Sign In

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

Add YOUR Family To This Page

flag  History of Miami, Florida, USA

Journey back in time to Miami, Florida, USA

Visit Miami, 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 Miami Roots? Share Your Ancestral Story!

Miami, Florida, USA - Bayfront Park

Miami, Dade, Florida, USA

Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife's stove.

Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers.

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

Miami Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Miami, Florida, USA

Bayfront Park

Miami, Florida, USA

Flagler Street Looking West

Miami, Florida, USA

Lincoln Road and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Fla.

Discover Miami: History, News, Travel, and Stories

Add informationAdd History/News/Story
  • 1895 - Miami
    Miami, a post-village, capital of Dade co., Fla., on the Miami River where it empties into Biscayne Bay.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • 1896 - Miami, Florida founded
  • News  1899 - LOSSES BY FIRE
    MIAMI, Fla., Nov. 12. - The Miami Hotel a wooden building of 100 rooms, Mrs. Maggie Knapp's restaurant, owned by J. C. Gildewell; the Greet store and boarding house, the Miami Metropolis Building, and Joseph McDonald's machine shops and stables were burned to-day. The fire started from the extension of a gas stove in the hotel. The total loss is $60,750; insurance about $18,000.
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    November 13, 1899
  • February 3, 1917 - Downtown Miami, FL, reported an all-time record low of 27 degrees.
  • 1926 - Great Miami Hurricane
    The "Great Miami" Hurricane was first spotted as a tropical wave located 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles on September 11th. The system moved quickly westward and intensified to hurricane strength as it moved to the north of Puerto Rico on the 15th. Winds were reported to be nearly 150 mph as the hurricane passed over the Turks Islands on the 16th and through the Bahamas on the 17th. Little in the way of meteorological information on the approaching hurricane was available to the Weather Bureau in Miami. As a result, hurricane warnings were not issued until midnight on September 18th, which gave the booming population of South Florida little notice of the impending disaster.

    The Category 4 hurricane's eye moved directly over Miami Beach and downtown Miami during the morning hours of the 18th. This cyclone produced the highest sustained winds ever recorded in the United States at the time, and the barometric pressure fell to 27.61 inches as the eye passed over Miami. A storm... Read MORE...

  • 1926 - March 3 - International Greyhound Racing Association formed (Miami, Fla)
  • News  1930 - Check Shows Six Killed in Boat Blast. 135 Survive Explosion That Sunk Glass Bottomed Eureka II.
    Miami Beach, Fla., Dec. 15 (AP).-A check Monday accounted for 135 survivors of a fire and explosion that sank the excursion boat Eureka II., Fifteen miles south of here late Sunday.

    Three bodies had been recovered and it was said possibly three persons were missing.

    Uncertainty as to the exact number of persons aboard the glass-bottomed boat at the time of the disaster made it virtually impossible for authorities to determine if all had been accounted for. First reports had said 135 persons were aboard.

    Authorities thought it probable that Mrs. Mary Holler of Milwaukee, Frank J. Keefe of Providence, R.I., and J. S. Haig of Pomona, Cal., were aboard but no report had been heard of them.

    Managers of hotels where they were registered said the three had planned to go on the excursion trip and had not returned to the hotels. It was not definitely known, however, that they were aboard.

    First reports were that there were 130 survivors, but later that figures was increased to... Read MORE...

  • 1937 - January 25 - Miami-to-Tampa bus overturned in a canal, kills 13
  • 1944 - Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife's stove. resources/ state-facts/ florida.html
  • 1948 - December 28 - The DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappears 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • 1949 - March 21 - WTVJ TV channel 4 in Miami, FL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1950 - October 17 - Small but powerful Hurricane King struck Miami, FL.
    The hurricane packs winded to 122 mph, with gusts to 150 mph. Hurricane King then moved up the Florida peninsula to Georgia. Four persons were killed and damage was 28 million dollars.
  • 1964 - August 27 - Hurricane Cleo battered Miami and the South Florida area. It was the first direct hit for Miami in fourteen years. Winds gusted to 135 mph, and the hurricane caused 125 million dollars damage.

Discover Your Roots: Miami Ancestry

Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Miami, Florida, USA

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

View Them Now (sorted by year of birth)

photo of Floyd CRANSKAFloyd CRANSKA (16 September 1849, Thompson, Connecticut, USA (North Grosvenordale) (Quinebaug) (Fabyan) (Mechanicsville) - 3 February 1920, Miami, Florida, USA)
photo of Pietro Michael "Peter" CARDILLAPietro Michael "Peter" CARDILLA (31 October 1858, Naples, Napoli, Campania, Italy - 21 October 1939, Miami, Florida, USA)
female ancestorEmma KEALING (October 1861, , Indiana, USA - 1953, Miami, Florida, USA)
male ancestorAlfred Bruce SAWYER (1867, Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, Bahamas - 7 January 1944, Miami, Florida, USA)
male ancestorWilliam Thomas WILLIFORD (11 October 1868, Gallatin, Sumner, Tennessee, USA - 25 July 1955, Miami, Florida, USA)
female ancestorCordelia Jane PEARSON (12 March 1870, Shelbyville, Bedford, Tennessee, USA - 11 September 1930, Miami, Florida, USA)
photo of John Murphy GOREJohn Murphy GORE (6 July 1872, , Tennessee, USA - 3 January 1944, Miami, Florida, USA)
female ancestorVictoria GODERRE (1883, Magog, Québec, Canada - April, 1968, Miami, Florida, USA)
male ancestorBeryl (Barnett) MERLIN (1883, , Russia (Soviet Union) (U.S.S.R.) - October 1933, Miami, Florida, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Miami, Florida, USA

We currently have information about ancestors who were married in Miami.

View Them Now

male ancestorHoward Miller WEST (10 April 1918 - 23 July 1995) and photo of Shirley MERLIN Shirley MERLIN (2 May 1929 - 11 April 2014) married 14 March 1976
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: 3/28/2023 12:36:49 PM

Miami Ancestry Tales: Share Your Unique Story!

If you'd like to be contacted by others who have ancestors from Miami, 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.