Local History Archives Research Assistance

  • People on Boynton beach.

Use of Archives

Please prearrange an appointment with the archivist if you intend to visit the archive in person. Use of the material will require filling out a registration form, and all patrons are monitored and assisted. No food or drink is allowed.


Images created with hand-held cameras or cell-phones are allowed. If you desire a higher quality image, we can provide it. If this is for personal use, we can deliver a digital image. Use in publications may involve a fee. We do not offer reproduction services.

We will ask you to fill out a form with contact information and outlining some Terms of Use:

  • Permission is for one-time, one-project use only
  • Photographs may be cropped to suit design and layout, but they may not be altered, colorized, or drawn upon without prior written agreement.
  • Images are not to be resold without prior written agreement.
  • Credit must be given to the Boynton Beach City Library with the credit line “From the Collection of the Boynton Beach City Library” and to the creator of the original work, if known. Credit must appear on or below the image, or in a designated credit section. 
  • Boynton Beach City Library reserves the right to decline permission to requestors who have not complied with these conditions or whose use is deemed inappropriate. 
  • Boynton Beach City Library assumes no responsibility for infraction of copyright laws, invasion of privacy or any other improper or illegal use that may arise from reproduction of any collection materials. Requestor assumes full and sole responsibility for the use of the duplication and shall pay and indemnify and hold Boynton Beach City Library or the City of Boynton Beach and its agents harmless from and against all claims, damages, losses, costs, expenses, and liabilities of every kind (including attorneys' fees) arising out of the requestor's use, or out of the requestor's breach or alleged breach of the use or license agreement. 
  • In some cases, the Boynton Beach City Library will request that a copy of the finished product be donated to our collections.

Our understanding of the history of Boynton Beach ever expands as we uncover an increasing number of stories and records of the many peoples who lived in the area. 

Good introductory sources available online include:



History of Boynton Beach. 

Collection A0015 – History of Boynton Beach Small Manuscript Collection, Folder 4.  Title page states: "Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Andrew N. Houston of the Boynton Beach Historical Society. Original in the Boynton file of the Palm Beach Historical Society." Includes:

  • Description of Boynton (unknown date) 1 page; 
  • "Settlement of Boynton, Florida as told by H.B. Murray, first settler" [Horace Bentley Murray (1886-1949)] 1 page. Noted as existing in HSPB Boynton file (GCB-Cities7-F6);
  • "Notes of the town of Boynton, Florida : Compiled from the Public Records of Dade and Palm Beach Counties, the Minutes of the Town and Interviews with Settlers" ending at year 1937. Unknown author, 24 pages.

"Memories of Boynton School 1896-1920" by Hazel Daugharty Houston, 1975.

Collection A0027 – Boynton Beach Elementary School Collection, Box 21, Folder 2:

As a government agency, the City of Boynton Beach has wide access to its public records. Records involving land ownership, committee minutes, etc., are often available online.

One of the best places to start genealogical research is the U.S. Federal Government census. Taken every ten years since 1790, this data can tell you names, ages, occupations, and other various pieces of information. The National Archives offers an excellent description of how to access the U.S. Census online.  Remember, Boynton Beach City Library offers free access to ancestry.com and Fold3.com from inside the library.

The first U.S. Census taken for Boynton Beach was in 1900, with the town being included in the Fort Lauderdale, Dade County, Precinct 6 census. It included only 91 people; however, individuals living outside of the downtown area may not have been included here.

A large part of original Boynton Beach is located between Boynton Beach Blvd & Woolbright Road and U.S. 1 & I-95 is Range 43, Township 45, Section 28. Between U.S. 1 & the ocean is Section 27.

  • Florida Board of Trustees Land Document System (BTLDS) The BTLDS website provides access to the Florida Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (TIITF) State Lands Records archived with the Division of State Lands in Tallahassee, Florida. Includes a clickable map for viewing original land patent applications.
  • Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Provides access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. We also have images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records.


Early Car Registrations 1905-1917

Available through the Florida Memory website, this collection contains Florida's first automobile registrations, which were recorded by the Florida Department of State between 1905 and 1917. Each registration, which was handwritten in a ledger, indicates the name and post office address of the registrant plus the manufacturer, style, horsepower and factory number of the vehicle. Each entry was dated and assigned a unique registration number, which was sent to the registrant on a certificate.

The Sanborn Map Company was a publisher of detailed maps of U.S. cities and towns in the 19th and 20th centuries. The maps were originally created to allow fire insurance companies to assess their total liability in urbanized areas of the United States. Since they contain detailed information about properties and individual buildings in approximately 12,000 U.S. cities and towns, Sanborn maps are invaluable for documenting changes in the built environment of American cities over many decades. (Wikipedia, retrieved 9/12/2019)

Sanborn Maps for the Boynton Beach  downtown exist for 1924 and 1940.

More Sanborn Maps of Florida towns are available through the Palm Beach County Library (including Boynton Beach) and University of Florida (not Boynton Beach)


Sanborn map 1924
Sanborn Map
1924, #1
Sanborn map 1924
Sanborn Map
1924 #2
Sanborn 1940
Sanborn Map
1940 #1
sanborn map 1940
Sanborn Map
1940 #2

Ascension Lutheran Church Memorial Garden Columbarium

Barton Memorial Park

Boynton Beach Memorial Park and Mausoleum

Eternal Light Memorial Gardens

Saint Joseph's Episcopal Church Columbarium

Sara Sims Memorial Cemetery

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) employed millions of mostly unskilled men in the 1930s. One of the many useful tasks they performed was to record historical documents.  These copies are now located in archives.