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

County Facts
County seat: Moore Haven
Organized: April 23, 1921
Parent County(s): DeSoto[1]
Neighboring Counties
Charlotte  • DeSoto  • Hendry  • Highlands  • Lee  • Martin  • Okeechobee  • Palm Beach  •
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County Information


The county was named for Florida Everglades. The County is located in the Southcentral area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Glades County Courthouse
PO Box 10
Moore Haven, FL 33471
Phone: 863-946-0361
Glades County Website

Clerk of Courts has marriage, divorce, land, probate and court records from 1921 and burial records from 1925.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1921.[3]

Glades County, Florida Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1921 1921 1921 1921 1921 1921 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Goodno
  • Liberty Point
  • Harrisburg
  • Sarasota Colony
  • Shawnee
Ghost towns

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Glades, 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 site may have additional information on Glades County cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1930 2,762
1940 2,745 −0.6%
1950 2,199 −19.9%
1960 2,950 34.2%
1970 3,669 24.4%
1980 5,992 63.3%
1990 7,591 26.7%
2000 10,576 39.3%
2010 12,884 21.8%
Source: "".

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

Church Records

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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

Local histories are available for most counties. 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 and Gazetteers

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Military Records

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

Online Indexes and Records

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

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

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.





Voter Records

Research Facilities


Listed below are archives in Glades County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Florida Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries


Listed below are libraries in Glades County. For state-wide library facilities, see Florida Archives and Libraries.



Listed below are societies in Glades County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Florida Societies.
Glades County Historical Society
PO Box 10
Moore Haven 33471-0100

Florida Historical Society
435 Brevard Ave.
Cocoa FL 32922
Phone: 321-690-1971

Florida State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 940927
Maitland, FL 32794-0927
Phone: 407-494-3747


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Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Glades County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia 04/24/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Florida.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Glades County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 26 January 2019.