Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy

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


Sarasota County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Location of Florida in the U.S.
Founded May 14, 1921
County Seat Sarasota
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County Information

Sarasota County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1930 1921 1921

County Courthouse

Sarasota County Courthouse
2000 Main St;
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone:  941-362-4066

Clerk of the Circuit Court has marriage, probate, court and land records from 1921 and divorce records from 1945.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[2]


Parent County

1921--Sarasota County was created 14 May 1921 from Manatee County.
County seat: Sarasota [3]


The county was named for the daughter of famous explorer Hernando de Soto's daughter Sara. The county seat is Sarasota and the county was created May 14, 1921. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


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

The following web site may have additional information on Sarasota County cemeteries.


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

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb


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.

Florida Churches  ~  Church Angel



NARA Ships Passenger Lists These passenger lists cover:
1834 - 1897 Immigration of Russians to the United States
1/12/1846 -12/31/1851 Irish Famine
1850 - 1897 Germans to the United States
1855 - 1900 Italians to the United States


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

Local histories are available for Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy. 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.


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Civil War
World War I
Korean War
Vietnam War


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



Probate records are held by the Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy Courthouse. See the wiki page Florida Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Probate Records


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

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, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online. See also How to order Florida Vital Records

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Florida.

Birth Records
Death Records
Divorce Records
Marriage Records

Societies and Libraries

Englewood Genealogical Society of Florida, Inc. (EGSF)
P.O. Box 795
Englewood, FL 34295-0795
941 496-9539

Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.
Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street, Geldbart Auditorium
Sarasota, FL 34236.
Mail: P.O. Box 1917
Sarasota, FL 34230-1917

The Historical Society of Sarasota
Pioneer Park
1260 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
PO Box 1632
Sarasota, FL 34230

Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida
Kobernick House
1951 North Honore Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34241
Kim Sheintal 941-921-1433

Lemon Bay Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 1245
Englewood, FL 34295-1245

Selby Library
1331 First St.
Sarasota, FL 34236

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 123-139. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sarasota County, Florida Page 137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Sarasota County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida 04/26/2017.