Welcome to Santa Rosa FLGenWeb

Santa Rosa County was established February 18, 1842 from a portion of Escambia County and named for Santa Rosa Island, which was named for the Roman Catholic Saint, St. Rosa de Viterbo. In 1743, the first record of the West Florida lumber industry was two masts of yellow pine. After the transfer of


Florida to the United States in 1821, a number of saw mills began operating around the bays and streams adjacent to Pensacola (neighboring Escambia County). These saw mills continued operation until the Civil War. The first year of the Civil War brought prosperity to Santa Rosa County. The second year, Confederate troops moved across Santa Rosa County and Bagdad was torched to prevent falling into Union hands. By 1867, the world-wide demand for yellow pine resumed and fortunes were made from the lumber industry. For over a hundred years, the logging industry provided jobs for thousands, but by 1939 the area was soon depleted of trees forcing the mills out of business. Today, north and south Santa Rosa County are known for their outstanding water resources, ­rivers, creeks, bays and the Gulf of Mexico. We hope you enjoy this resource into the past!

 We have a new forum for queries about Santa Rosa County ancestors and discussions about the history of the county.  All the old queries are in the Query Archives.

Completed: Archives, Genealogy Society,  Library, Census, Cemeteries, History, Maps, Land, Deeds  In process: Links.  To do:  Marriages, Military, Obits, Volunteers, Misc. history, families & links...

Genealogical Society
The Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County meets on the third Saturday of each month at the Milton Library, 5541 Alabama Street, Milton, FL

Library, Links & Resources
Library location and genealogy collections. 
Links for genealogy research.
Resources, who to contact to acquire records for the county.

Records, Data & History
Bible, Census, Cemeteries, Churches, Deeds, History, Land Records, Maps, Military, Newspapers, Obituraries, Photos, Probate, Wills, Vital Statistics and more...

Your Santa Rosa County Coordinators are Vic Campbell and Trish Wariner.  Please contact us if you have questions about the site or if you wish to volunteer or contribute to the site.  Queries should be posted to the Santa Rosa FLGenWeb group.