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 Anne Huffman, and I am
the new 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
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
FSGS Florida Pioneer Descendants Committee
Do you have an ancestor
who lived in the territory of Florida before
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.
presented annually at the Florida State Genealogical
Society's Pioneer Banquet
each Fall in conjunction with yearly
Your application is an excellent way to honor
those folks who braved
hardships to settle previously unknown areas.
information, see the website of Florida State
Genealogical Society at
and click on "Florida
Pioneer" at top of page.
We look forward to
celebrating your Florida ancestry with you.
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.
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
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.
Thank you to all of those who have contributed.
to check the Social Security Death Index.
Folk History - Seminole County
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).
Please note that this is updated as
information comes in.
Civilian Draft Registration
Civilian Draft Registration Abstracted by Mr. Raymond H. Banks.
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.
of Seminole County History (Description and history) Historical
and Genealogical Societies, and Museums
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.
Includes books about Seminole County, individual city
histories, city directory information and local newspaper coverage.
Seminole County Mailing List
This list will send you mail everytime something new is received.
This list will send you mail every so often, maybe every 4 or 10
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.
To access the Seminole County Message Boards, click
here Below is a sample of a good query:
Harding, Frank (1856-1930)
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
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 updated. Please check back for further development .
Last updated 18 May 2014