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DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy

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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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

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 CourthouseEdit

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 DatesEdit

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 LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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]

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


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of DeSoto, 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 sites may have additional information on DeSoto County cemeteries.

Census RecordsEdit

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

Church RecordsEdit

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.

Churches of Desoto County, Florida -- FLGenWeb Index

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

African American

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

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 GazetteersEdit

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MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

ObituariesEdit

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

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

Online Indexes and Records

  • 1784 – 1990 Florida Probate Records 1784-1990 FamilySearch
  • 1810 – 1974 Florida Wills and Probate Records 1810-1974 Ancestry ($)

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

  • 1880-1935 - FamilySearch Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935

MarriageEdit

DeathEdit

DivorceEdit

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

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.

Arcadia Florida Family History Center
630 Hanchey Road
Wauchula Florida
Phone: 863-990-4357
Email: FL_Arcadia@familyhistorymail.org
website

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

DeSoto County Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 1824
Arcadia, FL 34265
Phone: 863-993-3277
Website

Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.
PO Box 1917
Sarasota, FL 34230-1917
Website

Lemon Bay Historical Society
PO BOx 1245
Englewood, FL 34293-1245
Phone: 941-473-8491
E-mail
Website

Florida Historical Society
Website

Florida State Genealogical Society
Website

WebsitesEdit

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Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.