DeSoto County, Florida Genealogy Guide

DeSoto County, Florida (Map It) was created on May 19, 1887 from Manatee County. DeSoto County was named for Hernando de Soto (c. 1496/1497–1542), a Spanish explorer and conquistador. Learn More About State of Florida History

DeSoto County is bordered by Hardee County (north), Highlands County (east), Glades County (southeast), Charlotte County (south), Sarasota County (west), Manatee County (northwest).

DeSoto County Cities and Towns include Arcadia.

A Map of DeSoto County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

DeSoto Co. Historical Events:

  • When this county was first formed it was the leading cattle raising county in the State. Its early history is the same as that of the parent county of Manatee.
  • Fort Ogden founded 1861.
  • Arcadia incorporated December 8, 1886.

DeSoto County, Florida Courthouse Records

DeSoto County, Florida Courthouse
DeSoto County, FL Courthouse

The DeSoto County Courthouse is located in Arcadia, Florida. Learn More About State of Florida Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in DeSoto 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.

  • DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1887, Land Records from 1887, Probate Records from 1887 and Court Records from 1887. The 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.
  • DeSoto 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.
  • DeSoto 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.

DeSoto County, Florida Census Records

DeSoto County, Florida Vital Records

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