Sumter County, Florida
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Sumter County

Sumter County was created on January 8, 1853 from Marion County. This county was named for Thomas Sumter (1734–1832), general in the American Revolution.

The Sumter County Seat is located in Bushnell also, the county government website is sumtercountyfl.gov/.

Areas bordering to Sumter County are Marion County (north), Lake County (east), Polk County (southeast), Pasco County (southwest), Citrus County (west), Hernando County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Sumter County include Bushnell, Center Hill, Coleman, Webster, Wildwood.

Sumter 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 Sumter 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.

Sumter County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Sumter Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Sumter Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Sumter Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Sumter Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • This county was very sparsely settled until after the close of the Seminole Wars.
  • It was here, near Bushnell, that the command of Major Dade was massacred by Indians in 1835.
  • The Dade Memorial Park commemorates their sacrifice.

Sumter County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Sumter County Courthouse and Government Records


Sumter County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Sumter 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 Sumter 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 Sumter 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.

  • Sumter County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 2587, Bushnell, FL 33513 or 215 E. McCollum Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513
  • Sumter 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: (352) 569-6600
    • Marriage Records: 1853
    • Land Records: 1854
    • Probate Records: 1856 
    • Court Records: 1853
  • Sumter 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.
  • Sumter 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.

Sumter County Links

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

Sumter Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sumter Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Sumter Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Sumter Co. FL Census Records

Sumter Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Sumter Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Sumter Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Sumter Co. FL General and History Websites

Sumter Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Sumter Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sumter Co. FL Military Records

Sumter Co. FL Schools & Directories

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