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

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County Facts
County seat: Ocala
Organized: March 14, 1844
Parent County(s): Alachua[1]
Neighboring Counties
Alachua  • Citrus  • Lake  • Levy  • Putnam  • Sumter  • Volusia
See County Maps
Courthouse
Marion Courthouse
Location Map
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Adoption
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for General Francis Marion of South Carolina, a guerilla fighter and hero of the American Revolutionary War. Ocala is the county seat and the county was created March 14, 1844.[2]The County is located in the west central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Marion County Courthouse
110 NW 1st Ave (zip 34475);
PO Box 1030; Ocala, FL 34478
Phone: 352.620.3904

Recording Office has land, divorce, probate and court records.
Clerk of Courts has marriage records.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[4]

Marion 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1844 1899 1849 1844 1846 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information

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The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[8]

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 Marion, 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 Marion County cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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.

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

  • Ocala

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

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]

The Struggle for Survival: a partial history of the Negroes of Marion County, 1865-1976. edited and prepared by Central Florida Community College. - [Ocala, Fla.] Blacek Historical Organization of Marion County, C 1977. 111 p.F317.M3 C46 1977

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.

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[edit | edit source]

Alachua CountyPutnam CountyVolusia CountyLake CountySumter CountyCitrus CountyLevy CountyFL MARION.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam 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]

The Struggle for Survival: a partial history of the Negroes of Marion County, 1865-1976. edited and prepared by Central Florida Community College. - [Ocala, Fla.] Blacek Historical Organization of Marion County, C 1977. 111 p.F317.M3 C46 1977

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

  • 1784 – 1990 - FamilySearch Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
  • 1810 – 1974 - Ancestry.com $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974

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.

Ocala Florida Family History Center
1831 SE 18th Ave
Ocala FL 34471-8313
Telephone: 352-351-4163
E-mail: FL_Ocala@ldsmail.net
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Marion County Historical Society
PO Box 1206
Ocala, Florida 34478-1206
Telephone: 352-897-0840
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Marion County, Florida Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/fla/marion/ accessed 04/25/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Marion County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Marion County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_County,_Florida, accessed 30 January 2019.
  8. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.