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Sarasota County, Florida (Map It) was created on May 14, 1921 from Manatee County. Sarasota County was named for Native American word, of uncertain meaning, for the area. Learn More About State of Florida History
Sarasota County Cities and Towns include Sarasota, North Port, Venice, Longboat Key.
A Map of Sarasota County, Florida contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Sarasota Co. Historical Events:
- 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, Florida Courthouse Records
Sarasota County, FL Courthouse
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 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.
- Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1921, Land Records from 1921, Probate Records from 1921 and Court Records from 1921. 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.
- 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, Florida Census Records
- Learn More: State of Florida Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: None
- State Population Schedules: 1867-1945
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: None
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: None
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: None
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: None
- Union Veterans Schedules: None
Sarasota County, Florida Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Florida Vital Records
- Birth Records: from January 1917 to present.
- Marriage and Divorce Records: from June 6, 1927 to present.
- Death Records: from January 1917 to present.
- Locations: Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 210, 1217 Pearl Street (Zip 32202), Jacksonville, FL 32231-0042; PH (904) 359-6900 Ext. 1029.
- Vital Records Online: USAVital or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Sarasota County, Florida Resources
- State of Florida Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Florida
- Sarasota Genealogical Society of, Inc.
- Sarasota County Dept. of Historical Resources, 701 Plaza de Santo Domingo, Sarasota, FL 34236
- Lemon Bay Historical & Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 236, Englewood, FL 33533
- Venice Area Archives and Area Historical Collection
- Sarasota County, Florida Message Boards
- Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy Forum
- Sarasota County, Florida Mailing lists