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Sarasota County, Florida

Sarasota County

Sarasota County was created on May 14, 1921 from Manatee County. This county was named for Native American word, of uncertain meaning, for the area.

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

Areas bordering to Sarasota County are Manatee County (north), De Soto County (east), Charlotte County (south).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Sarasota County include Sarasota, North Port, Venice, Longboat Key.

Sarasota 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 Sarasota 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.

Sarasota 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.

Sarasota Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Sarasota is the site of Ringling Art Museum opened in 1931, and winter quarters of Ringling Circus.
  • John Ringling willed the museum to the State of Florida in 1937.

Sarasota County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Sarasota County Courthouse and Government Records

Sarasota County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Sarasota 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 Sarasota 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 Sarasota 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.
  • Sarasota County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 3079, Sarasota, FL 34230-3079 or Sarasota County Courthouse, 2000 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34237
  • Sarasota 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) 861-7400
    • Marriage Records: 1921
    • Land Records: 1921
    • Probate Records: 1921 
    • Court Records: 1921
  • Sarasota 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.
  • Sarasota 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.

Sarasota County Links

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

Sarasota Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sarasota Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Sarasota Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Sarasota Co. FL Census Records

Sarasota Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Sarasota Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Sarasota Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Sarasota Co. FL General and History Websites

Sarasota Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Sarasota Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sarasota Co. FL Military Records

Sarasota Co. FL Schools & Directories

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