Keys Cops Seek Owner Of 19th Century Family Archive Swept By Hurricane Irma

Jun 12, 2018

People in the Florida Keys are still picking up property that got blown around by Hurricane Irma - and the Monroe County sheriff’s office is looking to return one special item that just turned up.

The binder found on Big Pine Key contains birth, marriage and death certificates for a family dating back to the 1850s.

One page has a label saying “the family of Fred Schaeffer Boyer Sr and Lillian Mae Fernandes.”

One page of the binder includes a label that says 'The family of Fred Schaeffer Boyer Sr. and Lillian Mae Fernandes.'
Credit Monroe County Sheriff's Office

The binder was found at the corner of Sands Road and Bailey street on Big Pine Key. Before Hurricane Irma, that was the site of the Seahorse RV park.

Big Pine took the brunt of Irma as a category 4 storm last september.

The binder was turned in to the Monroe County sheriff’s office. It’s being kept in the property room at the Cudjoe Key substation.

“I’m sure there is someone, somewhere missing it dearly - as it looks irreplaceable,” Deputy Seth Hopp said, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

To claim the binder, call Hopp at the Cudjoe Key substation at 305-745-3761.