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Guide to '''DeSoto County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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=== County Information ===
''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[Florida]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]  [[DeSoto_County,_Florida|DeSoto County]]''  
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==== DeSoto County, Florida Record Dates ====
 
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://www.desotoclerk.com/ De Soto County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;115 Oak Street <br>Arcadia, FL 33821<br>Phone: 862.993.4876 <br>  
 
[http://www.desotoclerk.com/ De Soto County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;115 Oak Street <br>Arcadia, FL 33821<br>Phone: 862.993.4876 <br>  
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County Judge has probate records from 1887.<br>Clerk Ciruit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1887. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  DeSoto County, Florida Page 134 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Judge has probate records from 1887.<br>Clerk Ciruit Court has divorce, court and land records from 1887. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002),  DeSoto County, Florida Page 134 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1887--'''DeSoto County was created 19 May 1887&nbsp;from&nbsp;[[Manatee County, Florida|Manatee]] County.<br>'''County seat:''' Arcadia <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1887--'''DeSoto County was created 19 May 1887&nbsp;from&nbsp;[[Manatee County, Florida Genealogy|Manatee]] County.<br>'''County seat:''' Arcadia <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps"] (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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For a list of record loss in Florida counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/fl-counties/#courthouse Florida Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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=== Places / Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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<center>[[Charlotte County, Florida Genealogy|Charlotte]] {{•}} [[Glades County, Florida Genealogy|Glades]] {{•}} [[Hardee County, Florida Genealogy|Hardee]] {{•}} [[Highlands County, Florida Genealogy|Highlands]] {{•}} [[Manatee County, Florida Genealogy|Manatee]] {{•}} [[Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy|Sarasota]]</center> <center>{{FLDeSoto County Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Charlotte County, Florida|Charlotte]]&nbsp;
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*[[Glades County, Florida|Glades&nbsp;]]  
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*[[Hardee County, Florida|Hardee&nbsp;]]  
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*[[Highlands County, Florida|Highlands]]&nbsp;
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*[[Manatee County, Florida|Manatee&nbsp;]]  
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*[[Sarasota County, Florida|Sarasota&nbsp;]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
[http://www.fl-genweb.org/decole/desoto/church/churches.htm '''Churches of Desoto County,Fl.-''']'''FLGenWeb Project,Inc.'''  
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[ '''Churches of Desoto Co [http://www.example.com link title]-http://www.fl-genweb.org/decole/desoto/church/Index.html -['''  
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/land/nara0233.txt Florida Territorial Land Records]  
 
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/land/nara0233.txt Florida Territorial Land Records]  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/florida/ Maps of Florida (1821-1997)]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1870gray.gif 1870 Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of State] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1870gray.gif 1870 Gray's Atlas Panhandle Portion of State] -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1882rand.gif 1882 Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of State]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/maps/1882rand.gif 1882 Rand McNally Panhandle Portion of State]&nbsp; -&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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{{FL Newspaper abstracts|DeSoto}}
  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library]
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/fl/statewide/newspapers/stlibnwp.txt Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library]
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==== Probate  ====
 
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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===== Birth Records  =====
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*1880 - 1935 {{RecordSearch|1674799|Florida, Births and Christenings, 1880-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1877 - 1939 {{RecordSearch|1595003|Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1900 - 1921 {{RecordSearch|1674803|Florida, Deaths and Burials, 1900-1921}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1877 - 1998 {{RecordSearch|1946805|Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1927 - 2001 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8837 Florida, Divorce Index, 1927-2001] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1837 - 1974 {{RecordSearch|1674804|Florida, Marriages, 1837-1974}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1830 - 1993 {{RecordSearch|1803936|Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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*1822 - 1875 and 1927 - 2001 {{RecordSearch|1949340|Florida, Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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*'''1887-1905''' - DeSoto County Marriage Book 1 Index 1887-1905. Batch {{IGI|M737477}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/54/Igiflorida.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1905-1912''' - DeSoto County Marriage Book 2 Index 1905-1912. Batch {{IGI|M737479}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1906-1925''' - DeSoto County Marriage Books 1 and 3 Index 1906-1925. Batch {{IGI|M737871}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1912-1916''' - DeSoto County Marriage Book 3 Index 1912-1916. Batch {{IGI|M737475}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1920-1926''' - DeSoto County Marriage Book 5 Index 1920-1926. Batch {{IGI|M737476}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1926-1936''' - DeSoto County Marriage Book 6 Index 1926-1936. Batch {{IGI|M743065}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives]
 
*[http://statearchives.us/public/florida.htm Florida State Archives]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-FL-001.html Florida State Historical Societies]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Listing by County[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhc/frameset_fhc.asp <br>]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/fl-society-archive/ List of Florida Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-FL-001.html Florida State Historical Societies]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Listing by County  
 
*[http://www.myfloridahistory.org/ Florida Historical Society]  
 
*[http://www.myfloridahistory.org/ Florida Historical Society]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flsgs/ Florida State Genealogical Society]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flsgs/ Florida State Genealogical Society]
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==== Family History Centers  ====
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Arcadia Florida Family History Center]]  
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**Arcadia, Florida
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*[[Arcadia Florida Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/florida/desoto-county/ DeSoto County, FL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109469224279413660242 Florida Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/208192675888750/ Florida Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://sites.google.com/a/flgenweb.net/fldesoto/ DeSoto County FLGenWeb]  
 
*[http://sites.google.com/a/flgenweb.net/fldesoto/ DeSoto County FLGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.myflorida.com/ State of Florida]  
 
*[http://www.myflorida.com/ State of Florida]  
 
*[http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://www.usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb Project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Florida%2C+De+Soto|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Florida%2C+De+Soto|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/De_Soto/ De Soto County, Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/FL/De_Soto/ De Soto County, Florida Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.fl-genweb.org/decole/desoto/desoto.htm Desoto County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc.]
 
*[http://www.fl-genweb.org/decole/desoto/desoto.htm Desoto County, FLGenWeb Project, Inc.]
  
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Guide to DeSoto County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Contents

County Information

DeSoto County, Florida Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

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]

History

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 MapofUS.org 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

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

FLGenWeb Project,Inc. Desoto Countycemetery Index

Census

Desoto County Federal Census Index-FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

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


Church

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-http://www.fl-genweb.org/decole/desoto/church/Index.html -[

Court

Land

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 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.

Maps

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Military

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

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

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

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

Probate

Probate records are held by the DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy 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.

Taxation

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

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 Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

References

  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 https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/54/Igiflorida.pdf.

 

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