Lakeland, Florida

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Lakeland was first settled in the 1870s and began to develop as the rail lines reached the area in 1884. It was incorporated 1 January 1885. The town was founded by Abraham Munn (a resident of Louisville, Kentucky), who purchased 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land in what is now downtown Lakeland in 1882 and platted the land for the town in 1884. Among the names considered (and rejected) for the town by its residents were Munnville, Red Bug and Rome City.



Archives and Libraries



Church History and Records


  • First Baptist (Southern Baptist Convention)
    A historic sketch: celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the First Baptist Church, Lakeland, Florida, 1885-1945 FHLC ▲ Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
    Minutes, membership 1897-1948 film 984366
    Minutes, membership 1948-1963 film 984367


  • St. David's Episcopal
    Church records, 1953-1993 FHLC
    Baptisms, burials, marriages, 1953-1993
    Communicants and confirmations
    St. David's history, May 16, 1953 - May 16, 1993


  • 1915-1916: Lakeland, with Auburndale, Bartow, Ft. Meade, Kathleen, Mulberry and Winter Haven film 2308585 Item 1
  • 1925: Bartow, with Auburndale, Babson Park, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry and Winter Haven film 2308573 Item 1
  • 1925: Winter Haven, with Auburndale, Babson Park, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland and Mulberry (R. L. Polk) film 2310371 Item 4 (note: there is no film break between Winter Haven and Bartow)
  • 1928: Bartow, with Auburndale, Fort Meade, Haines City, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Winter Haven and others film 2308573 Item 2



The Lakeland Ledger


Societies, Libraries and Museums

Bartow Historical Library, Bartow, Fl.

Lakeland Florida Family History Center



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