Hendry County, Florida

Hendry County

Hendry County was created on May 11, 1923 from Lee County. This county was named for Francis A. Hendry (1833–1917), early Floridian pioneer and politician.

The Hendry County Seat is located in La Belle also, the county government website is www.hendryfla.net/.

Areas bordering to Hendry County are Glades County (north), Martin County (northeast), Okeechobee County (northeast), Palm Beach County (east), Broward County (southeast), Collier County (south), Lee County (west), Charlotte County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Hendry County include Clewiston, LaBelle.

Hendry 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 Hendry 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.

Hendry 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.

Hendry Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • LaBelle incorporated June 7, 1913.
  • The first manufacture of sugar in Florida on large scale began by Southern Sugar Company at Clewiston, January, 1929.

Hendry County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Hendry County Courthouse and Government Records


Hendry County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Hendry 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.


Old Hendry County Courthouse

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 Hendry 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 Hendry 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.
  • Hendry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 1760, LaBelle, FL 33975 or 25 Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL 33935
  • Hendry 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) 675-5217
    • Marriage Records: 1923
    • Land Records: 1923
    • Probate Records: 1923 
    • Court Records: 1923
  • Hendry 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.
  • Hendry 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.

Hendry County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Hendry 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 Hendry County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Hendry Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hendry Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hendry Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hendry Co. FL Census Records

Hendry Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hendry Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Hendry Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hendry Co. FL General and History Websites

Hendry Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Hendry Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hendry Co. FL Military Records

Hendry Co. FL Schools & Directories

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