Hillsborough County
Genealogy Trails

Sheila D. Massie, Coordinator





Welcome to HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY Genealogy Trails

Our goal at Genealogy Trails is to transcribe and post genealogical source data so that family researchers can track their ancestors through time, throughout the country.

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MAILING LISTS

Join our mailing lists for researchers looking to connect and share information. You never know who you might meet and what family data they may share with you--it could start a whole new branch of the family! We also use the mailing lists to announce our website updates. Florida is covered under the South-Eastern Region Mailing List

Remember to look around at the other states and consider donating your source information -- every little bit helps someone. We appreciate all help we can get to make this a better site. Anything sent to us that we use will have full credit. Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or to submit data to a Florida site.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BEGINNINGS

Between 1559 and 1819, the area now called Florida was under the rule of four nations: Spain, France, Great Britain and the United States. The United States purchased Florida from Spain in 1821 for $5 million. On Jan. 25, 1834, the U. S. Legislative Council for the Territory of Florida approved an act organizing Hillsborough as Florida's 19th county. In 1845, Florida was granted statehood. At that time, Hillsborough County was a sprawling area that included what is now Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands Counties, most of Glades County, and part of Lee County. Despite its size, Hillsborough's population was only 836, not including soldiers or Native Americans.