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Things to do, Places to go -

We have provided a number of the best sites, resources, and helpful items we could find for you. More will be added as we find them and have the time to post them. If you know of others, or can help by supplying files, typing services, or anything else to make this page more useful, please write.

Also, if you have or know of an event that the Genealogical community may be interested in, please write me.

The following are clickable links to other pages; some are at remote sites.

Commissioners Minutes re: formation of Okaloosa County
Special offer from Allen Co. Library, Ft. Wayne, IN

Sources in the area

Vital Statistics & Other Resources

Queries, Surnames

History related items

Cemeteries and Obituaries

Libraries, Genealogy Societies, other groups

These are sources not to be missed! If you know a library has a certain book, family history, or other source, you may contact that library and request a lookup. Please, always offer to pay for copy fees and send a self addressed stamped envelope. After it is received, it would also be nice to send a thank you note along with a small donation, marked for use of the Genealogy or Special Collections Department.

Someone wrote the following to the Okaloosa mailing list:

"I talked yesterday to the NEW reference librarian at the Fort Walton Beach Library. Her name is Jennifer Kepple and she is super! She is willing to look up obits on the newspaper microfilms that the library has in its collection. These date back to about 1915, I think. As with any query or request, please be as specific as possible. There is no charge for this service, but I'm sure donations would be accepted, especially if there is some research involved.

The Fort Walton Library will also issue a special card for anyone who wants to access the Library's electronic database, HeritageQuest Online. You do not have to be a resident of the City of FWB to get one of these. This particular database can be accessed from home once you get the card; it has census images and more. This is a free service that the library provides to genealogists and family historians."

The Crestview Library card allows you to log into Heritage Quest from Home and many library cards will do the same. You should check with your local library. Also, if you live near a library that allows such access, and you can do so, sign up for that library's card. Often you need not be a city, county or state resident, just have decent ID. Thanks to the person above! You really should check out the Heritage Quest offerings.

Books and online Resources


Neighboring Counties

Remember Santa Rosa and Walton each contributed half of the area of Okaloosa in 1915.
Here are the few biographies of area folks - in no special order.

Links of Interest

Free Queries:

Go to, for a list of global newspapers that publish genealogy columns, their rules and contact info.

Opp News Genealogical Column
PO Box 870
Opp, AL 36467

Complete name and address required with announcement or query.

Walton County Discussion Group

Since both counties are so closely related, it may be useful to subscribe to the list.  You can ask questions about the history of the area, learn what projects the group is getting together, and perhaps find lost relatives.  If you would like to join the Walton Co discussion group, send a message to that contains the word 'subscribe' in the text and nothing else.  If you prefer digest mode, send the command instead to  Be sure to turn off any automatic signature line. Enjoy!

This page last updated on 14 May 2010.