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Hernando County, Florida

Hernando County

Hernando County was created on February 24, 1843 from Alachua County (was renamed Benton County from March 6, 1844 to December 24, 1850). This county was named for Hernando de Soto (c.1496/1497–1542), a Spanish explorer and conquistador.

The Hernando County Seat is located in Brooksville also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Hernando County are Citrus County (north), Sumter County (east), Pasco County (south).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Hernando County include Brooksville, Weeki Wachee.

Hernando County vital records can be found at the Florida Office of Vital Records which has copies of Birth & Deaths reported 1917 to present and Divorce & Marriages since June 6, 1927. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Florida for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Hernando County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Florida Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Hernando County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830 (as Florida Territory), 1840 (as Florida Territory), 1850, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Hernando Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hernando Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hernando Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Hernando Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • This county suffered little from any of Florida's wars.
  • It contains the famous Chinsegut Hill wild life refuge and forest experimentation area.
  • Hernando News, newspaper, was founded in 1876. Brooksville incorporated October 7, 1880.

Hernando County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Hernando County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Hernando County Courthouse and Government Records

Hernando County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Hernando County court, probate, and land documents as a source of family history and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Florida courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Florida residents.

The chances are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of factors of their lives in the Hernando County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The below facts shows what death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records are usually in Hernando County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Courthouse destroyed by fire in 1877

Make sure you call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details before visiting or inquiring about information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of employees will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to undertake the researching.
  • Hernando County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 20 North Main Street, Room 130, Brooksville, FL 34601
  • Hernando County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
    • Phone: (352) 754-4201
    • Marriage Records: 1900
    • Land Records: 1878
    • Probate Records: 1900 
    • Court Records: 1877
  • Hernando County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
  • Hernando County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.

Hernando County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Hernando County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is just a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Hernando County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Hernando Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hernando Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hernando Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hernando Co. FL Census Records

Hernando Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hernando Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Hernando Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hernando Co. FL General and History Websites

Hernando Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Hernando Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hernando Co. FL Military Records

Hernando Co. FL Schools & Directories

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