A Few of NWFL

Family History Resources

By Margaret Harris

  1.  Valparaiso Community Library        

Microfilm, Large Genealogy Collection, Genealogy Class at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays

Head Librarian is Knowledgeable and

Staff is Friendly

  1. Fort Walton Beach Library                

City Directories, Newspaper Archive on Microfilm, “How-To Genealogy Books,

Genealogy Periodicals (Journals) by Location,

Genealogy Collection, Check the Stacks

Reference/Adult Services Librarian

Obtain Library Card for Electronic Resource, “Heritage Quest”[1]

  1.  Search all Okaloosa Libraries        


  1.  Search Okaloosa Museums

(Little Schoolhouse, Research Library,etc.)

  1. Fort Walton Family History Center        : A community outreach for genealogists (No proselyting permitted).  Non-LDS are welcome!        

Phone Contact: 850-244-3338

339 Lake Drive, FWB


Director: George Legge; 850-678-8430

Co-Director: M. Legge

  1.  University of West Florida: University Archives and West Florida History Center                                        

This website only covers a small portion of our actual collections and holdings – which include 1.8 million items in over 800 collections, 250,000 photographs, 6,000 maps, and other materials with new research materials arriving daily.   Visits, phone-calls, and e-mails to the Department are highly encouraged.

  1.  West FL Gen. Society Collection

The collection of the West Florida Genealogy Society is now located at West Florida Regional Library System’s new location for genealogical resources and related archived materials.  The West Florida Genealogical Society provides volunteers to help manage the materials and assist patrons.


(The library in Pensacola that holds the genealogy collection)

8.  Mobile City Library

Members of the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County have been traveling to Mobile’s Public Library for years.  Leave early in the morning and research all day! (Reference for this info is Hilma Jenus).

  1.  Troy City Library, Troy, Alabama        


10.  Bay County Library


This listing doesn’t begin to represent all the resources in Northwest Florida for the genealogy researcher; however, it is, rather, a few of the ones that I am familiar with or that friends of mine have mentioned to me.  I will, as I find spare moments, strive to add other resources.  I’m already feeling guilty about my omission of a discussion re the Santa Rosa County library in Milton; the efforts, there, of several dedicated members and friends of the SRC Genealogical Society and the library, to acquire an amazing collection of genealogical titles deserves special mention.  

[1] What is Heritage Quest?

[2] History Library at the Museum is available by appointment.