Orange County, Florida Genealogy
Guide to Orange County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Orange County, Florida|
Location in the state of Florida, United States Genealogy
Location of Florida in the U.S.
- 1 County Information
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Cemeteries
- 5.2 Census
- 5.3 Church
- 5.4 Court
- 5.5 Immigration
- 5.6 Land
- 5.7 Local Histories
- 5.8 Maps
- 5.9 Military
- 5.10 Newspapers
- 5.11 Obituaries
- 5.12 Probate
- 5.13 Taxation
- 5.14 Vital Records
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Web Sites
- 8 References
County Information[edit | edit source]
Orange County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Orange County Courthouse
425 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801-3547
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. 
History[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
1824--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 Okochobee area was split off to become Mosquito County. When Florida achieved statehood in 1845, 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.
County seat: Enterprise 1824-1845; Orlando 1845-present 
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
1868 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:
Places / Localities[edit | edit source]
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
Resources[edit | edit source]
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
|Tombstone Transcriptions Online||Tombstone Transcriptions in Print||List of Cemeteries in the county|
|Findagrave.com||Family History Library||Findagrave.com|
|FLGenWeb Archives||Orange County GenWeb|
|Florida Gravestones||Veterans Administration National Cemeteries|
Census[edit | edit source]
For tips on accessing Orange County, Florida Genealogy 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
- Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
- State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
- Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb
Church[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.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
Court[edit | edit source]
Civil court cases can be searched Orange County Clerk Civil Records.
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
Land[edit | edit source]
1843-2009 ]http://or.occompt.com/recorder/web/ or.occompt.com]. Click "I Accept" to get to the search page.
Local Histories[edit | edit source]
Maps[edit | edit source]
- 1821-1997 Maps of Florida
- 1870 Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of StateUSGenWeb
- 1882 Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of StateUSGenWeb
- Exploring Florida, FCIT Maps University of South Florida
Military[edit | edit source]
- Florida State Military Files USGenWeb
- Florida state pension records from various wars Pension Transcriptions USGenWeb
Civil War[edit | edit source]
- 1861-1865 - Florida Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - Florida Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
Korean War[edit | edit source]
- Florida Casualties in the Korean Conflict distantcousin.com
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]
- Florida Casualties in the Vietnam War distantcousin.com
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
- Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb
Obituaries[edit | edit source]
- U.S. Hidden Ancestors Obituaries
- USGenWeb Obituaries Project Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties
Probate[edit | edit source]
Online Probate Records
- 1784 – 1990 FamilySearch Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
- 1810 – 1974 Ancestry.com $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974
- Florida State Archives $
- Search Orange County probate records Online My Orange County Clerk
Taxation[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 Records[edit | edit source]
- 1880 - 1935 FamilySearch Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935
Death Records[edit | edit source]
- 1877 - 1939 FamilySearch Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939
- 1900 - 1921 FamilySearch Florida, Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921
- 1877 - 1998 FamilySearch Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
- 1927 - 2001 Ancestry.com $ Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
- 1837 - 1974 FamilySearch Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974
- 1830 - 1993 FamilySearch Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993
- 1822 - 1875 and 1927 - 2001 FamilySearch Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001
Societies and Libraries [edit | edit source]
West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center
1821 E. Silver Star Rd.
Ocoee, FL 34761
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.
Fort Christmas Historical Society
1300 Fort Christmas Rd
Christmas, FL 32709
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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
- Orlando Florida Family History Center
- Orlando Florida Hunters Creek Family History Center
- Orlando Florida South Family History Center
Web Sites[edit | edit source]
- Orange County, FL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Florida Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Florida Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- FamilySearch Catalog
- Orange County, Florida Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Orange County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc.
- Central Florida Genealogical Society, Inc
References[edit | edit source]
- Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 123-139. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Orange County, Florida Page 136 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).