Osceola County, Florida

Osceola County

Osceola County was created on May 12, 1887 from Brevard County and Orange County. This county was named for Osceola (1804–1838), a leader of the Seminole during the Second Seminole War.

The Osceola County Seat is located in Kissimmee also, the county government website is www.osceola.org/.

Areas bordering to Osceola County are Orange County (north), Brevard County (northeast), Indian River County (east), Okeechobee County (southeast), Highlands County (south), Polk County (west), Lake County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Osceola County include Kissimmee, St. Cloud.

Osceola 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 Osceola 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.

Osceola County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Osceola Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Osceola Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • The region suffered from the Indian Wars and somewhat during the Civil War. It was not until after this struggle that cattlemen began to make it one of the two greatest cattle raising counties in Florida.
  • Disston Canals completed in 1885.
  • St. Cloud settled as Grand Army of the Republic colony in 1905.

Osceola County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Osceola County Courthouse and Government Records


Osceola County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Osceola 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 Osceola 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 Osceola 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 Osceola 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.
  • Osceola County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 2 Courthouse Square, Suite 2000, Kissimmee, FL 34741
  • Osceola 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) 742-3500
    • Marriage Records: 1887
    • Land Records: 1887
    • Probate Records: 1887 
    • Court Records: 1887
  • Osceola 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.
  • Osceola 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.

Osceola County Links

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

Osceola Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Osceola Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Osceola Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Osceola Co. FL Census Records

Osceola Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Osceola Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Osceola Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Osceola Co. FL General and History Websites

Osceola Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Osceola Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Osceola Co. FL Military Records

Osceola Co. FL Schools & Directories

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