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Marion County, Florida (Map It) was created on March 14, 1844 from Alachua County and Mosquito County. Marion County was named for Francis Marion (c. 1732–1795), military officer during the American Revolution. Learn More About State of Florida History
Marion County is bordered by Putnam County (northeast), Volusia County (east), Lake County (southeast), Sumter County (south), Citrus County (southwest), Levy County (west), Alachua County (northwest).
Marion County Cities and Towns include Belleview, Dunnellon, McIntosh, Ocala, Reddick.
A Map of Marion County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Marion Co. Historical Events:
- Wild orange groves attest the existence of early Spanish Missions in this region.
- In 1708 an English expedition drove out most of the Indian inhabitants. Later on the section was made part of the Seminole Reservation with its agency at Fort King, near Ocala.
- It was there that Osceola declared war on the whites.
- Fort King was the original county seat but soon the government was moved to Ocala. Part of this county is included in a federal forest reservation.
- Hard rock phosphate in Florida was first discovered in this county and it is still a great production region for the industry.
- Silver Springs is one of natures greatest wonders and is visited yearly by thousands. Blue Springs is another attraction of note.
- Hernando de Soto and his men passed through this section in the summer of 1539.
- December 28, 1835, General Wiley Thompson, U. S. Seminole Indian agent, and Lieutenant Constantine Smith were shot from ambush by Osceola and a number of his Indian followers.
Marion County, Florida Courthouse Records
Marion County, FL Courthouse
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 Marion 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.
- Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1844, Land Records from 1844, Probate Records from 1846 and Court Records from 1849. 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.
- Marion 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.
- Marion 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.
Marion County, Florida Census Records
- Learn More: State of Florida Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890
- State Population Schedules: 1867-1945, 1885
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Marion County, Florida Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Florida Vital Records
- Birth Records: from January 1917 to present.
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from June 6, 1927 to present.
- Death Records: from January 1917 to present.
- Locations: Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 210, 1217 Pearl Street (Zip 32202), Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042; PH (904) 359-6900 Ext. 1029.
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Marion County, Florida Resources
- State of Florida Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Florida
- Marion County Historical Society
- Genealogy Club of Oak Run
- Marion County, Florida Message Boards
- Marion County, Florida Genealogy Forum
- Marion County, Florida Mailing lists