Lafayette County, Florida

Lafayette County

Lafayette County was created on December 23, 1856 from Madison County. This county was named for Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), French aristocrat and general in the American Revolutionary War.

The Lafayette County Seat is located in Mayo also, the county government website is www.uflib.ufl.edu/fefdl/counties/lafayette.html.

Areas bordering to Lafayette County are Suwannee County (east), Gilchrist County (southeast), Dixie County (south), Taylor County (west), Madison County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Lafayette County include Mayo.

Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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.

Lafayette 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.

Lafayette Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lafayette Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lafayette 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.

Lafayette Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • DeSoto's party, in 1539, encountered fierce opposition from the Indians occupying this region.
  • There was considerable fighting.during the Seminole War and Forts McComb, Barker and Downing were erected to control the savages.
  • Florida's largest unworked phosphate beds are in Lafayette County.
  • J. N. Kreminger, former Speaker of the Florida House, murdered at New Troy, October 5, 1871.

Lafayette County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Lafayette County Courthouse and Government Records


Lafayette County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Lafayette 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.


Old Lafayette County Courthouse

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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Courthouse caught fire on New Year’s Eve, 1892, apparently the result of a drunken prank.

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.
  • Lafayette County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 88, Mayo, FL 32066 or 120 West Main Street, Mayo, FL 32066
  • Lafayette 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: (386) 294-1600 ext. 4230
    • Marriage Records: 1857
    • Land Records: 1873
    • Probate Records: 1838
    • Court Records: ?
  • Lafayette 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.
  • Lafayette 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.

Lafayette County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Lafayette 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 Lafayette County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Lafayette Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lafayette Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lafayette Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lafayette Co. FL Census Records

Lafayette Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lafayette Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Lafayette Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lafayette Co. FL General and History Websites

Lafayette Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Lafayette Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lafayette Co. FL Military Records

Lafayette Co. FL Schools & Directories

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