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  I am your county coordinator, Fran Smith.  Glorianne Fahs is the assistant county coordinator.  

If you have information about Lake County, you will contact me  and I will be happy to add your information.  Because people are willing to help people and share their information we are able to maintain our status of the largest FREE internet genealogy group of websites.  Thanks to for providing us this space.

 Pictures, bios, articles of interest, etc. make interesting reading for others.  A new section is being added for those whose family members were cremated.  
This is the only way future generations will find where our loved ones are if they are not listed in a cemetery.  If your loved one was born in Lake, lived, died or was interred here, email me with the information.  

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A Brief History of Lake County

Lake County became a legal entity on July 27, 1887. It was carved out of portions of Orange and Sumter counties. The first County Commission meeting was held in Yalaha at Mendenhall's store and the board rented a two story house as a courthouse in Bloomfield on the south side of Lake Harris.

It was named Lake County because there were over 1400 lakes within its proposed boundaries. Tavares became the county seat after 3 elections that included political maneuvering and outright corruption.

As a part of his effort to have Tavares named as County Seat, Major St. Clair Abrams, who founded Tavares, borrowed $10,000 and built a courthouse, which later was known as the Pioneer Building. In 1922 the county floated a $250,000 Bond Issue and built a new courthouse which is now known as the Historic Courthouse.

The first Post Office was established in Okahumpka on January 2, 1845 when Florida was still a territory. Chetwynd, north of Fruitland Park, was the first Post Office after the county was formed but was discontinued in 1891 and taken over by Fruitland Park.

In 1890, the first census was formed and there were 8,034 people in the county. As of the 1990 census, there were approximately 140,000 people.

Agriculture was the main industry until the freezes of 1983, 1985, and 1989. The agribusiness figure reached $101 Million dollars.

Walt Disney's parents were married in a small town named Kismet, which no longer exists, on December 27, 1887. As a child, Walt used to spend vacations visiting his Aunt Jessie Perkins in Paisley.

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Lake Cemetery updates

Recent Additions

Cremains listing - people who lived, died or their remains are in Lake Co.



Pioneer Family Certification

Are you a descendent of a Leesburg (and vicinity) pioneer family? If so, we're looking for you. In fact, we're hoping to reach all of Leesburg's Pioneer Descendant families, so we can honor them in our celebration of Leesburg's Sesquicentennial.

The Leesburg Pioneer Certification, sponsored by the Leesburg Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, honors Leesburg pioneers and their descendants who arrived by the time Leesburg was chartered  July 12, 1875.
Applications and instructions are available at Leesburg Heritage Society, South 6th Street, and Leesburg Public Library, North 5th Street, or by email at
F150cert@aol.comHelp with your application is available at Leesburg Public Library each Monday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment with the Adult Services Librarian, Carol Anderson, at 352-728-9790.  Or by contacting the Pioneer Certification Chairman, Glorianne Fahs, by phone at 787-5969 or email at
Certificates will be awarded all during the Sesquicentennial Year as your application is approved.

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Leesburg Scanning Project
The Leesburg Heritage Society has been scanning old pictures of Leesburg and vicinity as part of the city’s 150th birthday (2007).  As well as becoming part of Leesburg Heritage Society’s permanent collection, most of these pictures will be placed in the Florida Photographic Collection at Original pictures will be returned after they are scanned. This is an ongoing project.  Please contact Glorianne to arrange a time to meet to have your pictures scanned.

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Groveland Historical Museum


Everyone is invited to participate. You can purchase an advance copy of the book at and sign up for the One Book One Community program (free!) at

Lake County Government Home Page

Where is Lake County
Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates
Lake County Libraries

Other Florida Resources

Florida Facts and History
Migrations (add your ancestors here)
Origin of Florida Place Names
List of Florida Family History Centers
Florida War History
Cyndi's List of Florida Genealogy Web Sites
Where To Write for Vital Records - Florida
ROOTS-L U.S. Resources: Florida
Census Project
Census Project
Florida Tombstone Project
Florida African American Roots
Florida Digital Library and Archives

Textual Collections of Florida
USGenWeb Florida Archives

Genealogist's Index to the World Wide Web

Links are provided for Genealogy research, not to benefit the advertisers appearing on those pages.

If you would like to become a part of this project, please contact
Fran Smith
Florida State Coordinator, for more information.
Florida Counties


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Last updated April 7, 2010
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