Highlands County, Florida Genealogy Guide

Highlands County, Florida (Map It) was created on April 23, 1921 from DeSoto County. Highlands County was named for the county's hilly terrain. Learn More About State of Florida History

Highlands County is bordered by Osceola County (north), Okeechobee County (east), Glades County (south), Charlotte County (southwest), De Soto County (west), Hardee County (west), Polk County (northwest).

Highlands County Cities and Towns include Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid.

A Map of Highlands County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Highlands Co. Historical Events:

  • This county lies in the beautiful rolling hill and lake section of Florida.
  • Through influence of the great Librarian, Melvil Dewey, name of Lake Stearns (incorporated December 1, 1925) was changed to Lake Placid and under that name incorporated June 6, 1927.

Highlands County, Florida Courthouse Records

Highlands County, Florida Courthouse
Highlands County, FL Courthouse

The Highlands County Courthouse is located in Sebring, Florida. Learn More About State of Florida Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Highlands 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.

  • Highlands County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1921, Land Records from 1921, Probate Records from 1921 and Court Records from 1921. The 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.
  • Highlands 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.
  • Highlands 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.

Highlands County, Florida Census Records

  • Learn More: State of Florida Census Records
  • U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1930, 1940
  • U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: None
  • State Population Schedules: 1867-1945
  • U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: None
  • U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: None
  • Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: None
  • Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: None
  • Union Veterans Schedules: None

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