Research in Florida

Research in Florida, is a valuable guidebook for family historians and genealogists. It covers the state’s history as the earliest permanent white settlement in the United States and includes sources and guides to records of its early history under the British, French, and Spanish governments. From the time of its establishment as a territory of the United States, Florida has suffered little record loss resulting in a rich array of records for the researcher. In addition to a discussion of general record groups, emphasis is placed on special archives publications detailing Florida’s military history including its Indian wars, which, along with school, tax, and voter records, provide focused sources for research. Sources for information on Florida’s Sunshine Law are also provided.

Published by NGS, Research in Florida is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.


Research in Florida co-author Amy Larner Giroux is an award-winning author with articles published in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record, and The Genealogist.

C. Ann Staley is an instructor, consultant, trip leader, and an active member of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc., the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and the Florida State Genealogical Society.