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Hernando County, Florida
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Founded February 24, 1843
County Seat Brooksville
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County Courthouse

Hernando County Courthouse
 20 N Main St;
Brooksville FL 34601
Phone: 352.754.4201

Name changed to Benton 6 Mar 1844.
Name changed back to Hernando 24 Dec 1850.
Clerk County Court has marriage records.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate, court
and land records from 1877. [1]


Parent County

1843--Hernando County was created 24 February 1843 from Alachua County. The name changed to Benton 6 March 1844 and was renamed Hernando 24 December 1850.
County seat: Brooksville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1877 -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Hernando County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

The 1885 Florida State Population Census includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture and mortality.

1867 Florida State Population Census  First Census to enumerate Black Heads of Household




Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries 

Hernando Heritage Museum May -  Stringer House

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hernando County, Florida Page 134 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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