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Highlands County, Florida Facts

Highlands County

When was Highlands County, FL Created?
Highlands County was created on April 23, 1921 from DeSoto County. This county was named for the county's hilly terrain.

What is the County Seat of Highlands County, FL?
The County Seat is located in Sebring also, the county government website is www.hcbcc.net/.

What counties are adjacent to Highlandss County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Osceola County (north), Okeechobee County (east), Glades County (south), Charlotte County (southwest), De Soto County (west), Hardee County (west), Polk County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Highlands County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid.


Highlands County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Highlands County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Highlands 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 Highlands 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 Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Highlands 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.


Highlands County, FL Census Records

What Highlands County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Highlands County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1930, 1940.

Highlands Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Highlands Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Highlands Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860.

There are Florida State censuses from 1867, 1875, 1885, 1935, 1945. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Florida Census Records Research Guide


Highlands County, FL Courthouse and Government Records


Highlands County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Highlands County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Highlands County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Florida Corthouse Records Research Guide.


Highlands County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Highlands County, FL?
A list of Highlands County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Florida Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Highlands County, FL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Highlands County, FL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Highlands 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.

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