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''{{breadcrumb| link1=[[United States Genealogy|United States]] | link2=[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Florida, United States Genealogy|Florida]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] | link3=[[Polk County, FloridaGenealogy|Polk County]] | link4=| link5=[[Image:Gotoarrow.pngLakeland, Polk County, Florida Genealogy|Lakeland]] }} Guide to '''Lakeland, Polk County ancestry, genealogy and family history''''' , birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
=== Quick Facts ===
== Resources ==
 
=== African-Americans ===
 
*[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/AfriAmer/Rochelle.html Professor W. A. Rochelle]
*[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/AfriAmer/AfrHerit.html African American Heritage and History in Lakeland]
*[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/AfriAmer/JackLongw.html Jackson C. Longworth]
 
=== Archives and Libraries ===
 
*[http://www.lakelandgov.net/library/Home.aspx Lakeland Public Library]
 
=== Biographies ===
 
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~crackerbarrel/UAL.html Ulysses A. Lightsey]
=== Cemeteries ===
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2345272 All Saints Episcopal Church] <br>All Saints Episcopal Church‎<br>202 South Massachusetts Avenue<br>Lakeland, FL‎ *<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2219480 Carpenters Home2345272 Findagrave.com] *Carpenters Home <br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2265935 Collins2219480 Findagrave.com] *Collins <br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2255830 2265935 Findagrave.com] *First Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden]<br>175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive<br>Lakeland, FL 33801 *<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2280826 2255830 Findagrave.com] *First United Methodist Church Columbarium] *<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2348323 2280826 Findagrave.com] *Florida Presbyterian Homes Memorial Gardens<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2348323 Findagrave.com] *Gapway <br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=72019 GapwayFindagrave.com] *Griffin <br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=72061 GriffinFindagrave.com] <br>Established 1868 on land donated by James A. Chapman in 1865 *Lakeland Memorial Gardens <br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=521310 72162 Findagrave.com] <br>2125 S Bartow Road<br>Lakeland, FL 33801 *Lakeview <br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=72168 Findagrave.com] *Mount Tabor <br>3504 Mt. Tabor Road<br>Lakeland, FL <br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=246732 Findagrave.com] *New Home Baptist Church<br>[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/cemeteries/newHome/NewHomeCem..html Polk County FLGenWeb Project Inc]<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2148053 Findagrave.com] *Oak Hill Burial Park <br>4620 Hwy 98 S<br>Lakeland, FL 33810[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=183813 <br>Findagrave.com] *Presbyterian Church in The Highlands<br>1010 Lake Miriam Dr<br>Lakeland, FL 33813 <br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2390683 Findagrave.com] <br>(note: small Memorial Garden with small plots for interring ashes of loved ones. You must go in the church to view position of plots) *Roselawn<br>[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/cemeteries/roselawn/index.html Polk County FLGenWeb Project, Inc]<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=72541 Findagrave.com] *Socrum] <br>also known as Bethel Baptist<br>3125 W. Socrum Loop Road<br>Lakeland, Fl 33809<br>The church started about 1845, the cemetery began shortly thereafter.<br>[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/cemeteries/Socrum/Index.html Polk County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc]<br>[http://interment.net/data/us/fl/polk/bethel_bapt/index.htm Interment.net]<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=521310 Findagrave.com]<br> *Serenity Gardens also known as Trinity Memorial Gardens<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2230366 Findagrave.com] *Stephenson<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=72660 Findagrave.com] *Tiger Flowers<br>[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=72694 Findagrave.com]
=== Church History and Records ===
==== Baptist ====
*First Baptist (Southern Baptist Convention)<br>A historic sketch: celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the First Baptist Church, Lakeland, Florida, 1885-1945 {{FHL|1387121|item|disp=FHLCFamilySearch Catalog}} Digital version at [httphttps://contentdmwww.libfamilysearch.byu.eduorg/library/books/records/item/u494307-a-historic-sketch-celebrating-the-sixtieth-anniversary-of-the-first-baptist-church-lakeland-florida-1885-1945?/FH35,14838 BYU Family History Archivesoffset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library].<br>Minutes, membership 1897-1948 {{FHL|456905|item|disp=film 984366}} <br>Minutes, membership 1948-1963 {{FHL|456905|item|disp=film 984367}}
==== Episcopal ====
*St. David's Episcopal<br>Church records, 1953-1993 {{FHL|658649|item|disp=FHLCFamilySearch Catalog}} <br>Baptisms, burials, marriages, 1953-1993 <br>Communicants and confirmations <br>St. David's history, May 16, 1953 - May 16, 1993
=== Directories ===
*'''1915-1916:''' Lakeland, with Auburndale, Bartow, Ft. Meade, Kathleen, Mulberry and Winter Haven {{FHL|1046149|item|disp=film 2308585 Item 1}}
*'''1925:''' Bartow, with Auburndale, Babson Park, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry and Winter Haven {{FHL|1046149|item|disp=film 2308573 Item 1}}
*'''1925:''' Winter Haven, with Auburndale, Babson Park, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland and Mulberry (R. L. Polk) {{FHL|1046149|item|disp=film 2310371 Item 4}} (note: there is no film break between Winter Haven and Bartow)
*'''1928:''' Bartow, with Auburndale, Fort Meade, Haines City, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Winter Haven and others {{FHL|1046149|item|disp=film 2308573 Item 2}}
=== History ===
*Mosswood Remembered {{FHL|753337|item|disp=FHLCFHL}}*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~crackerbarrel/FF.html First Families of Polk County, Florida] *'''Lightsey Family '''[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/Pioneers/lightsey.html Polk County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc] *[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~crackerbarrel/Whiddon.html '''Whiddon / Whidden''' Early History]
=== Newspapers ===
[http://www.theledger.com The Lakeland Ledger]
 
=== Obituaries ===
 
*[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/Pioneers/DoyleLightsey.html Doyle Lightsey]
*[http://fl-genweb.org/decole/Polk/Pioneers/Riggins.html Norman Alpheus Riggins family]
== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
[http://library.mypclc.org/historical/ '''Bartow Historical Library],''']'''Bartow, Fl.'''  [[Daughters of the American Revolution|'''Daughters of the Americal Revolution''']]
== Websites ==[[Lakeland Florida Family History Center]]
== References Websites ==
{{reflist}} {{Polk County, Florida}} {{Florida}} {{Florida-stub}} == References ==
{{reflist}} {{Polk County, Florida}} {{Florida}} [[Category:Polk_County,_Florida]]
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