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DeSoto County, Florida Facts

DeSoto County

When was DeSoto County, FL Created?
DeSoto County was created on May 19, 1887 from Manatee County. This county was named for Hernando de Soto (c. 1496/1497–1542), a Spanish explorer and conquistador.

What is the County Seat of DeSoto County, FL?
The County Seat is located in Arcadia also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to DeSotos County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Hardee County (north), Highlands County (east), Glades County (southeast), Charlotte County (south), Sarasota County (west), Manatee County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in DeSoto County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Arcadia.

DeSoto County, FL Vital Records

Where can find DeSoto County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
DeSoto County vital records can be found at the Florida Office of Vital Records which has copies of Birth & Deaths reported 1917 to present and Divorce & Marriages since June 6, 1927. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Florida for current fees and application process.

You can search online for DeSoto County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Florida Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the DeSoto County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.

DeSoto County, FL Census Records

What DeSoto County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for DeSoto County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

There are Florida State censuses from 1867, 1875, 1885, 1935, 1945. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Florida Census Records Research Guide

DeSoto County, FL Courthouse and Government Records

DeSoto County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the DeSoto County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in DeSoto County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Florida Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • DeSoto County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 115 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266-2401
  • DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
    • Phone: (863) 993-4876
    • Marriage Records: 1887
    • Land Records: 1887
    • Probate Records: 1887 
    • Court Records: 1887
  • DeSoto County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
  • Florida Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

DeSoto County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for DeSoto County, FL?
A list of DeSoto County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Florida Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other DeSoto County, FL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in DeSoto County, FL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to DeSoto County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is just a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

DeSoto Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

DeSoto Co. FL Cemeteries & Church Records

DeSoto Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

DeSoto Co. FL General and History Websites

DeSoto Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

DeSoto Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

DeSoto Co. FL Military Records

DeSoto Co. FL Schools & Directories

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