Lake County, Florida Genealogy Guide

Lake County, Florida (Map It) was created on May 13, 1887 from Orange County and Sumter County. Lake County was named for the many lakes in the region. Learn More About State of Florida History

Lake County is bordered by Volusia County (northeast), Orange County (east), Seminole County (east), Osceola County (southeast), Polk County (south), Sumter County (west), Marion County (northwest).

Lake County Cities and Towns include Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Mount Dora, Tavares, Umatilla, Astatula, Howey-in-the-Hills, Lady Lake, Montverde.

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

Lake Co. Historical Events:

  • Spaniards, in colonial days, introduced the orange to this region for American settlers resulting in wild orange groves in abundance.
  • Indian trouble continued until 1850 and real development did not come until after the Civil War.
  • Lake is the leading watermelon county of Florida and it also ranks high in citrus and grape production.
  • Hernando de Soto and his men passed through county July, 1539'. Leesburg founded 1866.
  • Florida Conference College predecessor of present Southern College was founded at Leesburg, 1887.

Lake County, Florida Courthouse Records

Lake County, Florida Courthouse
Lake County, FL Courthouse

Old Lake County, Florida Courthouse
Old Lake County Courthouse

The Lake County Courthouse is located in Tavares, 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 Lake 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.

  • Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1887, Land Records from 1887, Probate Records from 1887 and Court Records from ?. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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