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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
DeSoto  • Glades  • Hendry  • Highlands  • Lee  • Sarasota  •
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Location Map
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County InformationEdit


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

County CourthouseEdit

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 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[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 LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

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

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:[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 TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Charlotte, 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 Charlotte County cemeteries.

Census RecordsEdit

For tips on accessing 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
  • 1885 Florida State Population Census includes sex, age, relationship, occupation, place of birth of each family member and parents. Also census for agriculture, manufacture and mortality.
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

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.

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

African American

  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb

Funeral HomesEdit



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.

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

Sarasota CountyDeSoto CountyHighlands CountyGlades CountyHendry CountyLee CountyFL CHARLOTTE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military RecordsEdit

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


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


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

Online Indexes and Records

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

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.





Research FacilitiesEdit


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.




Charlotte County Genealogical Society
PO Box 2682
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Florida Historical Society
435 Brevard Ave
Cocoa FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971

Florida State Genealogical Society
PO Box 940927
Maitland FL 32794-0927
Phone: 407-499-3747


Research GuidesEdit


  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.