Seminole County, Florida

Seminole County

Seminole County was created on April 25, 1913 from Orange County. This county was named for the Seminole Native American tribe.

The Seminole County Seat is located in Sanford also, the county government website is www.seminolecountyfl.gov/.

Areas bordering to Seminole County are Brevard County (southeast), Volusia County (north / east), Orange County (west / south), Lake County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Seminole County include Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, Winter Springs.

Seminole 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 Seminole 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.

Seminole 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.

Seminole Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • There were few settlers prior to the Civil War but an extensive settlement was made at Sanford in 1870.
  • It is the head of navigation of the great St. Johns River.
  • This county was named for the Seminole Indians and Sanford, the county seat, was named for Gen. Henry S. Sanford, a pioneer developer of that county.
  • Battle of Fort Mellon, an engagement of Seminole War, February 8, 1837.
  • Railroad built from Sanford to Orlando in 1880.

Seminole County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Seminole County Courthouse and Government Records


Seminole County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Seminole 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 Seminole 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 Seminole 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.
  • Seminole County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 8099, Sanford, FL 32772-8099 or 301 N. Park Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771-1243
  • Seminole 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) 665-4330
    • Marriage Records: 1913
    • Land Records: 1913
    • Probate Records: 1913 
    • Court Records: 1913
  • Seminole 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.
  • Seminole 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.

Seminole County Links

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

Seminole Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Seminole Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Seminole Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Seminole Co. FL Census Records

Seminole Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Seminole Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Seminole Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Seminole Co. FL General and History Websites

Seminole Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Seminole Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Seminole Co. FL Military Records

Seminole Co. FL Schools & Directories

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