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Sumter County, Florida (Map It) was created on January 8, 1853 from Marion County. Sumter County was named for Thomas Sumter (1734–1832), general in the American Revolution. Learn More About State of Florida History
Sumter County Cities and Towns include Bushnell, Center Hill, Coleman, Webster, Wildwood.
A Map of Sumter County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Sumter Co. Historical Events:
- This county was very sparsely settled until after the close of the Seminole Wars.
- It was here, near Bushnell, that the command of Major Dade was massacred by Indians in 1835.
- The Dade Memorial Park commemorates their sacrifice.
Sumter County, Florida Courthouse Records
Sumter 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 Sumter 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.
- Sumter County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1853, Land Records from 1854, Probate Records from 1856 and Court Records from 1853. 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.
- Sumter 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.
- Sumter 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.
Sumter County, Florida Census Records
- Learn More: State of Florida Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 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: 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Sumter 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.
Sumter County, Florida Resources
- State of Florida Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Florida
- Sumter County Historical Society
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- Sumter County, Florida Genealogy Forum
- Sumter County, Florida Mailing lists