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  • Lake County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 24, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Orange and Sumter Counties.
    Established:  27-Jul-1887
    County Seat:  Tavares, Florida

    County history - Lake County is so named due to the many lakes in the region.

    Lake Courthouse
    GHLL Lake County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Lake County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Lake County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Eustis Historical Museum & Preservation Society / Eustis, FL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Kinseekers of Lake County Florida / Grand Island, FL)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Leesburg Historical Museum & Heritage Society / Leesburg, FL)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pastfinders of South Lake County / Clermont, FL)
          Lake County Historical Society
          315 West Main Street
          P. O. Box 7800
          Tavares, FL 32778

    9. US/FLGenWeb site - Lake County Archives
    10. US/FLGenWeb - Lake County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Lake County Vital Statistics Office, 16140 U.S. Hwy. 441, Eustis, FL 32726.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Volusia County (northeast), Orange County (east), Seminole County (east),
             Osceola County (southeast), Polk County (south), Sumter County (west),
             Marion County (northwest).

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  • Lee County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 21, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Monroe County.
    Established:  12-May-1887
    County Seat:  Fort Meyers, Florida

    County history - Lee County is named in honor of Robert E. Lee, general in the American Civil War.

    Lee Courthouse
    1. Lee County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Lee County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lee County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Lee County Genealogical Society / Cape Coral, FL)
    4. Lee County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lee County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lee County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lee County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Lee County Vital Records - Lee County Health Dept., 83 Pondella Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33903.


  • Leon County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 4, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of portions of Escambia and later Gadsden Counties.
    Established:  29-Dec-1824
    County Seat:  Tallahassee, Florida, Florida

    County history - Leon County is named in honor of Juan Ponce de L"n, the Spanish explorer who was the first European to reach Florida.

    Leon Courthouse

    Capitol history - Tallahassee was chosen as the territorial capital in 1824. The first territorial government met in log cabins. A capitol building was constructed in 1826 but never completely finished. It was torn down in 1839 for the construction of the present structure, which was completed in 1845, just prior to Florida s entry into the Union as the 27th state.
             Additions to the Historic Capitol were made several times throughout the years. Architect Frank Millburn, who added the classical style dome, made the first expansion in 1902. The 1923 additions by Henry Klutho included two new wings and a marble interior. Finally large wings for the House and Senate chambers were added to the north and south ends of the building in 1936 and 1947, respectively.
             Threatened with demolition in the late 1970s when the new capitol was built, The Historic Capitol was saved through citizens  action and was restored to its 1902 appearance. Architectural highlights include the elaborate art glass dome, red and white striped awnings, and a representation of the Florida State Seal over the entry columns. The restoration of The Old Capitol (1978 1982) was conducted under the supervision of the Department of General Services in conjunction with the Department of State.
    — courtesy FLHistoricCapitol.gov.


    Florida State Capitol

    GHLL Leon County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Leon County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Leon County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Tallahassee Genealogical Society / Tallahassee, FL)
    6. US/FLGenWeb site - Leon County Archives
    7. US/FLGenWeb - Leon County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Leon County Health Department, 2965 Municipal Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
           Grady County, Georgia (north), Thomas County, Georgia (northeast),
           Jefferson County (east), Wakulla County (south), Gadsden County (west),
           Liberty County (west).

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  • Levy County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Alachua County.
    Established:  10-Mar-1845
    County Seat:  Bronson, Florida

    County history - Levy County is named in honor of David Levy Yulee (1810 1886), one of the state's original United States Senators.

    Levy Courthouse
    GHLL Levy County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Levy County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Levy County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/FLGenWeb site - Levy County Archives
    7. US/FLGenWeb - Levy County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Levy County Health Department, Post Office Box 40, 66 West Main Street, Bronson, FL 32621.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Dixie County (west), Gilchrist County (north), Alachua County (northeast),
             Marion County (east), Citrus County (south).

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Levy County (Index: 1 page / Text: 3 pages / Folder: Slave).


  • Madison County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  May 17, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Jefferson County.
    Established:  26-Dec-1827
    County Seat:  Madison, Florida

    County history - Madison County is named in honor of James Madison (1751-1836), the 4th President of the United States (1809-1817). Note:  Madison County was orignally called Hickstown after the Seminole Indian Chief John Hicks.

    Madison Courthouse
    1. Madison County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Madison County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Madison County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Madison County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 136
          Madison, FL 32340

         Madison County Historical Society
         205 South Shelby Street
         Madison, FL 32340

    4. Madison County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Madison County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Madison County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Madison County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Madison County Vital Records - Madison County Health Department, 800 Third Street, Madison, FL 32340.

      Census Information:

      1850 Census (T) - Federal Census Madison County (Text: 5 pages).


  • Manatee County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Hillsborough County.
    Established:  09-Jan-1855
    County Seat:  Bradenton, Florida

    County history - Manatee County is named for the manatee or sea cow.

    Manatee Courthouse
    1. Manatee County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Manatee County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Manatee County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Manatee County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Manatee County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Manatee County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Manatee County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Manatee County Vital Records - Manatee County Health Dept., 410 6th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34208.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Manasota Genealogical Society / Bradenton, FL)


  • Marion County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 15, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Alachua, Hillsborough, and Mosquito (Orange) Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1844
    County Seat:  Ocala, Florida

    County history - Marion County is named in honor of Francis Marion (c. 1732 1795), military officer during the American Revolution.

    Marion Courthouse
    1. Marion County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Marion County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Marion County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Marion County Genealogical Society / Ocala, FL)
    4. Marion County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Marion County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Marion County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Marion County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Marion County Vital Records - Marion County P.H.U., 1801 South East 32nd Ave., P.O. Box 2408, Ocala, FL 34478.


  • Martin County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 2, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Palm Beach and St Lucie Counties.
    Established:  30-May-1925
    County Seat:  Stuart, Florida

    County history - Martin County is named in honor of John W. Martin, governor of Florida at time of incorporation.

    Martin Courthouse
    1. Martin County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Martin County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Martin County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Martin County Genealogical Society, Inc. / Stuart, FL)
    4. Martin County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Martin County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Martin County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Martin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Martin County Vital Records - Martin County Health Department, Attn: Vital Statistics, 3441 SE Willoughby Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34994.


  • Miami-Dade County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 9, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Johns County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1836
    County Seat:  Miami, Florida

    County history - Miami-Dade County is named in honor of the City of Miami and Francis Langhorne Dade (1793?  December 28, 1835) who was a Brevet Major in the U.S. 4th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, during the Second Seminole War. Dade was killed in a battle with Seminole Indians that came to be known as the "Dade Massacre". Dade was born in Virginia, most likely in King George County.

    Miami-Dade Courthouse
    GHLL Miami-Dade County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Miami-Dade County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Miami-Dade County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Historical Museum of Southern Florida / Miami, FL)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Miami-Dade County Genealogical Society of Greater Miami / Miami, FL)
    7. US/FLGenWeb site - Miami-Dade County Archives
    8. US/FLGenWeb - Miami-Dade County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - or Miami-Dade County Clerk and Florida State office of Vital Statistics.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Broward County (north), Monroe County (south and west), Collier County
             (northwest).
               Note:  County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
             linked.

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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Nassau County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Duval County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1824
    County Seat:  Fernandina Beach, Florida

    County history - Nassau County is named in honor of Duchy of Nassau in Germany.

    Nassau Courthouse
    1. Nassau County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Nassau County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Nassau County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (West Nassau Historical Society / Callahan, FL)
    4. Nassau County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Nassau County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Nassau County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Nassau County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Nassau County Vital Records - Nassau County Health Department, P.O. Box 517, 30 South 4th Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035.

    9. Nassau County - Amelia Island, Genealogical Society

      Census Information:
    10. 1830 Census (T) - Eastern Division:  One page notes, one page text.
    11. 1850 Census (T) - 17th Division:  three text pages.
    12. 1860 Census (I) and (T) - Fernandina and Kings Ferry division


  • Okaloosa County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Santa Rosa and Walton Counties.
    Established:  13-Jun-1915
    County Seat:  Crestview, Florida

    County history - Okaloosa County is named for a Choctaw word meaning "black water". "Oka" means water, and "lusa" is black in the Choctaw language.

    Okaloosa Courthouse
    1. Okaloosa County - American History & Genealogy (Independent)
    2. Okaloosa County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Okaloosa County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Okaloosa County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Okaloosa County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Okaloosa County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Okaloosa County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Okaloosa County Vital Records - Okaloosa County Public Health Unit, 221 Hospital Drive NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.


  • Okeechobee County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Osceola, Palm Beach and St Lucie Counties.
    Established:  08-May-1917
    County Seat:  Okeechobee, Florida

    County history - Okeechobee County is named for Lake Okeechobee, which was in turn is from the Hitchiti words for "big water".

    Okeechobee Courthouse
    1. Okeechobee County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Okeechobee County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Okeechobee County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Genealogical Society of Okeechobee / Okeechobee, FL)
    4. Okeechobee County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Okeechobee County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Okeechobee County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Okeechobee County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Okeechobee County Vital Records - Okeechobee County Health Dept., 1728 NW 9th Ave, PO Box 1879, Okeechobee, FL 34973.


  • Orange County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 13, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of St. Johns County which was renamed Misquito County (1824 to 1845) then renamed to Orange County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1845
    County Seat:  Orlando, Florida

    County history - Orange County was renamed from Mosquito County for the fruit that constituted the county's main product.

    Orange Courthouse
    1. Orange County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Orange County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Orange County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Orange County Historical Society / Museum
          812 E. Rollins Street
          Orlando, FL 32803
          Phone: (407) 897-6350 / Fax: (407) 897-6409

    4. Orange County - US/FLGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Orange County - US/FLGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Orange County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Local History/Genealogy:
    7. County Factoid - PLEASE NOTE:  In 1821, there were two counties that formed Florida: Escambia to the west and
               St. Johns to the east. In 1824, the area to the south of St. Johns County became Mosquito County, and Enterprise
               was named the County Seat. This massive county took up much of Central Florida. Mosquito County was renamed
               Orange County in 1845 when Florida became a state. Several counties, such as Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia
               County, were carved out of Orange County. Orange County was renamed from Mosquito County for the fruit that
               constituted the county's main product.
    8. Cemeteries - Listings (by county & cemetery). May include photos, records, name lists, etc..

    9. Orange County - Apopka Historical Society & Museum.
    10. Orange County Regional History Center - home of the Museum-based Orange County History Society
    11. Orange County - Jewish Genealogical Society (Orlando, FL)

      Census Information:
    12. 1830 Census (T) - (Mosquito County renamed to Orange County in 1845) Eastern Dvision, notes and text
    13. 1840 Census (T) - Eastern Dvision, single text page


  • Osceola County, Florida —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 24, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Brevard and Orange Counties.
    Established:  12-May-1887
    County Seat:  Kissimmee, Florida

    County history - Osceola County is named in honor of the Indian leader Osceola, whose name means "Black Drink Cry [Asi Yaholo]". Osceola became a hero to the Seminole Indians of Florida when he formed guerrilla resistance to the United States' demand that the Indians leave their home for the territories in the West.

    Osceola Courthouse
    GHLL Osceola County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Osceola County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Osceola County, FL Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogy Club of Osceola County / St. Cloud)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Osceola County Historical Society / Kissimmee, FL)
    7. US/FLGenWeb site - Osceola County Archives
    8. US/FLGenWeb - Osceola County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Osceola County Health Dept., 1875 Boggy Creek Rd., Kissimmee, FL 32744.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Orange County (north), Brevard County (northeast), Indian River County
             (east), Okeechobee County (southeast), Highlands County (south), Polk
                County
    (west), Lake County (northwest).

        Osceola County - Florida Genealogy Trails, History Group

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