Orange County, Florida Genealogy Guide

Orange County, Florida (Map It) was created on December 29, 1824 from Saint Johns County. Orange County was named for the fruit that was the county's main product. Learn More About State of Florida History

Orange County is bordered by Volusia County (northeast), Brevard County (east), Osceola County (south), Polk County (southwest), Seminole County (north), Lake County (west).

Orange County Cities and Towns include Apopka, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Bay Lake, Lake Buena Vista.

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

Orange Co. Historical Events:

  • Was originally called Mosquito County and embraced most of what are now Volusia, Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, Lake and Seminole Counties.
  • The region suffered greatly during the Seminole Wars.
  • The county name was changed in 1845 and after the Civil War ended, the Population: began to increase rapidly.
  • The great freeze of 1895 injured the county badly, but it began to build up again immediately.
  • Rollins College was opened in 1885 and has made Orange County a noted cultural center.
  • Orange County is Florida's second county in the production of oranges.
  • It possesses more than 1500 fresh water lakes.

Orange County, Florida Courthouse Records

Orange County, Florida Courthouse
Orange County, FL Courthouse

Old Orange County, Florida Courthouse
Old Orange County Courthouse

The Orange County Courthouse is located in Orlando, Florida. Courthouse was burned in 1868.  Most of the books and records were destroyed.  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 Orange 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.

  • Orange County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1869, Land Records from 1847, Probate Records from 1871 and Court Records from 1847. 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.
  • Orange 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.
  • Orange 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.

Orange County, Florida Census Records

Orange County, Florida Vital Records

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