Florida Vital Statistics Index is available at many libraries throughout Florida. Please understand that this is just an index to original documents located at the Florida State Vital Records Office in Jacksonville. Unfortunately, many microfiche are missing from the library's collections due to the Vital Records office not being able to supply complete sets. Repeated efforts have been made to correct this situation, but no response has been received from their office. Currently, the indexes cover the following records:
Deaths 1887-2002 (Ancestry.com includes only through 1998)
To learn about the background of vital records in Florida, go to the Florida Department of Health website.
Also, it is advisable to not rely on the state office as the only resource. Often the local courthouse will have other records that have not been filmed especially prior to 1900. Contact:
- The County Health Department for birth and death records. (You will need to go to County Health Dept Sites.)
- The Clerk of Court for marriage records.
- Or the local Funeral Home. Another site: Florida Funeral Homes by city. (Not complete.)
When requesting a copy of the INDEX by mail from one of the libraries listed below, please be considerate.
- Be specific. Give exact year, surname, first name, county (if known).
- Include a stamped self-addressed envelope.
- Be patient. You are not the only customer and sometimes the librarian might not reply 30 or more days. Send a gentle reminder (2nd request) after a reasonable amount of time as elapsed.
- Say thank you and include a small donation ($1.00-2.00) for copies.
LOCATIONS (In order by county):(This list is a work in progress and is NOT complete)
Alachua County Library District
401 East University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Bay County Public Library898 West 11th StreetPanama City, FL 32401
Family History Center
1801 S. Fiske Boulevard
NOTE: They only have the Death Indexes except for year 1957.
Collier County Public Library
NOTE: They only have Death Index 1877-1969 and Marriage Index 1927-1969.
Miami-Dade Public Library
101 W. Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130-1523
Jacksonville Public Library
Florida and Genealogy Room
122 North Ocean Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
West Florida Regional Library
200 W. Gregory St.
Pensacola, Florida 3250l
Pensacola Family History Center
9490 Fox Run
East Hillsborough Historical Society
Quintilla Geer Bruton Archives Center
605 North Collins Street
Plant City, Florida 33566
Tampa-Hillsborough County Library System
900 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602-3788
(813) 273-3652, ext 6 (Special Collections)
Orange County Library System
101 E. Central Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32801
Valparaiso Community Library
459 Valparaiso Parkway
Valparaiso, FL 32580
The Palm Beach County Genealogical Society Library
100 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-1746
Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library
100 East Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830
Putnam County Public Library
PO Box 919
Palatka, FL 32178-0919