About this site. This site is designed as a convenient research tool for family researchers seeking ancestors or cousins in Bay County, Florida. It is organized in a logical fashion so that you can quickly locate the specific records you need. Each database link displays the years covered by the collection and the name of the compiler. Collections are believed to be complete within the years specified unless noted otherwise. Most of the information provided on this site is either online electronically or available worldwide via FHL microfilms.
New to genealogy? If you are just starting your family search, you may need some general guidance. If you live in northwest Florida, a variety of educational opportunities is available through the Bay County Genealogical Society, which produces monthly programs with a variety of speakers and an annual seminar with nationally-recognized speakers. Their monthly meeting provide opportunities to meet and converse with many local researchers. The Gulf Coast Community College Education Encore sponsors a comprehensive introduction to genealogy course at least once per year. Several online learning opportunities are also available, including the National Genealogical Society Online Learning Center.
Don't live here? If you don't live in the Bay County area, you may want to consider joining your own local genealogical society. That will provide you with plenty of opportunities to get acquainted with some experienced genealogists. Most societies offer a variety of educational opportunities in their community. What you will discover is that most seasoned genealogists love their hobby and actually enjoy sharing their knowledge with others. That can save you a lot of time, money, and effort.
Getting Help. Bay County offers several options for personal assistance. Start at the Bay County Genealogical Society. If you feel you need professional assistance, you can find one at any of this sites: