Okeechobee County, Florida Genealogy

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


Okeechobee County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Founded May 8, 1917
County Seat Okeechobee
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County Information

Okeechobee County, Florida Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1915 1917 1915 1917 1880s 1917 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse

Okeechobee County Courthouse
304 NW 2nd Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Phone: 863.763.6441

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate and court records
from 1917 and land records from 1880’s.
County Health Department has birth and death records. [2]


Parent County

1917--Okeechobee County was created 8 May 1917 from Brevard County.
County seat: Okeechobee [3]


The county was named for the Lake Okeechobee, which was itself named for Hitchiti words oka (water) and chobi (big). The county seat is Okeechobee and the county was created May 8, 1915. The County is located in the Southeast area of the state.[4]

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

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Ancient Oaks
  • Barber Quarters
  • Basinger
  • Basswood Estates
  • Country Hills Estates
  • Deans Court
  • Dixie Ranch Acres
  • Duberry Gardens
  • Echo Estates
  • Everglades
  • Fort Drum
  • Four Seasons
  • Hilolo
  • Mildred
  • Oak Park
  • Okeechobee Little Farms
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties



Cemeteries of Okeechobee, 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 site may have additional information on Okeechobee County cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Okeechobee 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 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.



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 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

Local histories are available for Okeechobee 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.


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

  • Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library USGenWeb



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


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
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries 

Genealogical Society of Okeechobee County
PO Box 371
Okeechobee, FL 34973-0371
(863) 467-2674

The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee is a non-profit organization devoted to genealogical research and to the preservation of genealogical, biographical and historic records. The Society meets the second Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library.

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.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Okeechobee 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), Okeechobee County, Florida Page 136 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Okeechobee County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okeechobee_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Okeechobee County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okeechobee_County,_Florida, accessed 30 January 2019.