DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to DeSoto County Florida genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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DeSoto County, Florida
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Location in the state of 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

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


FLGenWeb Project,Inc. Desoto Countycemetery Index


Desoto County Federal Census Index-FLGenWeb Project,Inc.

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


Churches of Desoto County,Fl.-FLGenWeb Project,Inc.



Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories



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



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

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



Vital Records

  • 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