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   Columbia County was established on February 04, 1832 from a portion of Alachua County, as the fifteenth county in Florida.  Columbia County was named in the honor of Christopher Columbus. In 1858 Suwannee County was cut from a portion of Columbia County. The County Seat for Columbia County is Lake City, Florida. Lake City was once the location of a large village established by none other than the famous explorer, Hernando DeSoto. The area now known as Lake City was in the early days known as Halpata Telofa, which may have come from the name of a chief of an Indian Village that was also, at one time, found in the area known today as Lake City. The chief's name was Halpatter Tustenuggee, said to mean "Alligator." 

  

A large portion of the Osceola National Forest is located in Columbia County, named after the famous Seminole Indian Chief.  In the Osceola National Forest is found a two thousand acre natural pond, known as Ocean Pond. Ichetucknee Springs State Park is also found in Columbia County, near Fort White. It is one of the 17 first magnitude springs found in the state of Florida, year round temperature averages about 71 to 74 degrees.


The counties neighboring Columbia County are:  Gilchrist County to the southwest, Alachua County to the south, Union County to the southeast, Baker County to the east, Suwannee County to the west,  Hamilton County to the Northwest, Echols County (Georgia) to the north and Clinch County (Georgia) to the northeast.


   Our site is really growing, but we would really like to have you to become a participant. We need your help in making your Columbia County website an even greater place to research genealogy.  If you have any kind of documents, like: Wills, Deeds, Military Records, Probate Records, Census, etc., pertaining to Columbia County, or Columbia County people, that you would be willing to transcribe; or copy and send to us for transcribing, please consider doing so. If you have family histories or stories of your ancestors from this area, that you would be willing to share, we would love to add them to the site. If you do have something to share, to help with this Columbia County FLGenWeb site, please contact the county coordinator.


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