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Hardee County, Florida
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Hardee County, Florida Facts

Hardee County

When was Hardee County, FL Created?
Hardee County was created on April 23, 1921 from DeSoto County. This county was named for Cary A. Hardee (1876–1957), governor of Florida at the time of creation of Hardee County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Hardees County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Polk County (north), Highlands County (east), De Soto County (south), Manatee County (west), Hillsborough County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Hardee County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bowling Green, Wauchula, Zolfo Springs.

Hardee County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Hardee County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Hardee 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 Hardee 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 Hardee 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.

Hardee County, FL Census Records

What Hardee County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Hardee County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 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

Hardee County, FL Courthouse and Government Records

Hardee County Courthouse

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

  • Hardee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Drawer 1749, Wauchula, FL 33873 or 417 West Main Street, Room 202, Wauchula, FL 33873
  • Hardee 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) 773-4174
    • Marriage Records: 1921
    • Land Records: 1921
    • Probate Records: 1921 
    • Court Records: 1921
  • Hardee 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

Hardee County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Hardee County, FL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Hardee 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.

Hardee Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hardee Co. FL Cemeteries & Church Records

Hardee Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hardee Co. FL General and History Websites

Hardee Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Hardee Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hardee Co. FL Military Records

Hardee Co. FL Schools & Directories

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