Tracing our ancestral trees can give us an enriched sense of our heritage and a better understanding of our family history. The Archives aims to provide best-in-class genealogical research materials.
To make your research easier, volunteers have transcribed 75 lists, most of which are not available at ancestry sites. We have combined the lists into a single database so that you can search once. We call this the Goldmine of Names.
We have also done the favor of standardizing surnames. In the 19th century, many people did not know how to spell their names. Officials guessed if they weren't sure. Later transcribers couldn't read their handwriting and made additional guesses. This resulted in some people's names being spelled fifteen different ways. Volunteers spent four years reviewing the records to standardize these names so that you can search once, instead of all possible spelling variations.
As you find interesting entries in our database, we can help you find the original source material. Much of it comes from bound records, court cases, or vertical files which have at the Archives.
Begin your search now.
Tracing black families earlier than 1920 presents some challenges. Cemeteries have disappeared. Not much shows up in official records. Few family histories have been published. And prior to the Civil War, few surnames are used.
To aid your research volunteers have been collecting and indexing black history sources. Please ask us for help to get started. You may also be interested in Jane Lander's "Black Society in Spanish Florida", available at the Archives.
The Archives maintains subject files on more than 400 individuals and families. The files contain clippings, photos, family histories, oral interviews and other items. | Catalog of the Subject Files - Geneaology |
A genealogy group focused on Clay County families meets at the Fleming Island library. They maintain an interesting blog.
The Fleming Island Library subject files are maintained for hundreds of individuals, families and keywords.