Sign In

FREE ancestry since 1999 - History belongs to all of us!

Add YOUR Family To This Page

flag  History of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Journey back in time to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Discover its history. Learn about the people who lived there through stories, old newspaper articles, pictures, postcards and ancestry.

Follow us on Instagram      Subscribe to our Youtube channel      Buy Me a Coffee at Visit Our Old Newspaper Blog Visit Our Life Blog

Do You Have Fort Lauderdale Roots? Share Your Ancestral Story!

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - Radio Club Restaurant

Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida, USA

Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways.

There is MUCH more to discover about Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Read on!

Fort Lauderdale Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Radio Club Restaurant

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Lauderdale Beach Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

Aerial View of Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla.

Discover Fort Lauderdale: History, News, Travel, and Stories

Add informationAdd History/News/Story
  • The city was incorporated in 1911, and in 1915 was designated the county seat of newly formed Broward County.
    Fort Lauderdale's first major development began in the 1920s, during the Florida land boom of the 1920s.
  • 1916
    Fort Lauderdale, in Dade co., Fla., 30 miles N. by E. of Miami.
    Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
    Miami, Fla. (UP) - A flight of five navy torpedo bombers disappeared off the southeast Florida coast last night, and today a full-scale search aided by aircraft carrier was launched over a wide area.
    The escort carrier Solomons, with 25 or 30 planes which could scour the Atlantic region was called into the search by the navy here. Planes from the carrier were joined by all available coast guard, navy and army aircraft and rescue vessels.

    Navy officials here said only that the Solomons "happened to be in the neighborhood." It was not known if it were returning to a United States port from a war area.

    All merchant shipping in the coastal waters also was asked by radio to aid in the search, the largest air-sea rescue operation for the stations in this area.

    The planes, from the naval air station at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were reported overdue when they failed to return from a routine flight. Each carried two crewmen.

    None of the planes sent out distress messages, apparently, ... Read MORE...

  • News  1947 - September 17–September 21 – The 1947 Fort Lauderdale Hurricane in southeastern Florida, and also in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana causes widespread damage and kills 51 people.
    September 21, 1947
  • 1965 - October 14 -15 - Heavy rains hit the coastal areas of southeastern Florida.
    In a 24 hour period rains of twenty inches were reported from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale, with 25.28 inches on the Fort Lauderdale Bahia-Mar Yacht Basin. Flooding that resulted caused considerable damage to roads and streets. The rains inundated numerous newly planted vegetable fields, and some residences. Ten miles away just 4.51 inches of rain was reported.
  • 1965 - October 30-31 - Fort Lauderdale, FL, was deluged with 13.81 inches of rain, which brought their rainfall total for the month of October to an all-time record of 42.43 inches.

    The Weather Channel
  • 1968 - December 6 - WKID (WSCV) TV channel 51 in Fort Lauderdale, FL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1969 - August 30 - Racial disturbances in Fort Lauderdale Florida

Discover Your Roots: Fort Lauderdale Ancestry

Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

We currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in Fort Lauderdale.

View Them Now (sorted by year of birth)

photo of Oliver Marquis CHERRYOliver Marquis CHERRY (30 July 1879, Vaughan, York, Ontario, Canada - 4 September 1976, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
male ancestorJoseph Gustave RHEIMS (21 July 1892, Southbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Globe) (Lensdale) (Saundersdale) (Shuttleville) - March 1957, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
male ancestorHarry DAVIS (25 June 1895, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - 29 June 1926, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
male ancestorEdward Ludger ROY (October 1906, Rumford, Maine, USA - 1970, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
male ancestorLeroy Burton BAKER (17 September 1907, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - 8 November 1981, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
female ancestorSally PEACH (18 May 1911, Swampscott, Massachusetts, USA - 19 December 1985, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
photo of Regina Marie FLEURYRegina Marie FLEURY (01/07/1912, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire) (Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur) - 10/3/2001, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
male ancestorJoseph Walter DAVIS (21 April 1913, Red Bank, New Jersey, USA - 20 January 2003, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
female ancestorLoretta MARTIN (23 January 1914, Frenchville, Maine, USA (Chateaugay) (Ste-Emilie) (Ste-Luce) - 3 December 1993, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)
Not the place you are looking for? Try again!

Search for Your Family by Place

To search for a place, specify place name below. Choose name from the list. Then SEARCH.
*Place Name:

Who Are You Searching For?

Search for Your Family by Name

NOTE: If you don't know your ancestor's whole name or are unsure of the spelling, specify part of the name.

First Name:
*Last Name:
Born (+/- 2 years):
Died (+/- 2 years):
Match all terms exactly:

Updated: 4/16/2023 10:26:28 AM

Fort Lauderdale Ancestry Tales: Share Your Unique Story!

If you'd like to be contacted by others who have ancestors from Fort Lauderdale, leave a message here!
The comments you read here belong only to the person who posted them. We reserve the right to remove off-topic and inappropriate comments.