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Lee County, North Carolina

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.

The Lee County Seat is located in Sanford also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Lee County are Chatham County (north), Harnett County (southeast), Moore County (southwest).

Cities and towns located in Lee County include Broadway, Sanford.

Townships located in Lee County which are both numbered and named: 1 (Greenwood), 2 (Jonesboro), 3 (Cape Fear), 4 (Deep River), 5 (East Sanford), 6 (West Sanford), and 7 (Pocket).

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.

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

Lee 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.

Lee County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Lee County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Lee County Courthouse and Government Records

Lee County Courthouse

Genealogist typically forget about the importance of Lee County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy information.

Buried away in North Carolina courthouses and archives everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of the many North Carolina men and women.

The possibilities are excellent that your ancestors have left a detailed record of at least some elements of their lives in the Lee County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

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.

Please make sure to call the clerk's dept to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other facts just before visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. A lot of staff will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to undertake the basic research.
  • Lee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1400 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330
  • Lee County Register of Deeds holds land and vital records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Land records may include deeds, grants, plats, and other miscellaneous items. houses most birth and death records and marriage licenses for Lee County.
    • Phone: 919-718-4585
    • Birth Records: 1913 
    • Marriage Records: 1908 
    • Death Records: 1913
    • Land Records: 1908
  • Lee County Clerk of Court holds probate records and court records if they have not been transferred to the state archives in Raleigh. Probate records include not only wills, but also loose estates records. Court records may include apprentice bonds, bastardy bonds, and officials' or constables' bonds in addition to dockets, fee and account books, and court minutes and orders. They also have Divorce Records.
    • Phone: 919-708-4414
    • Probate Records: 1906
    • Court Records: 1908
    • Divorce Records: call court clerk for details
  • Lee County Tax Assessor / Collector
  • Lee Co. North Carolina County Health Department

Lee County Links

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. Feel free to furnish your own most popular Lee County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Lee Co. NC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lee Co. NC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lee Co. NC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lee Co. NC Census Records

Lee Co. NC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lee Co. NC Church & Bible Records

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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