Charlotte County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to Charlotte County, Florida ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Punta Gorda
Organized: April 23, 1921
Parent County(s): DeSoto[1]
Neighboring Counties
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Bay of Charlotte Harbor. The County is located in the Southwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Charlotte County Courthouse
350 E Marion Avenue; PO Box 511687
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Charlotte County Website

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate, court
and land records from 1921[3]

Charlotte County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1922 1921 1917 1921 1921 1921 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1921--Charlotte County was created 23 April 1921 from DeSoto County.
  • County seat: Punta Gorda[5]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Acline
  • Bermont
  • Blue Heron Pines
  • Burnt Store Lakes
  • Cape Haze
  • Deep Creek
  • El Jobean
  • Fishermens Village
  • Gilchrist
  • Harbor View
  • Morgantown
  • Murdock
  • New Point Comfort
  • Peace River Shores
  • Pirate Harbor
  • Placida
  • Punta Gorda Beach
  • Punta Gorda Isles
  • Ridge Harbor
  • Riviera Lagoons
  • Rotunda-West
  • Sancassa
  • Sans Souci
  • Shaefer
  • South Punta Gorda Heights
  • Sparkman
  • Tee and Green Estates
  • Tropical Gulf Acres
  • Vizcaya Lakes
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Charlotte, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 4,013
1940 3,663 −8.7%
1950 4,286 17.0%
1960 12,594 193.8%
1970 27,559 118.8%
1980 58,460 112.1%
1990 110,975 89.8%
2000 141,627 27.6%
2010 159,978 13.0%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing census records online, see: Florida Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African American

  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for most counties. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Collection of Genealogical Articles written by Society Members from the Sun Herald Newspapers

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voter Records[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Charlotte County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Florida Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Charlotte County. For state-wide library facilities, see Florida Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Charlotte County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Florida Societies.

Charlotte County Genealogical Society
2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd
P.O. Box 494707
Port Charlotte, FL 33949

Charlotte County Historical Center Society
2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
(941) 613-3228

Southwest Florida Germanic Genealogy Society,
P.O. Box 380185
Murdock, FL 33938-0185

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Charlotte County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/24/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Charlotte County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 24 September 2018.