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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Florida]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Sumter_County,_Florida|Sumter County]]''
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Florida]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Sumter County, Florida|Sumter County]]''
  
Guide to '''Sumter County Florida genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Sumter 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
{{FLDC}}  
 
 
 
{{Infobox U.S. County
 
 
| county = Sumter County
 
| county = Sumter County
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption FLGenWeb Project
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption FLGenWeb Project
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| founded year = 1853
 
| founded year = 1853
 
| founded date = January 8
 
| founded date = January 8
| seat wl = Bushnell
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| seat = [[Bushnell, Florida|Bushnell]]
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| building image = Florida Sumter Courthouse.jpg
 
}}  
 
}}  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Sumter 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" | '''[[Sumter County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Florida Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Florida Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Sumter County, Florida Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Sumter County, Florida Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1853
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1854
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://sumtercountyfl.gov/index.aspx?nid=235 Sumter County Courthouse]<br>209 N Florida Street<br>Bushnell, FL 33513-9402<br>Phone: 352.793.0200  
 
[http://sumtercountyfl.gov/index.aspx?nid=235 Sumter County Courthouse]<br>209 N Florida Street<br>Bushnell, FL 33513-9402<br>Phone: 352.793.0200  
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Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and land records from 1853,<br>probate records&nbsp;from 1856, divorce records from 1900, <br>court records from 1913 and&nbsp;delayed birth records 1943-1972. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sumter County, Florida Page 137 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and land records from 1853,<br>probate records&nbsp;from 1856, divorce records from 1900, <br>court records from 1913 and&nbsp;delayed birth records 1943-1972. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sumter County, Florida Page 137 {{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  ====
  
'''1853--'''Sumter County was created 8 January 1853&nbsp;from [[Marion County, Florida|Marion]] County.<br>'''County seat:''' Bushnell <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1853--'''Sumter County was created 8 January 1853&nbsp;from [[Marion County, Florida Genealogy|Marion]] County.<br>'''County seat:''' Bushnell <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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A courthouse fire in 1924 destroyed records.{{cn}}
  
 
==== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ====
 
==== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ====
  
*[[Citrus County, Florida|Citrus]]  
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*[[Citrus County, Florida Genealogy|Citrus]]  
*[[Hernando County, Florida|Hernando]]  
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*[[Hernando County, Florida Genealogy|Hernando]]  
*[[Lake County, Florida|Lake]]  
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*[[Lake County, Florida Genealogy|Lake]]  
*[[Marion County, Florida|Marion]]  
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*[[Marion County, Florida Genealogy|Marion]]  
*[[Pasco County, Florida|Pasco]]  
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*[[Pasco County, Florida Genealogy|Pasco]]  
*[[Polk County, Florida|Polk]]
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*[[Polk County, Florida Genealogy|Polk]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/FL/Florida.html Florida African American Griots Project]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/FL/Florida.html USGenWeb] Florida African American Griots Project  
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Ancestored Genealogy
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/ Afrigeneas] - African Genealogy
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/florida/florida.htm Florida Tombstone Transcription Project]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/fl/ Interment.net] - Florida cemetery records by County
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{| width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="6" border="1"
*[http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/listcem.asp#FL Veterans Administration National Cemeteries] - Florida National Cemeteries
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147927 Florida National Cemetery, Sumter South, Sumter County] BillionGraves
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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=375&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|499743|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=375 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://fl-genweb.org/sumter/Cemeteries.html FLGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Sumter+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=Sumter&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/fl/sumter/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/sumter.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" | [http://floridagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=60 Florida Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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==== 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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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1821west.txt 1821 Census/Tax List Index]&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/1823west.txt 1823 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/1880afri.txt 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*'''1823''' Census/Tax List Index [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1823west.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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*'''1880''' Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/1880afri.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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*Federal Census Information from National Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/federal.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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*State Census Information from Florida State Archives [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/statefla.txt USGenWeb]
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/census/pencensus.txt Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service]&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]
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{FL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Immigration  ====
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[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=GP44 NARA Ships Passenger Lists]
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These passenger lists cover:<br>
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'''1834 - 1897''' Immigration of Russians to the United States<br>
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'''1/12/1846 -12/31/1851''' Irish Famine<br>
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'''1850 - 1897''' Germans to the United States<br>
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'''1855 - 1900''' Italians to the United States
  
 
==== 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:Flsumter.png|400px|Flsumter.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]
  
 
==== 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  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library]
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{{FL Newspaper abstracts|Sumter}}
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*Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library [http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt USGenWeb]
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html U.S. Hidden Ancestors] Obituaries 
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/fl/obitsfl.htm USGenWeb Obituaries Project] Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties
  
*[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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==== 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}}
  
 
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives]
 
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives]
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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
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== 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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'''The Villages Genealogical Society'''<br> 2063 Duval Court<br> The Villages, FL 32162<br> 352 750-4004<br> Fax: (352) 753-6372<br> Email: [mailto:info@vgsfl.org info@vgsfl.org]<br> [http://vgsfl.org/ Website]  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhc/frameset_fhc.asp Florida Family History Centers]  
 
*[http://www.myfloridahistory.org/ Florida Historical Society]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flsgs/ Florida State Genealogical Society]
 
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/sumter-county/ Sumter 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/a/flgenweb.net/sumter/ Sumter County FLGenWeb]  
 
*[http://sites.google.com/a/flgenweb.net/sumter/ Sumter 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+Sumter|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Florida%2C+Sumter|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/Sumter/ Sumter County, Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/Sumter/ Sumter County, Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://fl-genweb.org/sumter/ Sumter County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc.]
 
*[http://fl-genweb.org/sumter/ Sumter County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc.]
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
<references />{{Florida|Florida}}  
 
<references />{{Florida|Florida}}  
  
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[[Category:Florida Counties]] [[Category:Sumter_County,_Florida]]

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

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Sumter County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Facts
Founded January 8, 1853
County Seat Bushnell
Courthouse
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County Information

Sumter County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1830 1854 1856

County Courthouse

Sumter County Courthouse
209 N Florida Street
Bushnell, FL 33513-9402
Phone: 352.793.0200

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and land records from 1853,
probate records from 1856, divorce records from 1900,
court records from 1913 and delayed birth records 1943-1972. [2]

History

Parent County

1853--Sumter County was created 8 January 1853 from Marion County.
County seat: Bushnell [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

A courthouse fire in 1924 destroyed records.[citation needed]


Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

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
Florida Gravestones
Billion Graves

Census

For tips on accessing Sumter 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

Immigration

NARA Ships Passenger Lists These passenger lists cover:
1834 - 1897 Immigration of Russians to the United States
1/12/1846 -12/31/1851 Irish Famine
1850 - 1897 Germans to the United States
1855 - 1900 Italians to the United States

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 Sumter 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 Sumter County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb

Obituaries

Probate

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

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

Societies and Libraries

The Villages Genealogical Society
2063 Duval Court
The Villages, FL 32162
352 750-4004
Fax: (352) 753-6372
Email: info@vgsfl.org
Website

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), Sumter County, Florida Page 137 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).