Lakeland, Polk County, Florida Genealogy

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Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia
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Lakeland was first settled in the 1870s and began to develop as the rail lines reached the area in 1884. It was incorporated 1 January 1885. The town was founded by Abraham Munn (a resident of Louisville, Kentucky), who purchased 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land in what is now downtown Lakeland in 1882 and platted the land for the town in 1884. Among the names considered (and rejected) for the town by its residents were Munnville, Red Bug and Rome City.

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Professor W. A. Rochelle

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Baptist[edit | edit source]

  • First Baptist (Southern Baptist Convention)
    A historic sketch: celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of the First Baptist Church, Lakeland, Florida, 1885-1945 FHLCBYU Family History Archives
    Minutes, membership 1897-1948 film 984366
    Minutes, membership 1948-1963 film 984367

Episcopal[edit | edit source]

  • St. David's Episcopal
    Church records, 1953-1993 FHLC
    Baptisms, burials, marriages, 1953-1993
    Communicants and confirmations
    St. David's history, May 16, 1953 - May 16, 1993

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • 1915-1916: Lakeland, with Auburndale, Bartow, Ft. Meade, Kathleen, Mulberry and Winter Haven 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 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) 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 film 2308573 Item 2

History[edit | edit source]

  • Mosswood Remembered FHL
  • Pioneer Families:

First Families of Polk County, Florida
Lightsey Family Polk County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The Lakeland Ledger

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Bartow Historical Library, Bartow, Fl.

Lakeland Florida Family History Center

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  Bartow Historical Library, .

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