Genealogy: Florida, Library and society resource list

Florida, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (4)

  1. Florida Historical Society:  http://www.florida-historical-soc.org/
  2. Florida State Archives:  http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/barm/fsa.html
  3. Florida State Genealogical Society:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~flsgs/
  4. State Library of Florida:  http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/stlib/

University Archives and Collections (25)

  1. Barry University:    http://www.barry.edu/libraryservices/services/archives.htm
  2. Florida A&M University. Black Archives:    http://www.famu.edu/acad/archives/
  3. Florida A&M University. Special Collections:    http://www.famu.edu/acad/coleman/special.html
  4. Florida Atlantic University:    http://www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/special.htm
  5. Florida International University:    http://www.fiu.edu/~library/collections/speccol.html
  6. Florida Southern College. Archives & Special Collections:    http://tblc.org/fsc/archives.html
  7. Florida Southern College. Frank Lloyd Wright Collection:    http://tblc.org/fsc/FLLW1.html
  8. Florida State University. Claude Pepper Library:    http://pepper.cpb.fsu.edu/library/
  9. Florida State University. Special Collections:    http://www.fsu.edu/~speccoll/
  10. St. Thomas University: http://www.stu.edu/template1.asp?category=library_archives.htm&status=LibraryDSN
  11. Stetson University:    http://www.stetson.edu/library/archives.html
  12. Stonewall Library & Archives:    http://www.stonewall-library.org/check_us_out/use_archives/access.htm
  13. University of Central Florida:  http://library.ucf.edu/Special/
  14. University of Florida. Special and Area Studies Collections:    http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/
  15. University of Miami School of Law:    http://exchange.law.miami.edu/everglades/
  16. University of Miami. Archives and Special Collections:    http://www.library.miami.edu/archives/intro.html
  17. University of Miami. Cuban Heritage Collection:    http://www.library.miami.edu/umcuban/cuban.html
  18. University of Miami. Marine & Atmospheric Science Library:    http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/support/lib/collections/specialcoll.html
  19. University of Miami. School of Medicine:    http://calder.med.miami.edu/special_collections.html
  20. University of North Florida:    http://www.unf.edu/library/sc/spehp.html
  21. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg:    http://www.nelson.usf.edu/depts/spccoll/index.html
  22. University of South Florida, Tampa:    http://www.lib.usf.edu/spccoll/
  23. University of Tampa. Florida Military Collection:    http://snoopy.tblc.lib.fl.us/utlibrary/FlaMilco.htm
  24. University of West Florida:    http://library.uwf.edu/SpecialCollections/index.shtml
  25. Wolfsonian-Florida International University:    http://www.wolfsonian.org/collections/c9/

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (20)

  1. Clearwater–Clearwater Public Library:  http://www.clearwater-fl.com/cpl/ref/genealogy.asp
  2. Daytona Beach–Volusia County Public Library:  http://www.vcpl.lib.fl.us/services.html
  3. Fort Lauderdale–Broward County Library:    http://www.broward.org/library/bienes/archives.htm
  4. Gainesville–Alachua County Library:  http://www.acld.lib.fl.us/index.php
  5. Hollywood–City of Hollywood:    http://www.hollywoodfl.org/records_archives/ARC.asp?DeptN=ARC
  6. Hudson–Pasco County Library System:  http://pascolibraries.org/Web2/tramp2.exe/log_in?setting_key=english
  7. Jacksonville–Jacksonville Public Library:  http://jpl.itd.ci.jax.fl.us/library/main.htm
  8. Lakeland–Lakeland Public Library:    http://www.lakelandgov.net/library/speccoll/home.html
  9. Largo–Largo Public Library:  http://www.largo.com/index.cfm?action=dept&drill=library&type=genealogy
  10. Leesburg–Leesburg Public Library:  http://www.lakeline.lib.fl.us/internet_directory/default.aspx
  11. Madison–Elmer’s Genealogy Library:  http://www.elmerslibrary.com/
  12. Miami–Miami-Dade Public Library:    http://www.mdpls.org/info/locations/main/fd.asp
  13. Seminole–Seminole Community Library:  http://www.spcollege.edu/SCL/
  14. St. Petersburg–St. Petersburg Public Library:  http://st-petersburg-library.org/weblinks/genealogy.htm
  15. Tallahassee–Florida State Archives, Genealogy Collection:  http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/stlib/flcoll.html
  16. Tampa–City of Tampa Archives:    http://www.tampagov.net/dept_City_Clerk/archives/index.asp
  17. Tampa–John F. Germany Public Library:    http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/liblocales/jfg/H&G/
  18. Tampa–Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library:  http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/liblocales/jfg/H&G/genealogy.htm l
  19. Tampa–Vero Beach–Indian River County Main Library:  http://www.rootsweb.com/~flindian/ircl/
  20. Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (3)
  21. Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine:    http://www.dosafl.com/index.php?page=history/archives
  22. Sarasota County History Center:    http://www.scgov.net/Services/Service.aspx?C6B9C692B2=AC9997&D4C7CF=C6B9C691ADA2ACA993957B98A7A2A593977D89A9ADA698A17CA094C3C0
  23. Sarasota Music Archive:    http://www.sarasotamusicarchive.org/

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. Florida Electronic Library:  http://www.flelibrary.org/

This site offers access to resources including electronic magazines, newspapers, almanacs, encyclopedias, and books. It includes topics such as current events, education, business, technology, and health issues. It provides information for all age groups, including homework help for students and resources for teachers.

Digital Library Collections (10)

  1. Florida Heritage Collection:  http://susdl.fcla.edu/fh/
  2. Florida Photographic Collection & Video Clips:  http://www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection/
  3. Florida International University Libraries and others, Everglades Digital Library:    http://everglades.fiu.edu/library/index.html
  4. State University System of Florida, PALMM:    http://susdl.fcla.edu/
  5. Digital Collections by Subject:    http://bcdlib.tc.ca/links-subjects.html
  6. State University System of Florida, Florida Heritage Collection:   http://susdl.fcla.edu/fh/
  7. University of Central Florida Libraries, Orange County Regional History Center, Orange County Library System, Central
  8. Florida Memory:    http://centralfloridamemory.lib.ucf.edu/
  9. University of South Florida, USF Libraries Digital Collections:    http://www.lib.usf.edu/ldsu/
  10. USF Libraries Digitization Services:    http://www.lib.usf.edu/ldsu/unit/