Volusia County, Florida

Volusia County

Volusia County was created on December 29, 1854 from Orange County. This county was named for the port of Volusia, whose etymology is uncertain; possibly derived from the Native American word for "Land of the Euchees," the term for the area's native inhabitants.

The Volusia County Seat is located in DeLand also, the county government website is www.volusia.org/.

Areas bordering to Volusia County are Flagler County (north), Brevard County (south), Orange County (south), Seminole County (southwest), Lake County (west), Marion County (northwest), Putnam County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Volusia County include Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater, Holly Hill, Lake Helen, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Pierson, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange, South Daytona.

Volusia 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 Volusia 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.

Volusia 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.

Volusia Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Volusia Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Volusia 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.

Volusia Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Ponce de Leon explored inland as far as the St. Johns River from his anchorage within Mosquito Inlet.
  • There are ruins of an early Spanish fort and of Spanish Missions near New Smyrna Beach and Ormond. Dr. Turnbuls colony of Greeks, Minorcans and Italians was established at the former place in 1767, the name being taken from Smyrna, the birthplace of Turnbuls wife.
  • The colony was broken up and most of the settlers moved to St. Augustine.
  • During the Seminole wars a battle was fought near present Daytona Beach. The beach here has been noted as the racing course where world's speed records were set. De Leon Springs is a well known resort.
  • Stetson University was founded in 1887. It was incorporated as De Land University, but in 1889 the name was changed to John B. Stetson University.

Volusia County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Volusia County Courthouse and Government Records


Volusia County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Volusia 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 Volusia 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 Volusia 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 Volusia 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.
  • Volusia County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 6043, Deland, FL 32721-6043 or 101 N. Alabama Ave., Deland, FL 32724
  • Volusia 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: (386) 822-5710 or (386) 736-5915
    • Marriage Records: 1856
    • Land Records: 1869
    • Probate Records: 1855 
    • Court Records: 1855
  • Volusia 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.
  • Volusia 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.

Volusia County Links

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

Volusia Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Volusia Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Volusia Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Volusia Co. FL Census Records

Volusia Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Volusia Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Volusia Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Volusia Co. FL General and History Websites

Volusia Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Volusia Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Volusia Co. FL Military Records

Volusia Co. FL Schools & Directories

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