Florida Database of Car Registrations 1905-1917

Charles and Marie Hubbs Isted in automobile - Eustis, Florida

Charles and Marie Hubbs listed in automobile – Eustis, Florida

Hey, genealogy information is where you find it! I never thought about automobile registrations but if your early twentieth century ancestors lived in Florida, you can learn a bit more about their lives from the new Early Auto Registrations, 1905-1917 database.

The Florida Memory web site states:

“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.

“These records help illustrate how profoundly the automobile transformed Florida in the early 20th century as well as how much the automobile itself changed over the same period. Some of the earliest registrations in the documents are for steam-powered and electric cars, and many of the entries are for cars made by companies like the Sears & Roebuck Corporation, the National Sewing Machine Company, and the Locomobile Company of America. Old recognizable brands, like Ford, Cadillac and Olds[mobile], can be found throughout the collection as well.

“Local historians can use these records to identify the earliest automobile owners in a given Florida community. Genealogists will find them useful for determining whether and where their ancestors may have registered automobiles in Florida during the 1905-1917 period.”

You can check it out at https://www.floridamemory.com/collections/early-autos.

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Can’t wait until this becomes the norm everywhere!

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And in California: Register of motor vehicles and names of licensed chauffeurs [ drivers?]
https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22California.+Dept.+of+Motor+Vehicles%22

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There is a gentleman in Salem, Oregon, who has put together an early list of Oregon automobile registrations, and I understand he has also done some for Washington. By checking the index for “The Horseless Carriage Club Gazette” via the HCCA website, one should be able to locate an article that he had published in one of the issues within the past two or three years.

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