There is nothing more helpful that a handy reference book with information specific to the area you are researching. I've listed below those that I know about.
(find in a library) will give you a link to help you find the book in the library closest to you. Most will show libraries near Ann Arbor... to change the location, type in your zip code and you can find libraries near you.
All of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state.
- Handybook for Genealogists ( 11th edition) (find in a library) (note: some libraries may have earleir editions; those are perfectly usable)
- Ancestry's Redbook (you'll want the 3rd edition) (find in a library)
- The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogical Research (find in a library)
Here are some books specific to Florida research.
Florida Fact Sheet
Historical and genealogical holdings in the state of Florida. 1992 out of print
Morris. Florida Place Names. 1974
Robie. Searching in Florida: A Reference Guide to Public and Vital Records. 1982 out of print
The Florida Genealogist
Coles. Genealogical Research in the Florida State Archives and the Florida State Library. Paulin. Jewish Genealogy in Florida
Michaels. Genealogical Research in Florida
Start print out or bookmark these FHL documents :Florida Research Outline and Florida Historical Background.
Print or bookmark this county map of Florida . You may also find historic maps useful to your research.
Next see what's available for your counties of interest at the Florida Gen Web (use the county selection list to find what's available for each of the counties) and do the same on the combined ALHN/AHGP Florida Page
Visit the websites of these libraries , archives and societies:
* Florida Archives They offer some searchable online collections, which include Florida World War I Service Cards, Confederate Pension Application Files and Spanish Land Grants)
State Library of Florida --Florida Collection
While there, search the Florida Biography Index
Florida State Genealogical Society. This site has a list of Florida counties, with addresses of courthouses, date of formation and name of parent counties.
For other local Florida genealogical societies, follw the links at the Florida Genealogical Society Directory
The Florida Newspaper Project will help you locate newspapers. Those that have been filmed can usually be borrowed on interlibrary loan.
The 1880 census can be searched for free at Familysearch.org Find other online census records and more census information at censusfinder.com's Florida links
Search for or place a query on the Florida county message boards. or see if one of the volunteers at Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Florida can help you.
To get information about vital records check the Florida Vital Records (official page) or Vitalrec Florida Page
See if the burials you need have been posted on Interment.net Florida or
Florida State Hospital Cemetery Records
Was your ancestor a Florida Black Sheep ?
* Genealogy Today's State Gen Site: Florida
* Ancestors Florida Resource Guide
* Rootsweb: Florida Resources
* Genealink's Florida Page
* Access Genealogy's List of Florida Links
Cyndi's List Florida Page
* Linkpendium's Florida Page