Recently when a friend and I went to Florida for a library conference, we had a little time before we could check into the hotel where we were spending the evening. We took advantage of the time to visit the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and its nearby museum. The city of Fort Lauderdale is a relatively new city, although the fort dates to the Seminole Wars.
This is the building that houses the society's research facility. They have a small research library at the facility, some Sanborn maps, manuscript collections, photographs, and history files. There is a database to aid in property research.