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Volusia County, Florida (Map It) was created on December 29, 1854 from Orange County. Volusia County was named for the port of Volusia, whose etymology is uncertain; possibly derived from the Native American word for "Land of the Euchees," the term for the area's native inhabitants. Learn More About State of Florida History
Volusia County is bordered by Flagler County (north), Brevard County (south), Orange County (south), Seminole County (southwest), Lake County (west), Marion County (northwest), Putnam County (northwest).
Volusia County Cities and Towns include Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, DeLand, Deltona, Edgewater, Holly Hill, Lake Helen, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Pierson, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange, South Daytona.
A Map of Volusia County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Volusia Co. Historical Events:
- Ponce de Leon explored inland as far as the St. Johns River from his anchorage within Mosquito Inlet.
- There are ruins of an early Spanish fort and of Spanish Missions near New Smyrna Beach and Ormond. Dr. Turnbuls colony of Greeks, Minorcans and Italians was established at the former place in 1767, the name being taken from Smyrna, the birthplace of Turnbuls wife.
- The colony was broken up and most of the settlers moved to St. Augustine.
- During the Seminole wars a battle was fought near present Daytona Beach. The beach here has been noted as the racing course where world's speed records were set. De Leon Springs is a well known resort.
- Stetson University was founded in 1887. It was incorporated as De Land University, but in 1889 the name was changed to John B. Stetson University.
Volusia County, Florida Courthouse Records
Volusia County, FL Courthouse
Old Volusia County 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 Volusia 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.
- Volusia County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1856, Land Records from 1869, Probate Records from 1855 and Court Records from 1855. 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.
- Volusia 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.
- Volusia 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.
Volusia 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
Volusia 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 or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Volusia County, Florida Resources
- State of Florida Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Florida
- Volusia County Archives, 252 S. Beach St., Daytona Beach, FL 32014
- Volusia County Genealogical & Historical Society, P. O. Box 2039, Daytona Beach, FL 32015
- Genealogical Society of South Volusia County
- Roots & Branches Genealogical Society of West Volusia County
- Halifax Historical Society
- Halifax Genealogical Society
- Ormond Beach Historical Trust
- Volusia County, Florida Message Boards
- Volusia County, Florida Genealogy Forum
- Volusia County, Florida Mailing lists