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United States  go to  Florida  go to  Sumter County

Guide to Sumter County Florida genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Sumter County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Location of Florida in the U.S.
Founded January 8, 1853
County Seat Bushnell
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County Courthouse

Sumter County Courthouse
209 N Florida Street
Bushnell, FL 33513-9402
Phone: 352.793.0200

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and land records from 1853,
probate records from 1856, divorce records from 1900,
court records from 1913 and delayed birth records 1943-1972. [1]


Parent County

1853--Sumter County was created 8 January 1853 from Marion County.
County seat: Bushnell [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Neighboring Counties


African American



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




Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Sumter 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.




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


  • Florida Obituaries  -  Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties -  USGenWeb Obituaries Project


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


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.

  • 1853-1885 - Sumter County Marriage Books 1-3 Index 1853-1885. Batch M513281 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sumter County, Florida Page 137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/3/3f/Igifloridamz.pdf.