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Lee County was founded on October 25, 1792 from Russell County (Part of Scott County was added in 1823) . This county was named for Light Horse Harry Lee, Revolutionary War general and governor of Virginia .
Areas bordering to Lee County are Harlan County, Kentucky (north), Wise County (northeast), Scott County (east), Hancock County, Tennessee (south), Claiborne County, Tennessee (south-southwest), Bell County, Kentucky (west).
Lee County vital records can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has Birth and Death Records since June 14, 1912 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Virginia for current fees and application process.
You can search online for Lee County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Lee Co. Virginia Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
Lee County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 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. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Lee County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist frequently forget the value of Lee County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in Virginia courthouses and archives everywhere are often the aspirations and worries of countless Virginia residents.
The possibilities are great that your ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a few elements of their lives in the Lee County court records. Even if your forebears is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
Lee county courthouse built 1933 in Jonesville, Virginia. The Lee county courthouse was destroyed by fire February 13, 1933. The fire could be seen through the ceiling and spread quickly. It seemed to have started in the garret over the courtroom under the copula and flagstaff in the center of the top of the building. Purse’s director was saved by the vaults and helping hands from the clerk’s office. A number of files, some furniture and stationary was burned. The deed books were hurriedly removed by the clerk and deputy clerk, J. M. Smith and C. D. Walton, and a number of faithful volunteer helpers. The building being entirely destroyed, except for the vaults.
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lee county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Lost the oldest marriage register in an 1863 fire.
The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources related to Lee County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is just a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to provide your own favorite Lee County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.