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Lee County, Illinois
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Lee County, Illinois Facts

Lee County

When was Lee County, IL Created?
Lee County was established on February 27, 1839 from Ogle County. This county was named for "Light Horse" Henry Lee III (1756-1818), American Revolutionary War officer and ninth Governor of Virginia.

What is the County Seat of Lee County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Dixon also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Lee County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Ogle County, DeKalb County, LaSalle County, Bureau County, Whiteside County

What cities and towns are in Lee County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Amboy, Ashton, Compton, Dixon, Franklin Grove, Harmon, Henkel, Nelson, Paw Paw, Steward, Sublette, Walton, West Brooklyn.

What Townships are in Lee County, IL?
Townships located in the County include Lee Center, Hamilton, Harmon, East Grove, Bradford, Brooklyn, Ashton, Alto, Amboy, China, Dixon, Palmyra, May, Marion, Nelson, Nachusa, South Dixon, Reynolds, Viola, Sublette, Willow Creek, Wyoming.

Lee County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Lee County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lee County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois 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 Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Lee County, IL Census Records

What Lee County, IL 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 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Lee Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lee Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Lee Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Lee County, IL 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 Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Lee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 112 East 2nd St, Dixon, IL 6102
  • Lee County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 815-288-3309
    • Marriage Records: 1839
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1838
  • Lee County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 815-284-5234
    • Probate Records: 1839
    • Court Records: 1840
  • Lee County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Lee County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Lee County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lee County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Lee Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lee Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lee Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Lee Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lee Co. IL General and History Websites

Lee Co. IL Military Records

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