Okeechobee County, Florida
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Okeechobee County

Okeechobee County was created on May 8, 1917 from Osceola County, Palm Beach County and St. Lucie County. This county was named for Lake Okeechobee, which was in turn is from the Hitchiti words for "big water".

The Okeechobee County Seat is located in Okeechobee also, the county government website is www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/.

Areas bordering to Okeechobee County are Indian River County (northeast), Martin County (east), St. Lucie County (east), Palm Beach County (southeast), Glades County (southwest), Hendry County (southwest), Highlands County (west), Polk County (northwest), Osceola County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Okeechobee County include Okeechobee.

Okeechobee 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 Okeechobee 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.

Okeechobee County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1920, 1930, 1940.

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Okeechobee Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • It was the scene of much Indian fighting from 1835 to 1842 and the fiercest battle of the war was fought near Okeechobee City in 1837.
  • The county suffered severely from the hurricane of 1928. It is a great truck growing region. It was once quite a lumbering section.

Okeechobee County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Okeechobee County Courthouse and Government Records


Okeechobee County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Okeechobee 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 Okeechobee 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 Okeechobee 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 Okeechobee 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.
  • Okeechobee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee, FL 34972
  • Okeechobee 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: (863) 763-2131
    • Marriage Records: 1925
    • Land Records: 1887
    • Probate Records: 1917 
    • Court Records: 1917
  • Okeechobee 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.
  • Okeechobee 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.

Okeechobee County Links

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

Okeechobee Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Okeechobee Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Okeechobee Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Okeechobee Co. FL Census Records

Okeechobee Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Okeechobee Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Okeechobee Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Okeechobee Co. FL General and History Websites

Okeechobee Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Okeechobee Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Okeechobee Co. FL Military Records

Okeechobee Co. FL Schools & Directories

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