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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Florida]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Highlands County, Florida|Highlands County]]''
  
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Guide to '''Highlands County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
 
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{{Click|Image:FL_ORP.png|Florida Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
 
| county = Highlands County
 
| county = Highlands County
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption FLGenWeb Project
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption FLGenWeb Project
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| founded date = April 23
 
| founded date = April 23
 
| seat wl = Sebring
 
| seat wl = Sebring
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| building image = FloridaHighlandsCourthouse.jpg
 
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''[[United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]&nbsp; [[Florida]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]&nbsp; [[Highlands_County,_Florida|Highlands County]]''
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=== County Information  ===
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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==== Highlands County, Florida Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 123-139. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Highlands County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Highlands County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Highlands County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Highlands County, Florida Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Highlands County, Florida Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Highlands County, Florida Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1921
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1921
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://highlands-county.com/ Highlands County Courthouse]<br>590 S Commerce Avenue<br>Sebring, FL 33870<br>Phone 863.402.6565 <br>  
 
[http://highlands-county.com/ Highlands County Courthouse]<br>590 S Commerce Avenue<br>Sebring, FL 33870<br>Phone 863.402.6565 <br>  
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage,&nbsp;divorce, probate and land&nbsp;records from 1921. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Highlands County, Florida Page 134 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage,&nbsp;divorce, probate and land&nbsp;records from 1921. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Highlands County, Florida Page 134 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1921--'''Highlands County was created 23 April 1921&nbsp;from [[DeSoto County, Florida|DeSoto]] County.<br>'''County seat: '''Sebring <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1921--'''Highlands County was created 23 April 1921&nbsp;from [[DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy|DeSoto]] County.<br>'''County seat: '''Sebring <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps"] (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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<center>[[Charlotte County, Florida Genealogy|Charlotte]]{{•}} [[DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy|DeSoto]]{{•}} [[Glades County, Florida Genealogy|Glades]]{{•}} [[Hardee County, Florida Genealogy|Hardee]]{{•}} [[Okeechobee County, Florida Genealogy|Okeechobee]]{{•}} [[Osceola County, Florida Genealogy|Osceola]]{{•}} [[Polk County, Florida Genealogy|Polk]]</center> <center>{{FLHighlands County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Charlotte County, Florida|Charlotte]]  
 
*[[DeSoto County, Florida|DeSoto]]  
 
*[[Glades County, Florida|Glades]]  
 
*[[Hardee County, Florida|Hardee]]  
 
*[[Okeechobee County, Florida|Okeechobee]]  
 
*[[Osceola County, Florida|Osceola]]  
 
*[[Polk County, Florida|Polk]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== African American ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/FL/Florida.html USGenWeb] Florida African American Griots Project
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Genealogy
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/FL/Florida.html Florida African American Griots Project]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb
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==== Cemeteries  ====
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
 
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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{| width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=11&GScnty=318&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|779921|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=11&CScnty=318 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://fl-genweb.org/bay/cems/index.html FLGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Bay+Florida&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Florida&county=Bay&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/fl/bay/cemetery.html FLGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/fl/ Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/florida/bay.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/listcem.asp#FL Veterans Administration National Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/florida/florida.htm Florida Tombstone Transcription Project]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/fl/ Interment.net] - Florida cemetery records by County
 
*[http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/listcem.asp#FL Veterans Administration National Cemeteries] - Florida National Cemeteries
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Florida}}  
 
{{Census|Florida}}  
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1783.txt 1783 Spanish Census]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*'''1783''' Spanish Census [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1783.txt USGenWeb]  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1821west.txt 1821 Census/Tax List Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*'''1821''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1821west.txt USGenWeb] 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1823west.txt 1823 Census/Tax List Index]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*'''1823''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1823west.txt USGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1880afri.txt 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*'''1880''' Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1880afri.txt USGenWeb]
*{{RecordSearch|1457854|1885 Florida State Population Census}} Includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, manufacture and mortality.
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*Federal Census Information from National Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/federal.txt USGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/federal.txt Federal Census Information from National Archives]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*State Census Information from Florida State Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/statefla.txt USGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/statefla.txt State Census Information from Florida State Archives]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/pencensus.txt USGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/pencensus.txt Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
 
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{FL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{FL Land}}
  
 
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/land/nara0233.txt Florida Territorial Land Records]  
 
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/land/nara0233.txt Florida Territorial Land Records]  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{FL History}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1870gray.gif 1870 Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of State] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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[[Image:Flhighlands.png|400px|Flhighlands.png]]
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1882rand.gif 1882 Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of State]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/index.htm Exploring Florida, FCIT Maps, University of South Florida]
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*'''1821-1997''' [http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ Maps of Florida]
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*'''1870''' Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of State[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1870gray.gif USGenWeb]
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*'''1882''' Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of State[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1882rand.gif USGenWeb]
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*Exploring Florida, FCIT Maps [http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/index.htm University of South Florida]
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/toc/militarystate.html Florida State Military Files&nbsp;] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*Florida State Military Files [http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/toc/militarystate.html USGenWeb]  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/pensions/ Pension Transcriptions]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Florida state pension records from various wars&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Pension Project
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*Florida state pension records from various wars [http://usgwarchives.net/pensions/ Pension Transcriptions USGenWeb]
*[http://distantcousin.com/Military/Korea/FL/ Florida Casualties in the Korean Conflict]
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*[http://distantcousin.com/Military/Vietnam/FL/ Florida Casualties in the Vietnam War]
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===== Civil War =====
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932369|Florida Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932395|Florida Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1885-1955''' - {{RecordSearch|1913411|Florida Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1955}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images only
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===== Korean War =====
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*Florida Casualties in the Korean Conflict [http://distantcousin.com/Military/Korea/FL/ distantcousin.com]
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===== Vietnam War =====
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*Florida Casualties in the Vietnam War [http://distantcousin.com/Military/Vietnam/FL/ distantcousin.com]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{FL Newspaper abstracts|Highlands}}
  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library]
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/fl/obitsfl.htm Florida Obituaries]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties -&nbsp; USGenWeb Obituaries Project
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*Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt USGenWeb]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{FL Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1784 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2046765| FamilySearch}} Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
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*'''1810 – 1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8993 Ancestry.com $] Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974
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*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives $]
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{FL Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
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{{FL Vital Intro}}
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===== Birth Records  =====
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*'''1880 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1674799| FamilySearch}} Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935
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===== Death Records  =====
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*'''1877 - 1939''' {{RecordSearch|1595003| FamilySearch}} Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939
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*'''1900 - 1921''' {{RecordSearch|1674803| FamilySearch}} Florida, Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921
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*'''1877 - 1998''' {{RecordSearch|1946805| FamilySearch}} Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998
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===== Divorce Records  =====
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*'''1927 - 2001''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8837 Ancestry.com $] Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001
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===== Marriage Records  =====
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*'''1837 - 1974''' {{RecordSearch|1674804| FamilySearch}} Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974
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*'''1830 - 1993''' {{RecordSearch|1803936| FamilySearch }} Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993
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*'''1822 - 1875 and 1927 - 2001''' {{RecordSearch|1949340| FamilySearch}} Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001
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===== Marriage Records  =====
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*1837 - 1974 {{RecordSearch|1674804|Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1830 - 1993 {{RecordSearch|1803936|Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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*1822 - 1875 and 1927 - 2001 {{RecordSearch|1949340|Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
 
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives]
 
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-FL-001.html Florida State Historical Societies]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Listing by County
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'''Sebring Historical Society'''<br>321 W Center Ave<br>Sebring, FL 33870<br>Telephone Number: 863-471-2522<br>[http://www.sebringhistoricalsociety.com/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Highlands County Genealogical Society'''<br> c/o Lake Placid Library<br> 47 Park Dr.<br> Lake Placid, FL 33852<br>
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'''Highlands County Historical Society'''<br>430 S. Commerce Ave<br>Sebring 33870<br><br>
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/fl-society-archive/ Random Acts of Kindness] List of Florida Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical Genealogical Societies
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhc/frameset_fhc.asp FamilySearch] Find a Family History Center
 
*[http://www.myfloridahistory.org/ Florida Historical Society]  
 
*[http://www.myfloridahistory.org/ Florida Historical Society]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flsgs/ Florida State Genealogical Society]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flsgs/ Florida State Genealogical Society]
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Sebring Florida Family History Center]]
 
*[[Sebring Florida Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/highlands-county/ Highlands County, FL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109469224279413660242 Florida Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208192675888750/ Florida Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://sites.google.com/site/highlandsco/ Highlands County FLGenWeb]  
 
*[http://sites.google.com/site/highlandsco/ Highlands County FLGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.myflorida.com/ State of Florida]  
 
*[http://www.myflorida.com/ State of Florida]  
 
*[http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Florida%2C+Highlands|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Florida%2C+Highlands|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/Highlands/ Highlands County, Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/Highlands/ Highlands County, Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.fl-genweb.org/west/highlands/index.html Highlands County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc]
 
*[http://www.fl-genweb.org/west/highlands/index.html Highlands County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc]
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
<references />{{Florida|Florida}}  
 
<references />{{Florida|Florida}}  
  
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[[Category:Florida Counties]] [[Category:Highlands_County,_Florida]]

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Guide to Highlands County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Highlands County, Florida
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County Seat Sebring
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County Information

Highlands County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1921 1830 1921 1921

County Courthouse

Highlands County Courthouse
590 S Commerce Avenue
Sebring, FL 33870
Phone 863.402.6565

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate and land records from 1921. [2]

History

Parent County

1921--Highlands County was created 23 April 1921 from DeSoto County.
County seat: Sebring [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Charlotte • DeSoto • Glades • Hardee • Okeechobee • Osceola • Polk
Pasco CountySumter CountyLake CountyOrange CountyBrevard CountyHillsborough CountyPolk CountyOsceola CountyIndian River CountyManatee CountyHardee CountyDeSoto CountySarasota CountyHighlands CountyOkeechobee CountySt. Lucie CountyMartin CountyCharlotte CountyGlades CountyLee CountyHendry CountyPalm Beach CountyFL Highlands.jpg

Resources

Cemeteries


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
FLGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
FLGenWeb Archives Interment.net
Tombstone Project Veterans Administration National Cemeteries
Billion Graves


Census

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

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

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.

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Highlands 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

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Military

Civil War
Korean War
Vietnam War

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Probate

Probate records are held by the Highlands County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Highlands County, Florida Genealogy Courthouse. 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.

Online Probate Records

  • 1784 – 1990 FamilySearch Florida Probate Records 1784-1990
  • 1810 – 1974 Ancestry.com $ Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974

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.

Birth Records
  • 1880 - 1935 FamilySearch Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records
  • 1837 - 1974 FamilySearch Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974
  • 1830 - 1993 FamilySearch Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993
  • 1822 - 1875 and 1927 - 2001 FamilySearch Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Sebring Historical Society
321 W Center Ave
Sebring, FL 33870
Telephone Number: 863-471-2522
Website

Highlands County Genealogical Society
c/o Lake Placid Library
47 Park Dr.
Lake Placid, FL 33852

Highlands County Historical Society
430 S. Commerce Ave
Sebring 33870


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Web Sites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 123-139. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Highlands County, Florida Page 134 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).