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Lafayette County, Florida Facts

When was Lafayette County, FL Created?
Lafayette County was created on December 23, 1856 from Madison County. This county was named for Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), French aristocrat and general in the American Revolutionary War.

What is the County Seat of Lafayette County, FL?
The County Seat is located in Mayo also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Lafayettes County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Suwannee CountyGilchrist CountyDixie CountyTaylor CountyMadison County.

What cities and towns are in Lafayette County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Mayo.

Lafayette County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Lafayette County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lafayette 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 Lafayette County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Florida Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Lafayette 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.

Lafayette County, FL Census Records

What Lafayette County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lafayette County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830 (as Florida Territory), 1840 (as Florida Territory), 18501850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Lafayette Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lafayette Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lafayette Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860.

There are Florida State censuses from 1867, 1875, 1885, 1935, 1945. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Florida Census Records Research Guide

Lafayette County, FL Courthouse and Government Records

Lafayette County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lafayette County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lafayette County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Florida Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Old Lafayette County Courthouse
  • Lafayette County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 88, Mayo, FL 32066 or 120 West Main Street, Mayo, FL 32066
  • Lafayette 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) 294-1600 ext. 4230
    • Marriage Records: 1857
    • Land Records: 1873
    • Probate Records: 1838
    • Court Records: ?
  • Lafayette 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.
  • Florida Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Lafayette County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lafayette County, FL?
A list of Lafayette County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Florida Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Lafayette County, FL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Lafayette County, FL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lafayette 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.

Lafayette Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lafayette Co. FL Cemeteries & Church Records

Lafayette Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lafayette Co. FL General and History Websites

Lafayette Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Lafayette Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lafayette Co. FL Military Records

Lafayette Co. FL Schools & Directories