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Seminole County, Florida

Welcome! This is the place to start when doing genealogical research in Seminole County. Your help is needed to make this page as helpful and complete as it can be. My name is Robet Fisher, and I am again the County Coordinator for Seminole County. All the information you find here is from volunteers and we wish to thank them for all their hard work in gathering and sharing this information with us. I have limited access to Seminole County information as I do not live in the local area. However, if you have any newspapers, books, maps, or other information that would be useful to other researchers, please let me know.

Introduction

In 1913, when Seminole County was carved from Orange County, Sanford continued as the county seat. Seminole County is located in the heart of Central Florida, only 15 minutes north of Orlando. Seminole County enjoys a hospitable climate year-round. Our average temperature is 72 with average seasonal temperatures for winter, 62; spring, 76; summer 82 and fall, 75. Seminole County is only a short drive from beautiful Atlantic Coast Beaches and some of Florida's hottest theme parks and attractions. The arrival in Orange County of Martin Marietta Corporation's aerospace factory in the 1950s and Disney World in the 1970s caused rapid growth in industry and tourism, which spilled over into Seminole County. Seminole County is currently home to the incorporated cities of Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Heathrow, Oviedo, Winter Springs and Longwood. Lake Monroe in Sanford serves as the gateway to the St. Johns River. Seminole County also boasts over 2000 lakes and waterways.

If you would like to learn more visit the Seminole County Convention and Visitor's Bureau 

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#1     FSGS Florida Pioneer Descendants Committee

Do you have an ancestor who lived in the territory of Florida before
1845 statehood?  The Florida Pioneer Descendants Certification
Committee would like to hear from you.

And if your pioneer was born in any county area before it was officially
formed and named, a county award may also be waiting for
you.

Certificates are presented annually at the Florida State Genealogical
Society's Pioneer Banquet each Fall in conjunction with yearly
Conference events.  Your application is an excellent way to honor
those folks who braved hardships to settle previously unknown areas.

For additional information, see the website of Florida State
Genealogical Society at      http://www.flsgs.org/
and click on "Florida Pioneer" at top of page.

Don't put it off much longer! The deadline for submission of your
application and documents will be June 30, 2010.

We look forward to celebrating your Florida ancestry with you.


Cemeteries

All cemeteries Some of the cemeteries in the area are: Lake Mary, Paola, Slovak, St Lukes, Woodbridge and Stewart Memorial Park. We would like to thank Johanna Donnelly, Vivian Alcott, Theresa Mann Elliott, Mal & Mary Jo Martin, and Steve Rajtar for all the work they did in extracting this information.

Census

1860 Orange County Census (Seminole County was part of Orange County until 1913). You may either click on the name, or on the page number to see the people enumerated on that page. At this time this is the only census record available. As other census become available they will be posted. You might want to check out this site Census finder

Churches

First Baptist Church, Sanford, Florida Excerpt from "History of the First Baptist Church, Sanford, Florida" by Grace Marie Stinecipher - listing of charter members, 1884. By permission of the author. Our volunteer on this project: Ms. Roberta Rose.

Courthouse Records.

Vitals Thank you to all of those who have contributed.

Deaths

Nathan H. Fogg

Mrs. Hattie Levitt

James Edward Terwilleger

Visit   Rootsweb to check the Social Security Death Index.

History

Florida Folk History - Seminole County

Historical Society Genealogical Societies, and Museums. (with special thanks to Karen Jacob's Museum of Seminole County History, who provided the addresses of most of the societies listed).

Marriages

Please note that this is updated as information comes in.

Military

Civilian Draft Registration

1917-1918 Civilian Draft Registration    Abstracted by Mr. Raymond H. Banks.

Confederate Pension Applications

Confederate Pension Applications

Florida residents in the Civil War. Contributed to the GenWeb Arcives by Cathy Burnsed.

Sons of Spanish American War Veterans

Roster and other interesting information regarding the Spanish American War of 1898. Also includes the Phillippine Insurrection 1899-1901 and the Boxer Rebellion 1900-1901.  This site was on Geocities. 

Museum

Museum of Seminole County History (Description and history) Historical and Genealogical Societies, and Museums

Neighbors

Brevard                        Volusia                             Orange                               Lake

Pictures

Pictures of yesterday. There are many ways history can be recorded. This being in the standard wrtitten format, monuments, and photographs. Photography had its early beginning in the mid 19th Century, and played an important role in chronicling the events of the American Civil War or The War of Rebellion. Thus depicting the battle field scenes showing the victor, as well the loser. In relationship to written vs photographic history, photos don't lie or stray from the truth.

Sources

Published Resources

Includes books about Seminole County, individual city histories, city directory information and local newspaper coverage.

Seminole County Mailing List

FLSEMINO-L-request@rootsweb.com This list will send you mail everytime something new is received.

FLSEMINO-D-request@rootsweb.com This list will send you mail every so often, maybe every 4 or 10 letters.

To subscribe to either list, first select the list you wish to subscribe to and click on the link, second enter"subscribe" in the message body; without the quotation marks.

Queries

To access the Seminole County Message Boards, click here Below is a sample of a good query:

Harding, Frank (1856-1930) Delaware>Michigan>Florida

Need to find information regarding my great grandfather Harding while he was living in Florida. He had three children and I was told he retired to Florida. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

LookUp Volunteers Needed

If you own (or have access to) Seminole County books, maps, newspapers, or other materials, please volunteer to assist other researchers.

This site is being worked on. Please check back for further development .
Last updated 25 Jun 2011