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What's available for genealogists with Manatee County, Florida roots? 
Here's what we're doing to help!

Cemeteries  Inscriptions of Manatee County, Florida 1850-1980,  copyright 1982 by our society. This book was published in 1982 and is now out of print.  However, it is available for viewing as  a PDF file on this website, see the Publications page. Locally the book can be viewed at the Manatee County Library (downtown Bradenton), or the Manatee County Historical Records Library.
Census EXTRACTIONS FROM THE CENSUSES OF MANATEE COUNTY FLORIDA 1860-1870-1880-1885-1895 copyright 1985 by our society.  This book  is available for viewing as  a PDF file on this website, see the Publications page. Locally the book can be viewed at the Manatee County Library (downtown Bradenton).
Library Link to what's new in the Genealogy Department of the Manatee Central Public Library.
Marriage Indexes
  • Beginning through 1911 - compiled & printed by the  Historical Records Library staff, 1405 4th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL  34205. Telephone (941)  741- 4070
  •  1912-1926 - project by our society. (We have completed the Grooms through the letter A.) 
  • 1927-1977 - not indexed, except loosely by groom at the Historical Records Library 1405 4th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL  34205.  (941)  741- 4070
  • 1978 to present - online at the County Clerk's Office Web site.
Obituaries The society has maintained a card file of the obituaries published in the Bradenton Herald newspaper since 1977. It is available offline at the Historical Records Library 1405 4th Avenue West, Bradenton, FL  34205. Give Cindy Russell, Clerk of the Court a call at (941)  741- 4070 to ask for your ancestor's obituary.

Manatee County Research Centers 

Only a few of our members have Manatee County, Florida roots, but we figure you might want to know about the local research facilities:

  • Historical Records Library (Older courthouse records are here!)
    1405 4th Avenue West
    Bradenton 34205. 
    941 - 741- 4070
  • LDS Family History Center
    Street Address: 3400 Cortez Road, Bradenton, FL 
    Best to phone for exact hours: 941-755-6909 
    Hours currently: Monday thru Thursday 9am - 12:30pm, and Tues and Wed Night, 6:30-9:00pm
    Closed legal holidays and last two weeks in December
  • Manatee County Courthouse - Clerk's Office Public Records Online
    1115 Manatee Avenue West
    Bradenton, Florida
    Phone for exact hours: 941 - 741-4070
    Manatee Central Library - hours & online catalog 
    (This is where we meet Oct - May)
    1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West
    Bradenton, Florida 34205
    Tel: 941-748-5555 / Fax: 941-749-7191/ TDD: 941-742-5951
    Library Address  & Contact Information

Florida Specific Links

  • Florida Pioneer Certificates
  • Florida GenWeb 
  • Manatee County, FloridaGenWeb
  • Florida State Archives   (see below for examples of content)

    Florida State Archives  Content - LINK

    Florida Confederate Pension Application Files

    Call & Brevard Family Papers

    Florida's Early Constitutions

    Florida Photo Collection

    Spanish Land Grants

    State Government Records

    Local Government Records

    Manuscript Collections

    Florida Photographic Collection

    Genealogical Collection

    Legislative Acts & Committee Records

    Civil War Records

    Military Service & Pension Records

    Florida Folklife Collection

    Indexes & Guides

    The Black Experience

    Film & Video Collection

    Women's History Resources

    General Information

    About the Archives

    Archives Online Catalog


    Capital Post Conviction Records Repository

    International Archive & Repository

    Hours/ Location

    New Genealogical Services 


  • ROOTSWEB - Florida Message Boards 
  • FL GenWeb Project  (listed/indexed by Florida Counties)

"How-to" Genealogy Web Sites

Sites Listing Topics from other Genealogy Web Sites: (free)

What to Do on the Internet 

1. Search for my family’s previously compiled ancestry at the LDS Church’s web site (Ancestral File & IGI International Genealogical Index.)

2. Download (free) genealogy software for Windows Personal Ancestral File (PAF) -  LINK

3. Study the Family History Library Catalog -

    It’s the index to over 2 million rolls of microfilm and hundreds of thousands of books and maps from archives, churches, court houses throughout the world.

4. View & print how-to articles:

*Research Guidance" from the Family History Library
*includes the SourceGuides (each state, province, most countries)’s Genealogy -
DearMYRTLE’s Daily Genealogy Column –’s How-To Articles -
Genealogy Research Associates -
Internet How-to (Marthe Arends) -
RootsWeb’s Guide to Tracing Family Trees -

5. Subscribe to these free e-mail genealogy newsletters:

Ancestry Daily News -
DearMYRTLE’s Daily Genealogy Column –
Dick Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter - 
RootsWeb Reviews & Articles -

6. Search the Social Security Death Index (free): -
RootsWeb -

7. Visit these sites indexing topics on other genealogy sites:

Cyndi List
Genealogy Resources on the Internet by John Fuller –
RootsWeb –

8. Check out suppliers of charts & forms listed by Cyndi:

9. Study PERSI Periodical Source Index for references to my ancestors, their ethnic background and places they lived in genealogical magazines published since 1847. 

Then mail away for a copy of each article if the local public library doesn’t have that issue. (This database is part of the "paid" service portion of, perhaps $5 per month, and definitely worth it!)

10. Visit USGENWEB sites to discover more about the states and counties where my ancestors once lived:

11. Join SURNAME or LOCALITY Mail Lists (free) by subscribing at Roots Web:

12. Search genealogy databases (some requiring a membership fee) on the web at: –
Genealogy Gateway –
GenConnect -
GenSearcher –
GenServe –

Note: allows folks to see the number of hits BEFORE typing in (fee-based) user name and password required to see the full document.

13. Order genealogy books & CDs through:

* –
Avotaynu -
Family Tree Maker –
FamilySearch –
Genealogical Publishing Company –
Hearthstone Books - 
Heritage Books –
PRO Bookstore (Great Britain) - 
D & W Rare Books - LINK
Willow Bend Books -

14. Visit historical sites such as:

George Washington's Letters Online – Library of Congress Web Site –
History Channel –
Tower of London Tour -
Valley Forge Home Page –
WPA Life Histories--Home Page –

15. Visit nationally-ranked genealogy web sites:

Canadian National Archives –
General Registry Office - Scotland – LINK
National Archives Electronic Access Project –
National Archives of Ireland –

16. Check out dictionaries and translation services:

Marriam Webster Dictionaries – LINK
Dictionnaire des Communes de la France –
Various Languages to English – LINK
Middle English Dictionary –
Your (includes Bucknell University’s list) –

17. View scanned images of original records:

Bureau of Land Management -
Hillsborough County, Florida Marriage Records - Index   --  LINK
USGenWeb Census Project – LINK

18. Visit online card catalogs and state library web pages to prepare for a research trip, or borrow a book through interlibrary loan.

Family History Library Catalog - LINK
Library of Congress –
Library of Virginia – LINK
NGS Online Catalog – LINK
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) -
State Library of North Carolina – LINK
WebCats – LINK

19. Find maps and use town locator services:

1895 US Atlas Map – LINK
Historical/Ancient Map Site – LINK
Color Land Form Maps –
Canadian Maps - LINK
Cyndi Howell, Gazetteers & Geographical Information – LINK
German Town Locator Site – LINK
MapQuest –
US Gazetteer Searchable Index - LINK
Eastern Europe - LINK

20. Favorite Search Engines – to find live people or surf the web, when all else fails:

AskJeeves –
Dog Pile –
Four11 - 
Google -

Hot Bot –
International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR) -
Military Viet Nam -
Newspapers –
Reverse Directory - 
Switchboard - 
Ultimate White Pages -
Yahoo –


NOTE:  This list is adapted from DearMYRTLE's Top 20 Favorite Genealogy Things to Do on the Internet.

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