Lee County, Georgia Facts
Lee County was created on June 9, 1825 from Creek Cessions of 1826 (portion sof Lee County was used to form Randolph County (1828) , Sumter County (1831), Marion County (1827) and Terrell County (1856) ). The county was named in honor of General Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794), a hero of the Revolutionary War.
The Lee County Seat is located in Leesburg and in the current county government website is www.lee.ga.us/.
Counties adjacent to Lee County are Sumter County (north), Crisp County (northeast), Worth County (east), Dougherty County (south), Terrell County (west)
Lee County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your Family Tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Lee County Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Lee County Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lee County Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lee County Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.
You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.
Lee County Archives, Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Lee County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Georgia Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.
Lee County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Lee County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of genealogy and family history.
The chances are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive record of at least some aspects of their lives in the Lee County court records. Even if your ancestors is not mentioned in a Court case, consider all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
I highly recommend you speak to the clerk's department to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or asking for information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Many employees will guide men and women in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the person to do the basic research.
The following county facts denotes the earliest date and what birth, marriage, death, land, wills, and legal records will be in Lee County. The County Courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1856 or 1858, all records were destroyed. It again caught fire in 1872 some records were destroyed
- Lee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Lee County Clerk of Superior Court has jurisdiction over cases for title to land and equity, felony cases, adoptions, divorces, , child support and custody enforcement. The clerk also is tasked with recording deeds and maintaining the chain of title to all property in the county.
- Phone: (229) 759-6018
- Land Records: 1858
- Court Records: 1858
- Lee County Clerk of Probate Court responsibilities include legal proceedings forh Wills, Estates, Guardianships of minor children, Involuntary Committals Hearings, Issuance of Marriage License, ect.. The county probate judge's office is the office where the most valuable genealogical records are created and maintained in the state of Georgia.
- Phone: (229) 759-6005
- Marriage Records: 1867
- Probate Records: 1858
- Lee County Tax Assessors
- Georgia Department of Health has copies for copies of birth and death records since Jan 1919, copies of marriage since June 9, 1952 to 1996 and a Divorce records index since June 9, 1952. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Georgia for current fees and application process.
Lee County Genealogy Links
The following links to Genealogy Resources associated to Lee County. These links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own most liked Lee County genealogy or family history related sites.
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