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Orange County was created on December 29, 1824 from Saint Johns County (originally named Mosquito county after the name the Spanish had given the entire coast, "Los Mosquitos", renamed January 30, 1845) . This county was named for the fruit that was the county's main product.
Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Orange County include Apopka, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Bay Lake, Lake Buena Vista.
Orange 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 Orange 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.
Orange 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.
Orange Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Orange Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Orange 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.
Orange Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):
A list of Orange County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Courthouse was burned in 1868. Most of the books and records were destroyed.
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Orange 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 Orange County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.