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Lee County, Virginia Facts

When was Lee County, VA Created?
Lee County was established 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 .

What is the County Seat of Lee County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Jonesville also, the county government website is www.leecova.org/ .

What counties are adjacent to Lee County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Harlan County, Kentucky (north), Wise County (northeast), Scott County (east), Hancock County, Tennessee (south), Claiborne County, Tennessee (south-southwest), Bell County, Kentucky (west).

What cities and towns are in Lee County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Lee County include Jonesville, Pennington Gap, St. Charles, Ben Hur, Dryden, Ewing, Keokee, Rose Hill, Woodway .


Lee County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Lee County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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.

The Archives Division has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896 and marriage records prior to 1936. Another resource is the Lee County Health Department, 134 Hill Street, Jonesville, Virginia 24263; (276) 346-2011


Lee County, VA Census Records

What Lee County, VA 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 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. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Lee County, VA 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 Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide

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.

  • Lee County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: P. O. Box 326, Main Street, Jonesville, VA 24263-0326
    • Phone: (276) 346-7763
    • Marriage Records: 1830 
    • Land Records: 1793
    • Court Records: 1793
    • Probate Records: 1808
  • Using County and City Court Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes - County and city records document the daily activities of the courts in Virginia's counties, independent cities, and towns. The Library of Virginia houses both original and microfilm records for many of Virginia's counties and independent cities. The guides list will help researchers navigate the complex variety of county and city records in the Library's collections. It includes County and City Records at the Library of Virginia, Using County and City Court Records, Chancery Cases, Judgments, Lost Records Localities database and Burned Jurisdiction database.
  • Virginia County Records, Volume, VI, VII , IX, X - The records in these series were compiled as part of a series known as the Virginia County Records . The volume includes wills, land grants, and marriage bonds as well as other miscellaneous information on early Virginia settlers.
  • BLM Land Records

Lee County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Lee County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Lee Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Lee Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lee Co. VA General and History Websites

Lee Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lee Co. VA Military Records

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