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Lee County, Kentucky
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Lee County, Kentucky Facts

When was Lee County, KY Created?
Lee County was created on March 1, 1870 from Owsley County, Breathitt County, Wolfe County and Estill County. Currently the county was named in honor of Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, Revolutionary War hero and Governor of Virginia .

What is the County Seat of Lee County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Beattyville additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Lee County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Powell County (north), Wolfe County (northeast), Breathitt County (southeast), Owsley County (south), Jackson County (southwest), Estill County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Lee County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Beattyville.

Lee County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Lee County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lee County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky 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 you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.

Lee County, KY Census Records

What Lee County, KY 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 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Lee Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Lee Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Lee Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Lee County, KY 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 Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Lee County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 256 Main St., Beattyville, KY, 41311
    • Phone: (606) 464-4102
    • Marriage Records: 1870 
    • Land Records: 1870
    • Probate Records: 1870
  • Lee County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Lee County Courthouse, 256 Main St., P.O. Box E, Beattyville, KY 41311-2005
    • Phone: (606) 464-8400
    • Court Records: 1870
  • Lee County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  •  Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
  • Lee County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Lee County USGenWeb Archives Project

Lee County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lee Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lee Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Lee Co. KY General and History Websites

Lee Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lee Co. KY Military Records

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