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Citrus County, Florida
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Facts
Founded June 2, 1887
County Seat Inverness
Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Citrus County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1887 1899 1887 1887 1887 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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Citrus County Courthouse
111 W Main Street
Iverness, FL 34450
Phone: 352.637.9470


Office of Historical Resources has marriage records 1887-1945, Cemetery, probate, land and court records from 1887 and military
discharge records 1919-1969; County Health Department has birth and death records[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1887--Citrus County created 2 June 1887 from the northern most part of Hernando County. The original county seat was Mannfield and it was not ever intended to be the permanent county seat.  About 16 months later, the citizens decided to make the town of Inverness the county seat as it was centrally located within the county. Ironically, the Mannfield Town clerk suddenly moved the records in the middle of the night a few days before the scheduled move was to take place.

Currently all that is left of Mannfield is the rubble of a few house foundations and a small cemetery.
County seat: Inverness [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the county's citrus trees. The County Seat is Inverness and the county was created 1887. [4]The County is located in the West area of the state.[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]


Cities
Unincorporated communities
  • Arlington
  • Catawba
  • Chassahowitzka
  • Citronelle
  • Cutlers
  • Holder
  • Hooper
  • Jumeau
  • Landrum
  • Ozello
  • Paradise Point
  • Pineola
  • Red Level
Census-designated places


Former towns[edit | edit source]

  • Mannfield (original county seat, now a ghost town)
  • Orleans
  • Stage Pond (Cemetery still remains)
  • Arlington
  • Fairmount (town site is now Meadowcrest Industrial Park)

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Hernando  • Levy  • Marion  • Sumter

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Citrus, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Citrus County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Citrus County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

Church[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

GenWeb Court Records Inventory

Land[edit | edit source]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Citrus 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[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Citrus County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Citrus County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Citrus 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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Citrus County, Florida . Page 133-137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 143-145.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Citrus County, Florida. Page 133 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).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Citrus County, Florida Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/fla/citrus/ accessed 04/24/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Citrus County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrus_County,_Florida 04/24/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Citrus County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrus_County,_Florida, accessed 24 September 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/5/54/Igiflorida.pdf.