Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy

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Sarasota County, Florida
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Facts
Founded May 14, 1921
County Seat Sarasota
Courthouse
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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]

History

Parent County

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

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

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American


Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
FLGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
FLGenWeb Archives Rootsweb Interment.net
Tombstone Project Veterans Administration National Cemeteries
Florida Gravestones
Billion Graves

Census

For tips on accessing Sarasota 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.

Florida Churches  ~  Church Angel

Court

Immigration

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

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.

Maps

Military

Civil War
Korean War
Vietnam War

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

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

Englewood Genealogical Society of Florida, Inc. (EGSF)
P.O. Box 795
Englewood, FL 34295-0795
941 496-9539
Email:info@egsfl.org
Website

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
Website

The Historical Society of Sarasota
Pioneer Park
1260 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
Mail: HSOSC
PO Box 1632
Sarasota, FL 34230
941-364-9076
Email:hsosc1@gmail.com
Website

Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida
Kobernick House
1951 North Honore Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34241
Kim Sheintal 941-921-1433
Email:klapshein@aol.com
Website

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


Selby Library
1331 First St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-861-1100
Website


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.

Web Sites

References

  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).
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