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Charlotte County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to Charlotte County, Florida ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Charlotte County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Facts
Founded April 23, 1921
County Seat Punta Gorda
Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Charlotte County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1922 1921 1917 1921 1921 1921 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Charlotte County Courthouse
350 E Marion Avenue; PO Box 511687
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone: 941.637.2199

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate, court
and land records from 1921[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1921--Charlotte County was created 23 April 1921 from DeSoto County.
County seat: Punta Gorda [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Bay of Charlotte Harbor. The County Seat is Punta Gorda and the county was created April 23, 1921. The County is located in the Southwest area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
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Unincorporated communities
  • Acline
  • Bermont
  • Blue Heron Pines
  • Burnt Store Lakes
  • Cape Haze
  • Deep Creek
  • El Jobean
  • Fishermens Village
  • Gilchrist
  • Harbor View
  • Morgantown
  • Murdock
  • New Point Comfort
  • Peace River Shores
  • Pirate Harbor
  • Placida
  • Punta Gorda Beach
  • Punta Gorda Isles
  • Ridge Harbor
  • Riviera Lagoons
  • Rotunda-West
  • Sancassa
  • Sans Souci
  • Shaefer
  • South Punta Gorda Heights
  • Sparkman
  • Tee and Green Estates
  • Tropical Gulf Acres
  • Vizcaya Lakes
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

DeSoto  • Glades   • Hendry  • Highlands  • Lee  • Sarasota

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Charlotte, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Charlotte County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Charlotte County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Charlotte County, Florida Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Sarasota CountyDeSoto CountyHighlands CountyGlades CountyHendry CountyLee CountyFL CHARLOTTE.PNG
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for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Charlotte County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Charlotte County Genealogical Society
PO Box 2682
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
Website

Charlotte County Genealogical Society
PO Box 494707
Port Charlotte 33949-4707


Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Charlotte County, Florida . Page 133-137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 143-145.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Charlotte County, Florida. Page 133 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Charlotte County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_County,_Florida 04/24/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Charlotte County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlotte_County,_Florida, accessed 24 September 2018.