Orange County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to Orange County, Florida ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Orlando
Organized: 1824
Parent County(s): St. Johns
Neighboring Counties
Brevard  • Lake  • Osceola  • Polk  • Seminole  • Volusia
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Orange fruit. The County is located in the East Central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Orange County Courthouse
425 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801-3547
Phone: 407-863-6321
Orange County Website

Formerly Mosquito County, name was changed to Orange 30 Jan 1845.
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage records from 1890,
court and probate records from 1869. [2]

Orange County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1869 1899 1869 1847 1869 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1868 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Towns
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • Before 1824, all of Florida was divided into two counties, Alachua to the west and St Johns to the east.
  • In 1824, the area of St Johns County from south of Jacksonville to the Lake Okeechobee area was split off to become Mosquito County.
  • Florida achieved statehood in 1845 and the county was renamed Orange County.
  • Later, other counties were created from Orange County -- Seminole, Osceola, others.
  • From 1824 to 1845, the county seat was Enterprise. The current county seat is Orlando.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Orange, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Orange County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1830 733
1840 73 −90.0%
1850 466 538.4%
1860 987 111.8%
1870 2,195 122.4%
1880 6,618 201.5%
1890 12,584 90.1%
1900 11,374 −9.6%
1910 19,107 68.0%
1920 19,890 4.1%
1930 49,737 150.1%
1940 70,074 40.9%
1950 114,950 64.0%
1960 263,540 129.3%
1970 344,311 30.6%
1980 471,016 36.8%
1990 677,491 43.8%
2000 896,344 32.3%
2010 1,145,956 27.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing census records online, see: Florida Census.

  • 1783 - Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 - Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 - Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 - Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • 1885 - Florida State Population Census includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, manufacture and mortality.
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page. List of Churches and Church Parishes

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Orlando

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Civil court cases can be searched Orange County Clerk Civil Records.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

  • 1944-1945 - FamilySearch Florida and South Carolina, Airplane Arrival Manifests
  • NARA Ships Passenger Lists - These passenger lists cover:
    • 1834-1897 - Immigration of Russians to the United States
    • 1/12/1846-12/31/1851 - Irish Famine
    • 1850-1897 - Germans to the United States
    • 1855-1900 - Italians to the United States

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

1843-2009 - Orange County Comptroller. Click "I Accept" to get to the search page.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for most counties. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Iraq War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Orlando Florida Family History Center
45 East Par St
Orlando FL 32804
Telephone: 321-315-1287
Email: FL_Orlando@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Orlando Florida Hunters Creek Family History Center
701 W Wetherbee Rd
Orlando FL 32824
Telephone: 321-316-1204 or 407-346-8631 and leave a message
Email: FL_OrlandoHuntersCreek@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Orlando Florida South Family History Center
3001 S Apopka Vineland Rd
Orlando FL 32835
Telephone: 407-876-8135
Email:FL_OrlandoSouth@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center
1821 E. Silver Star Road
Ocoee FL 34761
Phone: 407-835-7323
library website
Genealogy website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Fort Christmas Historical Park
1300 Fort Christmas Road (C.R. 420)
Christmas, FL 32709
Phone: 407-254-9312
Email: Cheryl.Wasserman@ocfl.net
website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Central Florida Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 536309
Orlando, FL 32853-6309
Email: cfgs@cfgs.org
Website

The Central Florida Genealogical Society, Inc. represents genealogists from the Central Florida area. The Society meets monthly September through May. A Daytime Group and the Computer Interest Group meet bi-monthly year round. The Society produces a monthly newsletter, Treasure Chest News, and a quarterly journal, Buried Treasures. There is also a yearly conference or seminar.

Florida Historical Society
435 Brevard Ave.
Cocoa FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971
Website

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 940927
Maitland, FL 32794-0927
Phone: 407-494-3747
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Orange County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/25/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Orange County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 30 January 2019.