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Lee County, Florida Genealogy

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Guide to Lee County Florida Genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lee County, Florida
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Founded May 13, 1887
County Seat Fort Myers
Courthouse
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Lee County, Florida Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1899 1880s 1899 unknown 1887 1899 1830
*Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1899. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lee County Courthouse
2115 2nd St;
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Ph. 941.335.2283

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, probate court and land records. 

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1887--Lee County was created 13 May 1887 from Monroe County.
County seat:  Fort Myers [2] The county was named for Robert E. Lee, Confederate general in the American Civil War.

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Robert E. Lee, general in the American Civil War. The County Seat is Fort Myers and the county was created 1887.[3] The County is located in the Southwest area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Florida county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Florida County Boundary Maps" (1821-1997) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

  • Charlotte - Charlotte County was established April 23, 1921 named for the Bay of Charlotte Harbor. Punta Gorda is the only incorporated city in Charlotte County.
  • Collier - Collier County was created in 1923 from Lee County. It was named for Barron Collier, an advertising mogul and real estate developer from New York City.
  • Glades - Glades County was created in 1921 and is named for the Florida Everglades.  The Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation is located in the county.
  • Hendry - Hendry County was formed from Lee County on May 11, 1923 and named for Major Francis A. Hendry, one of the first settlers.  Hendry County is the site of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation.

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

  • [1] African American Griots Project
  • Afrigeneas - African Genealogy

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Lee, Florida online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Florida Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Lee County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Lee County, Florida Genealogy census records online, see: Florida Census.

  • 1783 Spanish Census USGenWeb
  • 1821 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1823 Census/Tax List Index USGenWeb
  • 1880 Census African Born Blacks and Mulattos USGenWeb
  • Federal Census Information from National Archives USGenWeb
  • State Census Information from Florida State Archives USGenWeb
  • Census of Pensioners Revolutionary Military Service USGenWeb


Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Florida denominations, view the Florida Church Records wiki page.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Florida Land and Property for additional information about early Florida land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Florida Territorial Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lee County, Florida Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Florida Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Charlotte CountyGlades CountyHendry CountyCollier CountyFL LEE.PNG
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Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]
Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lee County, Florida Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • News-Press 2442 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901- 239.335.0200
  • Microfilm for the Fort Myers News-Press from 1884 to the present can be found at the Fort Myers Regional Library
    2450 First Street
    Fort Myers, Florida 33901
  • USGenWeb Archives Early Florida Newspapers at the Florida State Library

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records


Taxation[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Florida Taxation.

Voter Registration[edit | edit source]

1885-1909 "Voter Registration Records, Town of Fort Myers and Lee County, Florida 1885-1909". A limited printing was done with copies being donated to the Fort Myers Regional Library, the Southwest Florida Museum of History, the Southwest Florida Historical Society, the State Library of Florida, and the Lee County Genealogical Society.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Florida State Archives, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]
Divorce Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First Street
Ft Myers Florida 33901
Phone: 239-533-4626
website
Fort Myers Regional Library

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lee County, Florida . Page 133-137 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 143-145.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lee County, Florida Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/fla/lee/ accessed 04/25/2017.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Lee County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Florida 04/25/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Lee County, Florida," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_County,_Florida, accessed 26 January 2019.