What's What Clearwater Archive


  • Ancestry Library Edition is an invaluable resource for genealogists and family researchers looking for census records, immigration information, passenger lists, birth, marriage, death and military records. Also includes charts and tools, plus much more. Available for in-library use only.
  • AtoZDatabases is ideal for locating long-lost relatives or planning your next family reunion.
  • Florida Newspaper Database is useful for searching obituaries. It contains full text articles from over 50 state and local newspapers, including Florida Trend (1985-present), Miami Herald (2000-present), Orlando Sentinel (2000-present), Tampa Bay Business Journal (1984-present), and the St Petersburg/Tampa Bay Times (1998-present).
  • Pinellas County Public Records Database contains adult criminal records, civil claims records, marriage license records, mortgage foreclosures, parking tickets, probate records, real estate tax records, traffic citations, and other county records.

Clearwater Sun Collection

The Clearwater Public Library System owns the copyright to the Clearwater Sun newspaper. Digitizing the newspaper's photographs and newspaper issues is ongoing at Pinellas Memory. Issues from 1925-1989 are available on microfilm for use at the Clearwater Main Library. Please contact us using this form to request research assistance.

City Directories at the Clearwater Main Library

We maintain a popular collection of old city directories, useful for researching people and businesses over time.

Local Obituary Research

Pinellas Genealogy Society Obituary Index

Search the St Pete Times/Tampa Bay Times Archive

>>Search for articles from 1987-present.

>>Search for articles from 1870-2000.

Other Pinellas county papers archived by Google News include the St. Petersburg Daily Times, the St. Petersburg Evening Independent, and the St. Petersburg Independent.

Please note that you cannot print from the Google News archive, although you may be able to use your computer's screen print function to grab a picture. Should you need back issues of the St. Petersburg Times/Tampa Bay Times, please visit the Main Library and request access to the microfilm. You can also request reprints of specific articles directly from the newspaper.

How to Order State of Florida Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates

The State of Florida’s Bureau of Vital Statistics partners with to provide copies of birth certificates, death certificates, marriage records, and divorce records. All can be ordered from Please note that cause of death will not be indicated on the certificate unless you submit proof of your familial relationship.

Divorce records can be located in's Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001 database (available free in the library). If the divorce was finalized in Pinellas County, you may be able to find it in the online public records search provided by Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

General Genealogy Resources

U.S. Military Veterans

International Resources

Death & Burial Resources


Government Services

Listings of community assistance resources in the Tampa Bay Area. Citizens can find help and referral information to various support agencies on all topics of concern.  Apply for food stamps, get Medicaid or temporary cash assistance  Unemployment Compensation Claim your weeks for re-employment here  Contact elected federal officials  Federal Document Links Florida Department of Corrections  Hurricane Preparedness Information  Get Help Florida website
Pinellas Memory

Clearwater Sun Archive

Explore local history at Pinellas Memory, including historic newspapers, photographs, and documents. - online learning

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