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Guide to Hernando County Florida genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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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]

History

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

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

Court

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Hernando County, Florida Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hernando County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

Probate records are held by the Hernando County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Hernando County, Florida Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990. See the wiki page Florida Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Taxation

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online. See also How to order Florida Vital Records

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Florida.

Societies and Libraries 

Hernando Heritage Museum May -  Stringer House

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Refrences

  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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