Walton County, Florida
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Heather Holley

Welcome to Walton County, Florida
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(Photo Credit to Lisa S. Holley)

Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data,
and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.


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perform personal research.

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Walton County, please let us know.


Beaches of South Walton


Walton County, FL was created in 1824.  It was named after Colonel George Walton, 
  who was Secretary of West Florida during the territorial governorship of Andrew Jackson.  He was the son of George Walton, a former Governor of Georgia, who was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

  Walton county is diverse in its terrain. 
It contains the highest natural point in Florida, Britton Hill, located in northern Walton County, near the town of Lakewood, or 2 miles southeast of Florala, Alabama.  South Walton is known for its beautiful, white sand dune beaches, pristine blue-green waters, and friendly fishing communities.

The county seat is the historic city of DeFuniak Springs, located in the Florida panhandle at the crossroads of Hwy 331S and Interstate 10.  It is home to Lake DeFuniak, a naturally round lake with an approximate circumference of 1 mile.  Situated around this lake are many historical homes, churches, the Chautauqua Hall, and the oldest continuously operating library in the state.  

Farm House

Farm House in Walton County, Florida
ca 1929

DeFuniak Springs ~ Freeport ~ Paxton

Towns / Communities

Alaqua - Almarante - Argyle - Bruce - Clear Springs - Cluster Springs - Darlington - Eucheanna (Euchee Valley) - Flowersview - Gaskin - Glendale - Grayton Beach - Iona - Jackson Still - Lakewood - Liberty - Magnolia - Miramar Beach - Mossy Head - Natural Bridge - New Harmony - Oak Grove - Point Washington - Red Bay - Rosemary Beach - Santa Rosa Beach - Seacrest - Seagrove - Seaside

County Seat: DeFuniak Springs
Year Organized: 1824
Square Miles: 1,028
Estimated Population (2016): 65,889


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We're looking for DATA for this site!!!


If you are interested in adding your families' information to this website, Email Us.
We'll be happy to help your families' obituaries, news items, and other historical data find a home here
at Florida Genealogy Trails, where it will remain free for all to view.

Online Records

Biographies Marriage Index
Marriage Notices
Birth Notices Military  Service
Books Miscellaneous
Bridge to Native Americans of Walton
Cemeteries News
Census Data Newspapers
Churches Obituaries
County History Photographs
County Officials
Death Index Postcards/Post Offices
Directories Research Help
Disasters Schools
Divorce Index Societies
FAQs Stories
Historical Landmarks Tax Lists
Libraries Towns
Maps Voter Lists
Website Updates:

SEP 2018 -- 1921 News item - Shooting south of Geneva; April - May 1974 Newspaper Announcements: military, marriage, births, obits

AUG 2018
-- January - March 1974 Newspaper Announcements: military, marriage, births, obits

JUL 2018
-- January 1912 Newspaper Announcements: marriage, and obits.   1973 Newspaper Announcements are complete!  Thank you, Shirley Holley

JUN 2018
-- 1973 Newspaper Announcements: military, marriage, births, obits

MAY 2018
-- Summer Break! See you in June!  :-)

APR 2018
-- Confederate Monument - Background and Soldier inscriptions; 1973 Newspaper Announcements: military, marriage, births, obits

MAR 2018
-- 1973 Newspaper Announcements: military, marriage, births, obits

FEB 2018
-- 1973 Newspaper Announcements: military, marriage, births, obits; 1974 Newspaper Announcements: obits, marriages, and a news item.

JAN 2018
-- Bios - Andrews (Angus, Edward, Edward, Jr.), Ansley, Ard, & Arrants; 1910 News item (1)

Very special Thank You to Ms. Shirley Holley for all her hard work as she continues transcribing 1973 newspapers!

Happy New Year!!

December 2017 -- 1888 Marriages; Bios - Anderson (Angus & Archibald), Sprague; 1910 Newspaper Announcements:  misc news, birth, marriage, obits; 1972 Newspaper Announcements are complete!

Very special Thank You to Ms. Shirley Holley for all her hard work as she continues transcribing 1972 newspapers!

November 2017-- Mobile Friendly; Biographies - Adkison (Britton, James, John, & Thomas), Burler Alford, Fennie Allison, Alexander Anderson;  1910 Newspaper Announcements:  misc news, birth, marriage, obits; 1972 Newspaper Announcements:  military, birth, marriage, obits

Medal of Honor Recipient:  Rodney J. Evans

October 2017 --
1886 Marriages; 1911 Marriages; Biographies - D.C. Adkison, George Adkison, Cupedine Nowling; 1971 Newspaper Announcements are complete!

September 2017 --
1910 Newspaper Announcements:  military, marriage, obits, news; 1971 Newspaper Announcements: military, birth, marriage, obits; Updated cemeteries; Antioch Cemetery; 1850-1859 Births; Biographies - Adams, Elam Holley & Patrick Nowling

Very special Thank You to Ms. Shirley Holley for all her hard work as she continues transcribing 1971 newspapers!

August 2017 --
1971 Misc Obits, Marriages, Military, Births 1910 Misc Obits, News, Marriages; 1911-1919 Death Index; U.S.S. Franklin: Thomas Cosson; U.S.S. Indianapolis: William Cobb.

July 2017 --
Divorces 1927-1934, Churches, 1974 Misc Marriage Announcements, 1974 Misc Military Announcements, 1974 Misc Obits, County Officials- 1887 to present, 1974 News:  Million Dollar Damage, County history, 1900-1910 Deaths, Research Assistance, Heritage Museum, Town/City info, 1920-1925 Death Index, 1860-1880 Mortality Index, 1st Florida Union Cavalry, Sheriffs of Walton County, Disasters - Cosson Family Tragedy,
1867-1868 Voter Registration List, DeFuniak Springs Mayors.
Very special Thank You to Ms. Sharon Marsh for the permission to include her work on the 1st Florida Union Cavalry  Be sure to check out her blog on Northwest Florida history and research as well.


June 2017
-- 1885 Marriages, 1890 Marriages, 1910 Marriages, 1974 Death Index, Misc 1974 Obits, Misc 1985 Obits

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