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Lee County, Florida
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Lee County, Florida Facts

Lee County

When was Lee County, FL Created?
Lee County was created on May 13, 1887 from Monroe County. This county was named for Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War.

What is the County Seat of Lee County, FL?
The County Seat is located in Fort Myers also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Lees County, FL?
Bordering Counties are Charlotte County (north), Glades County (northeast), Collier County (southeast), Hendry County (east).

What cities and towns are in Lee County, FL?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel.

Lee County, FL Vital Records

Where can find Lee County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lee County vital records can be found at the Florida Office of Vital Records which has copies of Birth & Deaths reported 1917 to present and Divorce & Marriages since June 6, 1927. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Florida for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Lee County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Florida Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Lee County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.

Lee County, FL Census Records

What Lee County, FL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lee County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Lee Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

There are Florida State censuses from 1867, 1875, 1885, 1935, 1945. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Florida Census Records Research Guide

Lee County, FL Courthouse and Government Records

Lee County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lee County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lee County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Florida Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Old Lee County Courthouse
  • Lee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P. O. Box 2469, Ft. Myers, FL 33902 or 2075 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL 33901
  • Lee County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
    • Phone: (239) 533-5000
    • Marriage Records: 188?
    • Land Records: ?
    • Probate Records:
    • Court Records: ?
  • Lee County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
  • Florida Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Lee County, FL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lee County, FL?
A list of Lee County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Florida Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Lee County, FL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Lee County, FL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lee County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is just a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Lee Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lee Co. FL Cemeteries & Church Records

Lee Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lee Co. FL General and History Websites

Lee Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Lee Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lee Co. FL Military Records

Lee Co. FL Schools & Directories

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