Orange County, Florida
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Orange County

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.

The Orange County Seat is located in Orlando also, the county government website is www.orangecountyfl.net/.

Areas bordering to Orange County are Volusia County (northeast), Brevard County (east), Osceola County (south), Polk County (southwest), Seminole County (north), Lake County (west).

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):

  • Was originally called Mosquito County and embraced most of what are now Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, Lake and Seminole Counties.
  • The region suffered greatly during the Seminole Wars.
  • The county name was changed in 1845 and after the Civil War ended, the Population: began to increase rapidly.
  • The great freeze of 1895 injured the county badly, but it began to build up again immediately.
  • Rollins College was opened in 1885 and has made Orange County a noted cultural center.
  • Orange County is Florida's second county in the production of oranges.
  • It possesses more than 1500 fresh water lakes.

Orange County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Orange County Courthouse and Government Records


Orange County Courthouse

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.


Old Orange 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 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. 

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.
  • Orange County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 4994, Orlando, FL 32802-4994 or 425 N. Orange Ave., Suite 2110, Orlando, FL 32801
  • Orange 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: (407) 836-2000
    • Marriage Records: 1869
    • Land Records: 1847
    • Probate Records: 1871 
    • Court Records: 1847
  • Orange 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.
  • Orange 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.

Orange County Links

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.

Orange Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Orange Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Orange Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Orange Co. FL Census Records

Orange Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Orange Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Orange Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Orange Co. FL General and History Websites

Orange Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Orange Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Orange Co. FL Military Records

Orange Co. FL Schools & Directories

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