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DeSoto County, Florida
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Founded May 19, 1887
County Seat Arcadia
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County Courthouse

De Soto County Courthouse
 115 Oak Street
Arcadia, FL 33821
Phone: 862.993.4876

County Judge has probate records from 1887.
Clerk Ciruit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1887. [1]


Parent County

1887--DeSoto County was created 19 May 1887 from Manatee County.
County seat: Arcadia [2]

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

For a list of record loss in Florida counties see: Florida Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Charlotte  • Glades  • Hardee  • Highlands  • Manatee  • Sarasota
Manatee CountyHardee CountyDeSoto CountyHighlands CountySarasota CountyCharlotte CountyGlades CountyFL DeSoto.jpg


African American


FLGenWeb Project,Inc. Desoto Countycemetery Index


Desoto County Federal Census Index-FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

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


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 Co link title- -[FLGenWeb Project,Inc.



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 DeSoto County, Florida. 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.




Military Index, Desoto County,Fl.-FLGenWeb Project,Inc.


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


Desoto County Florida, Obituary Index- FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

  • Florida Obituaries  -  Obituary transcriptions from Florida counties -  USGenWeb Obituaries Project


Probate records are held by the DeSoto County, Florida Clerk of Court and are housed at the DeSoto County, Florida Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Florida Probate Records, 1784-1990. 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.


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.

  • 1887-1905 - DeSoto County Marriage Book 1 Index 1887-1905. Batch M737477 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1905-1912 - DeSoto County Marriage Book 2 Index 1905-1912. Batch M737479 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1906-1925 - DeSoto County Marriage Books 1 and 3 Index 1906-1925. Batch M737871 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1912-1916 - DeSoto County Marriage Book 3 Index 1912-1916. Batch M737475 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1920-1926 - DeSoto County Marriage Book 5 Index 1920-1926. Batch M737476 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1926-1936 - DeSoto County Marriage Book 6 Index 1926-1936. Batch M743065 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), DeSoto County, Florida Page 134 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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