Bay County Landscape


Bay County Special Collections


St. Andrews Voters 1908

Using census precincts

Federal and Florida state population census enumerators divided counties into smaller areas called precincts, enumeration districts (ED), and supervisors districts (SD). The tables on these pages reveal the relationship between the various assigned numbers and the areas they covered. Indexes to federal censuses listed here may be viewed at Ancestry.com or Heritage Quest. Digitized images of the actual censuses may be viewed there also, or on National Archives and Records Administration microfilms at many public libraries or your local Family History Center.

Bay County was created in 1913 from portions of Washington and Calhoun counties. Researchers looking for Bay County ancestors residing there before 1913 may need to examine records created in the latter two counties. Of particular interest are census records. Knowing the relationship between the census precincts and the areas they cover can be useful in determining more precisely where an ancestor lived.


Census Precincts

Record Description Dates Compiler
Federal Census Washington County             1900 BCGS  
Federal Census Washington County 1910 BCGS
Federal Census Bay County     1920 BCGS
Federal Census Bay County 1930 BCGS
Florida State Census Bay County 1935 BCGS
Florida State Census Bay County 1945 BCGS

Miscellaneous Indexes

Record Description Dates Transcriber
Lynn Haven Businesses and Businessmen 1913 William Zehner
Lynn Haven Tribune BMD Index 1911-1918 BCGS
St. Andrews Bay News BMD Index 1915-1916 BCGS
Panama City Pilot BMD Index 1921+1933 BCGS
St. Andrews Bay News BMD Index 1935 BCGS
News Herald Obituary Index 1985+2013 BCGS
First Families of Bay County 2008-2013 BCGS

Digitized Newspapers

Record Description Dates Transcriber
Panama City Pilot searchable images 1907-1908 Library of Congress
Panama City Pilot searchable images 1907-1941 PLAN
Lynn Haven Tribune searchable images 1911-1918 PLAN
St. Andrews Bay News searchable images 1915-1935 PLAN
Lynn Haven Free Press searchable images 1926-1937 PLAN
Panama City News searchable images 1952-1970 Ance$try.com


Table notes:

About Florida State Censuses

Digitized images of the Florida state censuses for 1935 and 1945 are available at FamilySearch.org under {Search Records} {Record Search Pilot}, then click on USA. Before you go there, make a note of the precinct and page numbers provided on this GenWeb site, because that is how the images are listed at FamilySearch.org. Indexes to the 1935 and 1945 censuses can be found at Ancestry.com