Hardee County, Florida
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Hardee County

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.

The Hardee County Seat is located in Wauchula also, the county government website is www.hardeecounty.net/.

Areas bordering to Hardee County are Polk County (north), Highlands County (east), De Soto County (south), Manatee County (west), Hillsborough County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Hardee County include Bowling Green, Wauchula, Zolfo Springs.

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 Application to mail.

Hardee County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1930, 1940.

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Hardee Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • It is the second largest strawberry producing county in the State.
  • Capt. George S. Payne and D. Whiddon were killed at a trading post on Peace River, June 17, 1849.
  • First bank in Wauchula founded March 15th,, 1904, the cor-poration being known as Carlton and Carlton Bankers.

Hardee County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Hardee County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Hardee County Courthouse and Government Records


Hardee County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Hardee County court, probate, and land documents as a source of family history and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Florida courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Florida residents.

The chances are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of factors of their lives in the Hardee County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Hardee county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

Make sure you call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details before visiting or inquiring about information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of employees will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to undertake the researching.
  • 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.
  • 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 Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Hardee County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Hardee Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hardee Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hardee Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hardee Co. FL Census Records

Hardee Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hardee Co. FL Church & Bible 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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