Marion County, Florida
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Marion County

Marion County was created on March 14, 1844 from Alachua County and Mosquito County. This county was named for Francis Marion (c. 1732–1795), military officer during the American Revolution.

The Marion County Seat is located in Ocala also, the county government website is www.marioncountyfl.org/.

Areas bordering to Marion County are Putnam County (northeast), Volusia County (east), Lake County (southeast), Sumter County (south), Citrus County (southwest), Levy County (west), Alachua County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Marion County include Belleview, Dunnellon, McIntosh, Ocala, Reddick.

Marion 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 Marion 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.

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

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

Marion Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Wild orange groves attest the existence of early Spanish Missions in this region.
  • In 1708 an English expedition drove out most of the Indian inhabitants. Later on the section was made part of the Seminole Reservation with its agency at Fort King, near Ocala.
  • It was there that Osceola declared war on the whites.
  • Fort King was the original county seat but soon the government was moved to Ocala. Part of this county is included in a federal forest reservation.
  • Hard rock phosphate in Florida was first discovered in this county and it is still a great production region for the industry.
  • Silver Springs is one of natures greatest wonders and is visited yearly by thousands. Blue Springs is another attraction of note.
  • Hernando de Soto and his men passed through this section in the summer of 1539.
  • December 28, 1835, General Wiley Thompson, U. S. Seminole Indian agent, and Lieutenant Constantine Smith were shot from ambush by Osceola and a number of his Indian followers.

Marion County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Marion County Courthouse and Government Records


Marion County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Marion 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 Marion 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 following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Marion county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

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.
  • Marion County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 1030, Ocala, FL 34478 or 110 N. W. 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475
  • Marion 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) 671-5604
    • Marriage Records: 1844
    • Land Records: 1844
    • Probate Records: 1846 
    • Court Records: 1849
  • Marion 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.
  • Marion 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.

Marion County Links

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

Marion Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Marion Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Marion Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Marion Co. FL Census Records

Marion Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Marion Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Marion Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marion Co. FL General and History Websites

Marion Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Marion Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. FL Military Records

Marion Co. FL Schools & Directories

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