Wars.
- The Confederate flag was the fourth (following Spanish, British and American) to fly over this region, not counting the French in the northern part and the banner of the Republic of Florida.
- In 1862 the Union forces reoccupied the county and the American flag has flown ever since. St. Johns is Florida's chief Irish potato producing county.
- Thousands of tourists visit here annually to see the old Spanish and beautiful but more modern buildings of the ancient city.
- In 1838 Coacoochee, otherwise known as Wild Cat, made his famous escape from Fort Marion.
St. Johns County, Florida Courthouse Records
St. Johns 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 St. Johns 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.
- St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1823, Land Records from 1821, Probate Records from 1844 and Court Records from 1821. 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.
- St. Johns 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.
- St. Johns 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.
St. Johns 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
St. Johns 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 or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
St. Johns County, Florida Resources
- State of Florida Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Florida
- St. Augustine Historical Society
- St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library
- St. Augustine Genealogical Society
- St. Johns County, Florida Message Boards
- St. Johns County, Florida Genealogy Forum
- St. Johns County, Florida Mailing lists