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Sarasota County, Florida Facts

When was Sarasota County, FL Created?
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.

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

What counties are adjacent to Sarasotas County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Manatee CountyDe Soto CountyCharlotte County.

What cities and towns are in Sarasota County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Sarasota, North Port, Venice, Longboat Key.

Sarasota County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Sarasota County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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 CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the 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, FL Census Records

What Sarasota County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Sarasota County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 19301940.

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

Sarasota County, FL Courthouse and Government Records

Sarasota County Courthouse

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

  • 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.
  • Florida Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Sarasota County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Sarasota Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sarasota Co. FL Cemeteries & Church 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