Lee County, Virginia
Genealogy and Facts

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 .

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

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).

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

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.

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 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.

Please make sure to get in touch with the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or requesting information because of many times changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of staff will guide individuals in obtaining the materials, however it's up to the individual to perform the research.
  • 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
  • Lee County Commissioner of the Revenue
  • Lee County Treasurer
  • Lee County Health Department, 134 Hill Street, Jonesville, Virginia 24263; (276) 346-2011
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes (lva.virginia.gov) 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.

Lee County Links

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.

Lee Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lee Co. VA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lee Co. VA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lee Co. VA Census Records

Lee Co. VA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Lee Co. VA Church & Bible Records

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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