St. Johns County Research Resources

The following organizations offer various levels of support for genealogy and history research:

  • St. Johns County Public Library – all branches offer free access to Ancestry.com using the computers at the library. 
  • Southeast Branch – St. Johns County Library – maintains the genealogy collection which include city directories, local history, military history and an impressive collection of reference books and material from around the country.
  • St. Augustine Historical Society – the research library on Aviles Street maintains a large collection of historical records, photographs and publications including cemetery indexes for county cemeteries. They also publish a number of books related to local history.
  • St. Augustine Genealogical Society – presents a number of useful local databases on their web site along with other items which are housed in the genealogy collection at the Southeast Branch Library.
  • Southern Genealogist’s Exchange Society – meets in Mandarin but maintains a library on Sauterne Avenue (near Blanding and 103rd). Focus is on northeast Florida, but there are resources most southern research. Publications include a monthly newsletter and a quarterly digest. 
  • Family History Centers – these centers offer genealogical outreach from the LDS Church and are available to anyone working on their family history. Centers vary in size and local holdings but each offers searchable access to the complete index of LDS holdings as well as free access to a number of the commercial database services like Ancestry.com. They also offer a lending service where individuals can request a specific record collection (usually on microfilm) from the mail library in Salt Lake City. When that item arrives at the local center, you can review it there and transcribe/copy records as needed. Locally there is an FHC at the LDS Church on Shore Drive in St. Augustine Shores, another at St. Johns, one in Palatka and two in Jacksonville. This link takes you to the list of Florida FHCs which includes links to the information pages of each local center. 

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