Search For Your Ancestors

Lake County, Florida
Genealogy, History & Facts

Lake County, Florida Facts

When was Lake County, FL Created?
Lake County was created on May 13, 1887 from Orange County and Sumter County. This county was named for the many lakes in the region.

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

What counties are adjacent to Lakes County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Volusia CountyOrange CountySeminole CountyOsceola CountyPolk CountySumter CountyMarion County.

What cities and towns are in Lake County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Mount Dora, Tavares, Umatilla, Astatula, Howey-in-the-Hills, Lady Lake, Montverde.

Lake County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Lake County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lake 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 Lake 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 Lake 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.

Lake County, FL Census Records

What Lake County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lake County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Lake Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

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

Lake County, FL Courthouse and Government Records

Lake County Courthouse

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

Old Lake County Courthouse
  • Lake County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778-7800 or 550 West Main Street, Tavares, FL 32778-3115
  • Lake 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) 742-4100
    • Marriage Records: 1887
    • Land Records: 1887
    • Probate Records: 1887
    • Court Records: ?
  • Lake 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

Lake County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lake Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lake Co. FL Cemeteries & Church Records

Lake Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lake Co. FL General and History Websites

Lake Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Lake Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lake Co. FL Military Records

Lake Co. FL Schools & Directories