Central Florida started expanding at the turn of last century, and since then its growth has exploded! Even if your home was built after 1980, every neighborhood and its residents have an interesting past to uncover. You may want to contribute to some of the groups who collect stories and histories from the Orlando-Metro area. We gathered together some resources to help you learn more about your Central Florida home.
The best place to begin your search is with the building and property records of your home. County history centers and local courthouses maintain building permits, real estate listings, photographs, maps, neighborhood plans (Sanborn maps), artifacts, exhibits, and official public records. Also these organizations record histories capturing the lives and tales of the residents and leaders in Central Florida. Your mid-Florida Realtor can also view the transaction history of your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
Central Florida History Centers
Lake County Historical Museum
Real Estate Listings, Transactions & Official Records
Mid-Florida Multiple Listing Service (ask your Central Florida Realtor for more information)
Orange County Comptroller
Lake County Clerk of Courts
In addition to history museums, libraries house a wealth of home information, and also grant access to nation-wide newspaper archives, census data, and family records. On your local library website you can find links to websites like HeritageQuest, a directory operated by ancestry.com. Make sure you have your library card handy while searching.
Florida State and Central Florida County Libraries
Florida Memory, Florida state library & archives.
Lake County Library System
Pro-Quest, newspapers dated 1985-present.
HeritageQuest, census data, family records, and local histories.
If you’d like more information about the architecture of your home, swing by these sites. Your home may be designed by one of Central Florida’s notable architects listed below.
Central Florida Architecture History
Central Florida Modern, preserving mid-century modern architecture.
Notable Architects in Central Florida
Ida A. Ryan & Isabel Roberts, first female architects in Central Florida.
Elton J. Moughton Sr., first architect in Seminole County.
The intriguing and colorful history of the Central Florida region can also be found at these sites.
Central Florida History Sites
Finding Joy in Florida, written by Joy Wallace Dickinson of the Orlando Sentinel.
Orlando Retro, stories and postcards from Orlando.