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Lee County,
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Lee County, North Carolina History

When was Lee County, NC Created?
Lee County was created on March 6, 1907 from Moore County and Chatham County. This county was named for Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), a career United States Army officer and general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War.

What is the County Seat of Lee County, NC?
The County Seat is located in Sanford also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Lee County, NC?
Bordering Counties are Chatham County (north), Harnett County (southeast), Moore County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Lee County, NC?
Cities and towns located in the County include Broadway, Sanford.

Lee County, NC Vital Records

Where can find Lee County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lee County vital records can be found at the North Carolina Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Carolina for current fees and application process.

Birth, death and marriage certificates also may be obtained at the Lee County Register of Deeds (ROD) office. Divorce certificates may be obtained from the  Lee County clerk of court.

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 North Carolina Birth Certificate, Death, Divorce and Marriage Certificate Application to mail.

The North Carolina State Archives has the following vital records: Death Certificates, 1913-1975 (Statewide Index: 1913-1979); microfilmed Indexes to Births and Deaths (except Wake, Durham); Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 (not required by law); Cohabitation Records, 1866-1867; microfilmed Marriage Registers and Indexes; microfilmed Marriage Licenses for many of the counties See Also North Carolina Vital Records Research Guide

Lee County, NC Census Records

What Lee County, NC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules which can guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also North Carolina Census Records Research Guide

Lee County, NC 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 pointed out listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also North Carolina Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Lee County, NC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lee County, NC?
A list of Lee County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See also a list of Statewide North Carolina Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Lee County, NC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lee County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Lee Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Lee Co. NC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lee Co. NC General and History Websites

Lee Co. NC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lee Co. NC Military Records

Lee Co. NC Schools & Directories

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