Lake County Marriage Books


    Lake County was formed under an act of the Florida State Legislature of May 27th, 1887 from portions of Sumter and Orange Counties. 

     Long before the formation of Lake County, settlers were coming and developing the area.  The first settlement was in the area which is now Leesburg.

     Lake County is located in the central part of the state, and was so named for its numerous lakes.  At the time the county was created, there were over 1400 named lakes within its boundaries.  Its area is 953.1 square miles, with 200 square miles of lakes, and has sandy and clay soil.

     The population in Lake County grew steadily, while the advent of the railroad brought many people into the country from the world at large.  Many from England settled in the county.  In 1890, the first census was collected and there were 8,034 people in the county.  Then the Big Freeze of 1894-1895 discouraged many families, and people began to drift away.  The population in 1900 was 7,467, in 1910 was 8,509, and in 1920 was 12,744.

This index was transcribed by Glorianne Fahs <>.

Copyright 2003 by Glorianne Fahs  <>


Transcriber's notes:

    Marriage License Book 1 begins with the first marriage in the new Lake County dated 18 August 1887.  This index provides the names of the groom and bride, the date of marriage, and page number in Book 1.  In the official record you will also find the license date, name of the person performing the ceremony and other data. 

Description of columns in the index:

1.  Husband, surname followed by given name and/or initials.
2.  Wife, surname followed by given name and/or initials.
      She was a "miss", unless indicated by (Mrs).
3.  Date of marriage.
4.  Page number in Marriage Book 1.

    Two records appear on each page of the Marriage Book. While transcribing, utmost care was taken to copy the spellings exactly as recorded.  However, this may not have been the "correct" spelling in all cases.  Difficult to read names were compared with cemetery readings and other indexes of names of persons in the county.

    It seemed to have been fashionable during this time period for the men to use their initials, rather than their given names.  In an effort to better identify the husband, this transcriber has searched county, cemetery and census records for given names.  It is hoped that this will be helpful to researchers.

Some anomalia:

    1. The second record on p. 273 was blank.

    2. One man, Robert A. Payne, appears to have two wives because the license was issued in one name and the certification had another name for the bride.  So both names appear in the index, i.e., Mary Ann Dickerson and Mary Ann Davis. (see page 278)

    3. One record, for Hence Huff and Maggie Summers, on page 425 contained license information only, not a marriage return.

    The original bound book is no longer available.  However, it is available on microfilm at the Lake County Public Records Facility, 122 East Main St., Tavares, FL 32778; telephone (352) 253-2600.  The hours of the facility are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Most county court records are available on microfilm at this location. 

    To obtain a copy of a marriage record listed in this index, use the Official Records Order Form (see example in Appendix B); download form as a pdf file (25k) from Lake County Government at  This document is to be used by non-commercial entities only to request copies and/or certified copies of documents from the Official Records Books. After printing and legibly completing this form, it must be mailed to Clerk of the Circuit Court, Recording Department, P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778, along with a check or money order made payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Copies are $1.00 per page and $1.00 per document to certify (if certification is requested). There is also a postage and handling charge of $1.00.  (from Lake County Clerk of Courts website)

    Lake Co Marriage Book 1          
               Brides  Grooms 
                Lake Co Marriage Book 2
                        Brides    Grooms

 Sumter Marriages 1853-1875

Brides and Grooms

Later Marriages

Brides     Grooms

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