Research links

Sanborn Fire Map via public domain

Want to do some historical sleuthing? Here are a few links to get you started. Remember, we have tools to help you research your home at the Gulfport History Museum, too.

Federal Census: Here you can find census records going back to 1790. They’re large, fascinating files.

Florida Memory Project: Florida maintains an excellent collection of photographs, videos, sound recordings and personal and government records.

Genealogy at Although substantial research comes with an annual fee, you can search basic records without paying it (and you can do a two-week trial membership once a year for free).

Home history: This link, courtesy of the city of St. Pete, can help you get started. Please note: some of the suggestions here only apply to St. Pete, but many apply everywhere in Tampa Bay.

National Archives: The federal government maintains an online collection of certain documents, including veteran service records.

We’ll add more links as we come across them. Know of one? Please let us know!