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Manatee County, Florida

Manatee County

Manatee County was created on January 9, 1855 from Hillsborough County. This county was named for the Manatee, or sea cow, is native to Floridian waters.

The Manatee County Seat is located in Bradenton also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Manatee County are Hillsborough County (north), Polk County (northeast), Hardee County (east), De Soto County (southeast), Sarasota County (south).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Manatee County include Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Palmetto.

Manatee 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 Manatee 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.

Manatee County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Manatee Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Manatee Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Manatee Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Manatee Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Gamble Mansion, near Bradenton, was the place of refuge of Judah P. Benjamin, Secretary of State of Confederacy, while eluding Federal troops after the collapse of the Confederacy.
  • Baden Castle is also a point of great interest to visitors.

Manatee County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Manatee County Courthouse and Government Records

Manatee County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Manatee 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 Manatee 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 Manatee 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.
  • Manatee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 25400, Bradenton, FL 34206 or 1115 Manatee Avenue W., Bradenton, FL 34205
  • Manatee 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: (941) 749-1800
    • Marriage Records: 1856
    • Land Records: 1843
    • Probate Records: 1857 
    • Court Records: 1858
  • Manatee 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.
  • Manatee 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.

Manatee County Links

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

Manatee Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Manatee Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Manatee Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Manatee Co. FL Census Records

Manatee Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Manatee Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Manatee Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Manatee Co. FL General and History Websites

Manatee Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Manatee Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Manatee Co. FL Military Records

Manatee Co. FL Schools & Directories

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