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Sarasota County, Florida Genealogy

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


Sarasota County, Florida
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Location in the state of Florida
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Location of Florida in the U.S.
Founded May 14, 1921
County Seat Sarasota
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County InformationEdit

Sarasota County, Florida Record DatesEdit

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

County CourthouseEdit

Sarasota County Courthouse
2000 Main St;
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone:  941-362-4066

Clerk of the Circuit Court has marriage, probate, court and land records from 1921 and divorce records from 1945.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[2]


Parent CountyEdit

1921--Sarasota County was created 14 May 1921 from Manatee County.
County seat: Sarasota [3]


The county was named for the daughter of famous explorer Hernando de Soto's daughter Sara. The county seat is Sarasota and the county was created May 14, 1921. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[4]

Boundary ChangesEdit

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

Record LossEdit

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

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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]

Census-designated places

Neighboring CountiesEdit


African AmericanEdit


Cemeteries of Sarasota, 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 Sarasota County cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Sarasota 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 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.

Florida Churches  ~  Church Angel



NARA Ships Passenger Lists These passenger lists cover:
1834 - 1897 Immigration of Russians to the United States
1/12/1846 -12/31/1851 Irish Famine
1850 - 1897 Germans to the United States
1855 - 1900 Italians to the United States


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.

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Sarasota 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.


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Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit
World War IIEdit
Korean WarEdit
Vietnam WarEdit


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



Online Probate 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 RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit
Death RecordsEdit
Divorce RecordsEdit
Marriage RecordsEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

  • Englewood Genealogical Society of Florida, Inc. (EGSF)
    PO Box 795
    Englewood, FL 34295-0795
    Phone: 941-496-9539
  • Genealogical Society of Sarasota, Inc.
    Selby Public Library
    1331 First Street, Geldbart Auditorium
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    Mailing address: PO Box 1917
    Sarasota, FL 34230-1917
  • The Historical Society of Sarasota
    Pioneer Park
    1260 12th Street
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    Mailing address: PO Box 1632
    Sarasota, FL 34230
    Phone: 941-364-9076
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida
    Kobernick House
    1951 North Honore Avenue
    Sarasota, FL 34241
  • Lemon Bay Historical and Genealogical Society
    PO Box 1245
    Englewood, FL 34295-1245
  • Sarasota County Libraries
  • Selby Library
    1331 First Street
    Sarasota, FL 34236
    Phone: 941-861-1100

Family History CentersEdit

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.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sarasota 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), Sarasota County, Florida Page 137 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, "Sarasota County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida 04/26/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Sarasota County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Florida, accessed 10 February 2019.