As your new site Coordinator for Volusia County, I will be working on getting your website completed as soon as I can. If you have historical information about Volusia County, her citizens or pictures you would like to share, please contact me. I have been doing genealogy since 1980 and if I can help you find some of your family history, I will be glad to work with you.
This site is part of the FLGenWeb and USGenWeb projects, devoted solely to the genealogy and history of Volusia County.
Volusia County was formed from a section of Florida known during the Territorial Period as Mosquito County. During the 1820s, county boundaries were much larger. Years later, the Mosquito territory comprised of Orange, Seminole, Brevard and Volusia counties was formed into one county called Orange. It wasn't until 1854 that Volusia County separated from Orange County and was established by an act of the Legislature, signed by Gov. James E. Broome on Dec. 29.
A theory about the origin of the word Volusia relates to an early settler who once owned a trading post in the old community of Volusia. Some say the town and later the county were named after this Frenchman or Belgian named Veluche (pronounced VOO-loo-shay) who settled along the St. Johns River about 1818. Others attribute the outpost to an earlier English period.
It is said after long use that the word Veluche became Anglicized into its current form. However, this is not documented anywhere. There are no records from either Spanish Territorial Florida, or in later county titles, that indicate that land was owned around Volusia or anywhere in the county by anyone named Veluche or anything resembling it.
The town of Enterprise was the county seat until 1888, when it was moved to DeLand. That city gets its name from Henry A. DeLand, a retired New York merchant who came to the area in 1876, bought a large tract of land and established his own settlement. DeLand laid the foundation for Stetson University and produced one of the first ice plants about 1883.