DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Arcadia
Organized: May 19, 1887
Parent County(s): Manatee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Charlotte  • Glades  • Hardee  • Highlands  • Manatee  • Sarasota  •
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Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Hernando de Soto, a Spanish explorer.[2] The County is located in the Southwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

De Soto County Courthouse
115 Oak Street
Arcadia, FL 33821
Phone: 863-993-4644
De Soto County Website

County Judge has probate records from 1887.
Clerk Ciruit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1887. [4]

DeSoto 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1887 1899 1887 1887 1887 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]

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:[7]

Unincorporated communities
  • Brownville
  • Cubitis
  • Fort Ogden
  • Hull
  • Platt
  • Southfort
  • Tryon
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

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 DeSoto, 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.
1890 4,944
1900 8,047 62.8%
1910 14,200 76.5%
1920 25,434 79.1%
1930 7,745 −69.5%
1940 7,792 0.6%
1950 9,242 18.6%
1960 11,683 26.4%
1970 13,060 11.8%
1980 19,039 45.8%
1990 23,865 25.3%
2000 32,209 35.0%
2010 34,862 8.2%
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

Churches of Desoto County, Florida -- FLGenWeb Index

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

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.

Florida Territorial Land Records

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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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

  • FLGenWeb Project Desoto County Florida, Obituary Index
  • USGenWeb Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties Obituaries Project

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 DeSoto 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

Arcadia Florida Family History Center
630 Hanchey Road
Wauchula Florida
Phone: 863-990-4357

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

DeSoto County Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 1824
Arcadia, FL 34265
(863) 266-5774

Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.
PO Box 1917
Sarasota, FL 34230-1917
Email: [mailto:]

Hernando de Soto Historical Society
605 17th Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 747-1998

Lemon Bay Historical Society
PO Box 1245
Englewood, FL 34293-1245

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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy and History”, Genealogytrails accessed 04/24/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "DeSoto County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/24/2017.
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "DeSoto County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 10 December 2018.